Tansy Undercrypt
Author, Illustrator, Purveyor of Doom & Whimsy


June 29th 2012

When Vinzo Albi took the stage, several people laughed. One man grinned derisively to his friends and mimed an enormous gut with his hands. Albi raised the violin to his chin and began to play: the jarring sounds of being bullied, the broken squeaks of tears in a pillow, a bright note hiding the dark […]

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June 28th 2012

“It’s awkward as hell,” Claire said uncomfortably as they passed through decontamination to debriefing, “but I’m sure we can put the past behind us. We’re just two engineers floating around the Space Station. Bygones?” Mara turned her head and smiled broadly. “I think it’s awesome,” she said. “The truce?” Claire asked, looking visibly relieved. Mara’s […]

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June 27th 2012

Herrick entered the parlor softly. “I apologize for the intrusion, Madame, but Faye Meriweather is coming to the front door pulling a small wagon behind her.” “A wagon? Is she selling something?” Mrs. Undercrypt asked, peering over her glasses. “There appear to be two heads in the wagon, Ma’am.” “Heads?” “Yes, Ma’am.” “Human heads?” “I […]

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June 26th 2012

It had been a brutal day on the set; they shot that stupid scene so many times, Randi thought she’d never get it out of her head. She was too tired to turn the props in, so she set the clown in a chair in her trailer bedroom and threw herself onto the comforter face […]

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June 25th 2012

When they came to do the news story, Charlie was in disbelief.  War hero?  WAR HERO? Why had he never said?  Landscapers had found the buried medal out in the yard near the rose bush; that was what had started all of the fuss. Now, as the Distinguished Flying Cross was presented to its owner […]

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Reaper Rating: eBook Horror Short Story Collections

June 24th 2012

If you’re a fan of the short story, as I am, collections and anthologies are the reading equivalent of Disneyland – unforgettable when they’re good, barely a head shake before you move on when they’re not. Here are two of the best I’ve recently come across: William Malmborg’s “Scraping the Bone” is one of the […]

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June 23rd 2012

“So, how did you know you were a goner?” Syler asked Croft, who laughed. “Well, there was a slow build to crescendo, then it dropped right off to silence.” “It was right behind you?” “Exactly.” “And you?” Syler gestured over to Pike. “Nothing but silence,” he replied with a grin, “and then a loud WAH […]

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June 22nd 2012

“It seemed to me,” Yvonne began, “that I had a good life. I had all of the basic stuff, plus some money, some fun, some people who loved me (and love me still),” she paused for a moment, “but I despaired anyway. Ultimately, I had to ask myself why I was such a complete twat.” […]

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June 21st 2012

The men towed the car and swept the surrounding grounds for … anything else; the women gathered the personal effects and moved them to storage for the annual auction. Sad that they had the process down, but worse that visitors so frequently failed to take them at their word. When someone says, “Don’t open your […]

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June 20th 2012

“Before we leave,” Henrietta said, patting the seat next to her on the couch, “I’d like to learn a little more about you. Have you always had this … this … job?” Death sat down, feeling a little self-conscious, and produced a photograph with a man’s face circled in the 3rd row of the 11th […]

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