Best Reads Of 2019
These are my top 5 books I’ve read this year. Micro reviews taken from Resting Book Face — @restingbookfac3
“In Dreams We Rot” by Betty Rocksteady
A powerful collection. Rocksteady writes of trauma and loss, of weird sex and even weirder dreams. Her visceral & beautiful voice captivates you from the start as she explores the many dark facets of human nature. And she brings cats.
“Served Cold” by Alan Baxter
Hell will freeze over before Baxter writes anything less than the very best. Bloody brilliant collection. I could write an in-depth review on every story. “Exquisite” & “Crying Demon” were my favourites.
“Growing Things” a collection of short horror stories by Paul Tremblay
An excellent, engaging & terrifying collection. A truly gripping and unique voice in horror. “Her Red Right Hand” is particularly chilling. Some very clever social commentary.
“Grind Your Bones to Dust” Nicholas Day
Visceral and raw, excessively dark and will fuck with your head. Amazing prose and beautiful writing. Devastating and unforgettable book.
“This Sublime Darkness” by Greg Chapman
An extremely talented writer and artist, Chapman’s work is as polished and beautiful as it is bleak and horrifying. A bold and vivid collection of gothic delights, his stories delve deep into the human psyche. A fabulous collection.
Tabatha Wood lives in New Zealand and writes weird, dark fiction and uplifting poetry. Despite her obsession with the strange and unusual, she considers herself mostly harmless, although she does take great delight in shocking people with her stories every chance she can get.
A former English teacher and library manager, Tabatha’s first published books were non-fiction guides aimed at people working in education. She now teaches from home while writing in her spare time.
She released her debut collection, “Dark Winds Over Wellington: Chilling Tales of the Weird & the Strange” in March 2019. Since then she has had stories published in the charity anthology “Tricksters Treats 3, Seven Deadly Sins” and in “Guilty Pleasures and Other Dark Delights”. She also has two stories in the upcoming December issues of horror/dark fiction magazines, Midnight Echo #14 and Breach #12.
Tabatha is the lead editor in a team of twelve for the “Black Dogs, Black Tales” anthology. The collection aims to raise money and awareness for the Mental Health Foundation of New Zealand and will be published by ’Things In The Well Press’ in 2020.