Learning to Let Go (a Song for the Brave)

©️ Tabatha Wood 2022 In the deepest part of silenceas life’s embers spark and fade,I arise on a wave, barely conscious, cold, washed up on a faithless shore.  My hand in your sorrow, yousaved me still. Much more than I ever deserved. In the shallows…Do you hear the wind calling? Calling.Calling for our broken souls. We wait our turn to answer—braced,too

Short Story: “Long Drop”

To celebrate SEEDS receiving its (amazing!) third award nomination of the year, this time from the Ladies of Horror Fiction for Best Collection, I have decided to make one of the most talked about and much-loved stories in the collection free-to-read for a limited time. Described by author and editor Steve Dillon, who first published

Featherston Booktown

I am delighted to announce that was recently asked to write a scary story for the CAMPFIRE TALES segment of Featherston Booktown, an annual book-focused festival taking place this year from 8th to 12th June. My creepy, urban-legend inspired tale, “The Bobbin Man” will be performed on two evenings and included as part of the

You Get to Choose

A peculiar thing happened to me recently. An unexpected experience, out of the blue, that sent me reeling, questioning, revisiting old emotions that I thought I had buried deep inside of me where they would never, ever resurface. It took me back to almost exactly eight years ago when I let the voices of others

Once More We Rise, extract

I will be releasing my first novel in late 2022, an as-yet unnamed collection of four intertwined novellas best described as gothic fantasy mixed with speculative memoir. The novellas are best described as being separated into "seasons" which span across generations and a collection of characters/events. The following extract is another piece of the puzzle (with some parts left deliberately vague) that makes up the whole.