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Tabatha Wood, British/New Zealand author (Pākehā).
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Tabatha Wood is an Australian Shadows award-winning author of dark, speculative fiction and emotional poetry living in Aotearoa. She likes strong coffee, cats and spending time by the sea.
Tabatha Wood is an Australian Shadows award-winning author of weird, dark fiction and narrative poetry from Aotearoa, New Zealand. A former English teacher and library manager, her first books were guides for professional educators. She now tutors from home while also working as a freelance writer, editor and translator.
Tabatha Wood is an award-winning author of weird, dark fiction and narrative poetry from Aotearoa, New Zealand. A former English teacher and library manager, her first books were guides for professional educators, and her work has featured in print and online worldwide. She now tutors from home while also working as a freelance writer, editor and translator.
Tabatha won an Australian Shadows Award in 2021 for her essay on menstruation in horror 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. In 2020, Tabatha was lead editor for BLACK DOGS, BLACK TALES, a charity anthology raising money and awareness for the Mental Health Foundation of New Zealand.
Her creative writing is inspired by her life experiences and the beautiful country where she lives. She is passionate about the benefits of writing for positive mental health and founded the writing-for-wellness group Well-Written in 2017 to promote this belief. Her collaborative project, Memento Vitae – Memories of Life, was born out of Tabatha’s strong desire to write about and share positive memories, and to find healing and connections through creativity.
Tabatha believes in giving back to the community and has organised a number of charity fundraisers and events. She enjoys making her own art and jewellery, and creating costumes and props for cosplay projects, and loves dressing up to help support a good cause.
QUOTES & PRAISE
“Slyly subversive horror. Recommended.” – Jamie Delano, comic book legend and writer of Lepus: Dizzy, Hellblazer: Constantine, plus many others.
“Tabatha’s writing is beautiful and strange. I love it.” – Steve Dillon, Shirley Jackson Award nominee, former AWHA President and author of The Beard and Other Weirdness.
“I love the dark edges she travels in her writing, the slightly eerie, all-too-possibly-true feel they have.” – Mary Walker, author of Lullaby for Mothers.
“Wood has a lovely physicality to her writing that further supports both the beautiful and that which is less so.” – Stella Peg Carruthers, writer and editor.
“Heartfelt and gruesome in all the right places.” – Aiden Merchant, writer, editor and reviewer.
“Tabatha has a way of turning the ordinary into the extraordinary.” – Yvonne Davies, horror reviewer.