Tabatha Wood lives in Wellington, the ‘Coolest Little Capital’ of Aotearoa, New Zealand and writes weird, unsettling fiction and dramatic poetry, mostly under the influence of strong coffee. 

As a former English teacher and school library manager, her first published books were nonfiction guides aimed at professional educators. She now tutors from home while also working as a freelance writer and editor. 

Her debut collection DARK WINDS OVER WELLINGTON was shortlisted for a Sir Julius Vogel award in 2020 and she made the AHWA Australian Shadows Awards shortlist three times in 2021 for her horror nonfiction and edited work. Her essay on menstruation in horror and speculative fiction won the nonfiction category. 

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-nominated 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:

  • Good Things Come to Those Who Keep Going
    The last time I made a blog post was at the start of May, and I will be the first to admit it wasn’t an entirely “good” post. I was feeling glum and overworked and struggling to find ways to prioritise my time. I had even decided I was going […]
  • Winding Down for Winter
    Well now, I’ve been giving this a lot of thought and I keep hopping over the fence and changing my decision, but the time has come to make a choice. Put simply: Writing isn’t making me happy any more. Or rather, to be more accurate, trying to make writing fiction […]
  • 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.