Short Stories

A selection of free-to-read short stories. Some have been previously published on Curious Fictions, or are reprints from my collections.

All stories are copyright. ©️ Tabatha Wood 2020
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Dog-Meat

Two men living out in the bush are stalked every night by a giant, black hound. What does it want, and who is the creepy stranger at their gate?

Horror. Dark fiction.

Dear Erica

He’s writing a letter for her birthday, and it might be last one he ever sends.

Fantasy.

Bloom

A couple’s visit to a field of sunflowers has an unexpected consequence.

Horror. Fantasy.

Finders Keepers

When a young, down-on-his-luck slacker finds a wallet in the street, he pockets it. But has he made a terrible mistake?

Horror. Dark fiction.

The Path Beneath the Trees

It’s Christmas Eve in the late 19th Century, and Lady Sellick is on her way to a party. But something is lurking in the woods which might just derail her plans.

Gothic. Dreadpunk.

In The Shadow of the Moon, I Saw You Smile

A jade necklace. A lost child. Old magic in cold tides that give and take. Is it a miracle, or has she gone mad? A mother’s story where the past makes decisions for her future.

Fantasy. Dark fiction.

An Ocean of Stars

Reading is as important to her as breathing, and through reading she finds meaning in her life. But what happens when the book which holds the greatest stories she has ever read is finally reaching an end? 

Fantasy.

Long Distance

A flash fiction challenge: 500 word romance using the word “spring.” Coming home. Mending hearts. Exploring love.

Romance. General fiction.

From the Deep

Earthquakes are caused by monsters under the earth, a giant squid advances on Wellington, and a young boy knows the magic words to keep the city safe. But will his grieving father believe him?

Dark fiction. Fantasy.

My Beloved Monster

There’s a monster hiding under her bed, but that’s the least of her worries. She’s had her Monster for many years – is it time for their relationship to change?

Dark fiction. Fantasy.