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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 narrative poetry living in Aotearoa. They like 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, their first books were guides for professional educators. They now tutor 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, their first books were guides for professional educators, and their work has featured in print and online worldwide. They now tutor from home while also working as a freelance writer, editor and translator.
Tabatha won an Australian Shadows Award in 2021 for their essay on menstruation in horror and was shortlisted three times for their horror nonfiction and edited work. They are a two-time finalist for the Sir Julius Vogel awards, with their 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.
Their creative writing is inspired by their life experiences and the beautiful country where they live. They are 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. Their collaborative project, Memento Vitae, now renamed The Round Pebble, 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. They enjoy making their own art and jewellery; 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 Wood travels in their writing, the slightly eerie, all-too-possibly-true feel they have.” – Mary Walker, author of LULLABY FOR MOTHERS.
“Wood has a lovely physicality to their 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, author of HORRIFIC HOLIDAYS, editor and reviewer.
“Tabatha has a way of turning the ordinary into the extraordinary.” – Yvonne Davies, horror reviewer.