All the Laird's Men

Rated 5.00/5 based on 2 reviews
Monsters, military and mayhem. A ragtag trio of Scottish soldiers meet their match at Loch Ness when they're sent on what might end up being their last ever mission. More
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  • Category: Fiction » Horror » General
  • Words: 16,300
  • Language: English
  • ISBN: 9781005252144
About Tabatha Wood

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 three-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 lives. 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, The Round Pebble, was born out of their strong desire to write about and share positive memories, and to find healing and connections through creativity.

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Reviews of All the Laird's Men by Tabatha Wood

Jennifer Doherty reviewed on Feb. 6, 2021

Don’t be fooled by its length - this story packs a lot of punch in its small package. Themes like the horrors of war, environmentalism, lost history, and the meaning of family are all handled thoughtfully. And who can pass up a great Nessie story? Nessie has always been my favourite cryptid, and her origin as set out in this book is as plausible as any explanation I’ve heard. A quick read, but one that will leave you thinking afterwards.

Content warnings for: body horror and mutilation, death, and gore - of both the monster and the war variety. Lots of swearing, and implied discussion of rape.
(reviewed 17 days after purchase)
Simon Fung reviewed on Sep. 6, 2020

Beneath all the grime and grit, there remains a thread of hope. The story paints a poisoned world with traumatised characters, and yet we witness acts of mercy which leaves you hoping that better days may still come. A good short read.
(reviewed the day of purchase)
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