Tabatha Wood is an award-winning author of dark, speculative fiction and narrative poetry living in Aotearoa, New Zealand. 

A former English teacher and school library manager, her first books were nonfiction guides for professional educators, published by Bloomsbury Press. She now tutors from home while also working as a freelance writer, translator and editor. 

Tabatha won an Australian Shadows Award in 2021 for her essay on menstruation in horror and dark fiction and was shortlisted three times for her horror nonfiction and edited work. She is a two-time finalist for the Sir Julius Vogel awards, with her debut short story collection DARK WINDS OVER WELLINGTON shortlisted for Best Collected Work.

Tabatha strongly encourages the use of writing and creativity for positive mental health, and is the founder of Well-Written, an online group which supports writing for wellness. In 2020 she was the lead editor of BLACK DOGS, BLACK TALES, an Australian Shadows-shortlisted charity anthology of canine horror which has raised over $1000 in support of the Mental Health Foundation of New Zealand. 

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Recent blog posts:

  • Story Planning—How I Move from Inspiration to the Page
    How I plan a story is very similar to how I plan a road trip: the car is packed, I have a full tank of petrol and I know basically where I’m headed, but the actual route I will take to reach my destination is anyone’s guess. My writing philosophy […]
  • The Story Behind the Story—Red-Eye
    My short story “Red-Eye” is one of four reprints included in my new collection, SEEDS. The story was my first ever short fiction acceptance and was originally published in the Australian Horror Writers Magazine, Midnight Echo #14 in 2019. This short piece which explains the inspiration behind it was originally […]
  • In the Shadow of the Moon
    The Advance Review Copies of SEEDS have been sent out and I am now waiting nervously for the first reactions. The following story did not make it into the TOC as it didn’t quite fit with the others, but it still remains one of my most favourite pieces of writing […]