Tansy Undercrypt
Author, Illustrator, Purveyor of Doom & Whimsy
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Letters from Krampus #3

December 4th 2016 in Microfiction

Dear Mark, Yes, I have more than one sack to stuff children into and, yes, they have different designs. No, you cannot have photographs of the sacks to pick the one you like best. Now, I’m impressed that you’ve accepted getting the sack this year and you seem to be trying to make the best […]

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Silence

December 3rd 2016

“They’re so quiet,” Eric observed, amazed. “They had dinner and just settled right down. Mine would be bouncing off of the ceiling.” “This year, we’ve really tried to find the right balance of low sugar, lots of exercise, engaging their minds – kind of a total exhaustion plan. It’s worked out really well,” Phillip replied, […]

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Good

December 2nd 2016

She moved methodically from one common area to the next (for she was no thief). Into the stack of envelopes she held in her left hand, she sorted individual hairs, plastic spoons, business cards, scribbles on napkins, and teeth-marked pens. Wedged between the garbage bin and wall was a small Tupperware container; no one had […]

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Universe

December 1st 2016

“You seem to really like your job,” Karen said, acting a little surprised. “I do,” Pete responded. “There’s a lot of variety and independence.” “Okay, but … ,” Karen continued, “I’m sorry, but … the mailroom? That’s your happy place?” Pete laughed. “Oh, it’s not a mailroom. When they’re looking at “streamlining some processes”, it’s […]

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Stupid

November 30th 2016

“I just don’t want to die in a stupid way,” he said, wringing his hands. “I just don’t want that to be the only thing memorable about me.” The old gypsy woman smiled slightly. “You will have a long life … ” “Okay, but I don’t want to die on the toilet or roll off […]

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Misfortune

November 29th 2016

In the Target parking lot, turning on her lights to back out, Cathy gasped as she looked up to find a woman standing in front of the car, leaning forward against the hood to see in. “Shit,” Nancy whispered in the passenger seat. “Shitshitshit.” “What IS that?” Cathy asked quietly, terrified by the orange eyes, […]

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Preach

November 28th 2016

He clutched the boarding pass tightly in his right hand, willing his mind to quiet and his stomach to settle. “I’ve a mind to not go,” he admitted to himself, shifting his weight from his right to his left and closing his eyes. “Lots needs doin’ right here.” “It’s easy to preach to the choir, […]

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Letters from Krampus #2

November 27th 2016

Dear Courtney, Thank you for your philosophical essay on the nature of evil, culminating in the supported premise that the innate goodness of all beings makes their sacking at my hands a violation of natural law. Wow. You should eat more fiber and get that out. Now that I’ve taken a couple of aspirin and […]

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Maintenance

November 26th 2016

“I’ll be out most of the day; I’m going to the temple to visit with Karma.” Ravi slipped the messenger bag over his head and grabbed his keys. “Wait,” Avni said. “Karma requested a meeting?” “No, I did,” he replied. “I just want to make sure she’s not feeling overwhelmed right now. Kind of a […]

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