Finders, Keepers

Written in response to the prompt of “sloth” for a seven deadly sins collection, this short was ultimately not accepted. So I’ve polished it up a little and put it here instead. Another Christmas treat, if you will. Milton was loitering outside his local pub, smoking a pungent roll-up, when he saw it fall from […]

The Path Beneath the Trees

As a Christmas and Friday 13th gift to my readers, I wrote this very short, seasonal tale. A Victorian-themed, vaguely dreadpunk, Penny Dreadful kind of offering set in a cold, dark wintery night in the northern hemisphere… “M’lady, if it pleases you, your carriage awaits.” The manor doors were flung wide open to expose the […]

And The Nominees Are…

The following are short stories I had published in 2019 which I offer in consideration for award nominations, including (but not limited to) the Sir Julius Vogel Awards, the Hugo Awards, and the Australian Shadows Awards. “From The Deep” in my debut dark fiction collection – Dark Winds Over Wellington: Chilling Tales of the Weird […]

This Year’s Best Of Me

I think it can be terribly easy to fall into the trap of feeling embarrassed or unsure about celebrating your achievements. For a long time I would laugh and say any wins on my scoreboard were a fluke, or a mistake. I would deflect the compliments and play down my hard work. I can’t even […]

One Hundred Word Horrors

The Walls Have Eyes The nightmares started when my mother died. I tried to tell my doctor I saw faces in the walls. They cried out to me from rooms within my childhood home. He told me not to worry, that it was normal. “Pareidolia,” he said. “It’s a very common, human experience.” He doesn’t […]

Resting Book Face: Micro Book Reviews

“Life is short. Every precious second counts, especially when it comes to good books. Resting Book Face brings you quick-fire micro-reviews in under 280 characters. A few seconds to find your next great read. Guaranteed.” Micro-reviews or #micrevs are super short, snappy book reviews. They are always fewer than 280 characters, the character limit of […]

RISE: a collection of poems

My collection of poems about motherhood, family, old friends, spiritual journeys and the sea entitled, ‘RISE’, is available to download for free on Smashwords. https://www.smashwords.com/books/view/988694 I’ve had all my poems sitting together in a folder for a while now. I’d published them in drips and drabs on my blog, but I’d been planning to do […]

Future Imperfect

A sci-fi poem reflecting on the end of the world. future_imperfect_by_tabatha_wood.mp3 Where were you when the red rains came? When the first flames rippled through the forests with their hot, bright fingers of pain. Did you turn to watch or try to flee? So many were struck by terror and shock. For some, blind denial, […]