Tansy Undercrypt
Author, Illustrator, Purveyor of Doom & Whimsy


September 30th 2014

Weatherby decided not to tell that guy about that thing. Why bother? He was just going to do what they always did: bumble right in and wreak havoc. “More monsters, more screaming, more crying,” Weatherby said, leaving the town begging for ruin in his rear view mirror. He was pretty sure the first frantic phone […]

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September 29th 2014

The key to her grandmother’s ancient bureau was wrapped in a letter; Jenny unfolded it carefully. “You will make a lot of wise choices in life, my dear,” it read, “and you will correct a lot of courses. Promise me that, while you’re being methodical and practical and efficient, you’ll make your mistakes grandly and […]

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September 27th 2014

There came a scratching at the door one night (shortly after dinner). Their hearts pounding in their throats, they sent the boy, thinking he would not be harmed. “The trees have come,” the boy said, his little face ashen. “They’re here for Uncle Timothy.” “Damn,” said Tim, stepping forward. He knew they’d find him one […]

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September 26th 2014

The Indian woman appeared to Luella in a dream, telling her that it was time to find the horses. The sun shone brightly, glinting off of red rock, silver sagebrush, and clear blue water. Luella felt a little guilty for wandering off, but the woman’s smile seemed to say that it’d be all right. She […]

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September 25th 2014

The Snow White thing got pretty intense, but resolved well enough. Afterwards, the dwarves had a unique opportunity to go into glass coffin building but, really, it was working with the gold that they’d enjoyed the most. Try as they might to lead unassuming lives, it was all about gold and jewels. The one they’d […]

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September 24th 2014

“Ray, are you coming to the meeting?” Shelley asked, stopping just outside of his cubicle. He sat there, still and peaceful. “Ray? Hello? Earth to Ray!” she tried again. He held his hand up. “You and I are made of star stuff, Shelley. Particles and emissions of energy formed billions upon billions of years ago […]

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September 23rd 2014

Yahweggoth stepped forward to display his world to the symposium. Ploit had gone before, with his peaceful water world inhabited by tranquil giant tortoises; Arzz had been first with the swirling, playful planet of air beings. He sighed as he got to the mic, tapping it while he sighed. “Is this on?” Yahweggoth said, hopeful […]

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September 22nd 2014

“You’ll need to do something about the gray soon,” he said, gesturing to her hair. “My gray?” she replied, touching her rich brown locks self-consciously. He smiled. “Start putting some in; it’s time.” She groaned. “It takes so much effort! All of the hair stuff plus adding wrinkles and changing my makeup!” “Yes,” he replied […]

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The Undercryptic Lexicon: Nightmare Haiku #4

September 21st 2014

Please complete this haiku according to your druthers. “They read about it, quite en masseĀ …” (Illustration by Edward Gorey)   Tansy’s answer: “and still failed to grasp.” (Post your own answers and read the genius of others on the Tansy Undercrypt Facebook page.)

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September 20th 2014

From her blanket fort in the yard, Kimberly watched the neighborhood; her mom and dad watched Kimberly from the living room window. “She jots something down in her notebook every time someone does a good thing or a bad thing,” her mother said quietly. “Really?” replied her father. “When did she start carrying a notebook?” […]

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