Tansy Undercrypt
Author, Illustrator, Purveyor of Doom & Whimsy


July 31st 2012

Cora didn’t see them until it was almost too late – the two little boys on their bikes; she had not even a breath to pick between them and the embankment (she’d been going too fast on the pass, angry about Bingo). She did not scream when she hit the guard rail and, as she […]

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July 30th 2012

Seamus Padham was a great red brick of a man and hairy as a lion. When he presented himself for the Olympic swim team tryouts, there was some wonderment about his sobriety. Then he announced he was from the Isle of Pertwee (in the Hebrides) and the others gave him a wide berth. Legendary for […]

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Reaper Rating: The Intelligent Slasher

July 29th 2012

I am not a fan of the slasher film for several reasons – the main issue being that they’re insanely bad movies with ridiculous plots and the worst dialogue around. I had to admit that a slasher in the hands of Joss Whedon was too tempting to miss, however, so I caught “Cabin in the […]

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July 28th 2012

As well as being the answer to life, the universe, and everything, it’s also where my book, “Small Towns, Dark Places”, is being ranked in iBooks fiction/horror fiction!  iBooks metrics report that I am #42 in the U.S. market and #117 in the Canadian market (where I would not expect to rank at all, because […]

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July 28th 2012

Nettie peered at her parents’ guests through the tiny magnifying glass. Her gran had called it a Devil Glass, for you could see a demon in its true shape through the lens. Everyone looked normal enough, except for Mr Pierce, whose yellow eyes and bright red skin caused her to gasp. “Mean old devils can’t […]

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July 27th 2012

George was initially impressed that everyone in Sleeping Giant seemed united in propagating the town’s marketing scheme: “don’t be loud, don’t wake him”. It was quirky, then incredibly irritating. “Are you kidding me?” he asked the proprietor of the only hotel, when he discovered there was no television or wi-fi in the room. In a […]

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Family Business

July 26th 2012

With the others gone, the Wicked Witches of North and South formed an opium drug cartel and hired munchkin thugs from the Lollipop Guild to patrol the poppy fields and keep interlopers out. The mayor of the land was already on the payroll and Oz was out of the picture at long last, but Glinda […]

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July 25th 2012

“You need meds or something, Faye,” Bill said, annoyed. She fell silent then. Maybe he was right about her “vision” (how could the sky crack and sharks fly around devouring people?). They didn’t talk before he left to pick up Jeremy and take him out for the day. Later on, after the earthquake struck, she […]

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July 24th 2012

At long last, Dracula’s curiosity got the better of him and he sent for the young man. He asked what had caused such an unusual amount of fuss. His guest strolled to the nearest sunlit window and bared his chest to the light, gleaming like crushed diamonds. The Dracul raised one eyebrow, put his fingertips […]

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July 23rd 2012

“I LOVE reunions!” He followed her gaze over to the man and woman, who were caressing each other’s faces shyly. “Let’s go introduce ourselves!” They floated over to where the woman’s spirit had risen from her 2pm internment into the arms of her waiting husband. “Welcome, you two!” she sang out, smiling. At the grave, […]

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