Tabatha Wood lives in Aotearoa, New Zealand and writes weird, dark fiction and uplifting poetry, usually under the influence of strong coffee. Despite her obsession with the strange and unusual, she considers herself mostly harmless, and her stories are often as hopeful as they are unsettling. 

A former teacher of English and Drama, her first books were aimed at those working in education. She now teaches from home while writing in her spare time. Her debut collection, DARK WINDS OVER WELLINGTON: CHILLING TALES OF THE WEIRD & THE STRANGE was shortlisted for a Sir Julius Vogel award in 2020 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, a 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:

  • Resting Book Face Reviews – MATRYOSHKA by Penny Jones
    The most wonderful thing about Penny Jones’ writing is it is impossible to pigeonhole her into any specific genre box. While her stories do often have recurring themes, she approaches each one with a fresh angle of attack every time. She is never predictable nor does she rely on tropes, her characters are as likeable as they are often horrible, and her prose has a delicious, dark beauty to it where dreadful events are described in layers of lyrical narration.
  • Life After Lockdown — A Year On
    I turned forty-one last year in the middle of lockdown, alert level 4, and it was one of the best birthdays I’d ever had…
  • Notebooks
    Writing in a new notebook feels like a strange parallel to your life. The first page, of course, will always be the best; the cleanest and neatest, the one with the most promise.