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. 

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:

  • Short Story – Rabbit
    I will be releasing my first novel in 2022, an as-yet unnamed collection of four intertwined novellas. The world it is set in and the characters it involves are introduced in this short story – “Rabbit.”
  • Scatter My Ashes Over Water, Let My Soul Go Where the Ocean Roars.
    This piece describes my very personal relationship with the ocean, the journeys I have made both physically and spiritually, and where I am in the world.
  • Dear Erica
    It’s almost Halloween and I know some of my readers like to read spooky stories around this time. This is a story that didn’t make it into SEEDS as it just didn’t quite fit the collection. What it is, you’ll have to decide for yourself. I suppose I think of […]