Short Stories

A selection of free-to-read short stories. Some have been previously published on Curious Fictions – where you can find even more – or are reprints from my collections.

All stories are copyright. ©️ Tabatha Wood 2020
Except for the purpose of fair review, no part may be stored or transmitted in any form or by any means, electronic or mechanical, including recording or storage in any information retrieval system, without permission in writing from the author. No reproduction may be made, by any means, unless a licence has been obtained from the author or publisher. 

Long Drop


A cross-country journey across the length of Aotearoa takes an unexpected turn for the worst when a mother and her daughter stumble upon some usual, bloodthirsty creatures.

Horror. Fantasy.

Night Wolves

First published in BLACK DOGS, BLACK TALES

A grieving woman living in a small town is plagued by disturbing nightmares, but the stray dog she befriends may help her discover the truth behind her sisters’ death.

Horror. Dark fiction

Dear Erica

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


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.

Long Distance

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

Romance. General fiction.

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.