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, their first books were nonfiction guides for professional educators, published by Bloomsbury Press. They now tutor from home while also working as a freelance writer, translator and editor. 

Tabatha won an Australian Shadows Award in 2021 for their essay on menstruation in horror and dark fiction and was shortlisted three times for their horror nonfiction and edited work. They are a two-time finalist for the Sir Julius Vogel awards, with their 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 they were 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. 

If you enjoy any of the content available on my website, I would be thrilled if you would consider buying me a coffee.


Recent blog posts:

  • Learning to Let Go (a Song for the Brave)
    ©️ Tabatha Wood 2022 In the deepest part of silenceas life’s embers spark and fade,I arise on a wave, barely conscious, cold, washed up on a faithless shore.  My hand in your sorrow, yousaved me still. Much more than I ever deserved. In the shallows…Do you hear the wind calling? Calling.Calling for our broken souls. We […]
  • Short Story: “Long Drop”
    To celebrate SEEDS receiving its (amazing!) third award nomination of the year, this time from the Ladies of Horror Fiction for Best Collection, I have decided to make one of the most talked about and much-loved stories in the collection free-to-read for a limited time. Described by author and editor […]
  • No Horror Without the Body: How Body Horror Helped Me Embrace Being Nonbinary
    An essay about horror and identity written for Pride in Horror, June 2022 The doctor calls my name in the waiting room and I take just a little too long to respond. The name she calls out is not the one I use anymore in my daily life, but is […]