Tansy Undercrypt
Author, Illustrator, Purveyor of Doom & Whimsy

Bark

February 24th 2018

“What I want to stress here is that you BARK, not BITE,” Royal said to Hank, Fluff, and Raisin. They stood staring at the party in progress from the doorway to the den. “We know that some of these people aren’t people,” Royal continued. “We don’t have a clue what the non-people actually are and […]

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Meeting

January 12th 2018

Bean sat very still on his perch near the window, waiting. He jingled the little bell softly and spun the sparkly thingies round and round. Soon, a small hawk landed on the deck railing and peered in, bobbing and turning its head from side to side in greeting. Bean chewed a piece of rope; the […]

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Invitation

December 26th 2017

They looked out upon the scene: garbage bins spilling over with paper and packaging, ribbons blowing down the sidewalks and streets, people in cars speeding away from family and friends (glum behind the wheel). “What’s it all for, eh?” Raccoon asked rhetorically, gnawing at the corner of a salvaged fruitcake (someone had forgotten it on […]

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Recon

November 10th 2017

“Well?” Butters asked, stepping out of the exercise wheel in her cage and walking up to the glass. “Could be worse,” Midnight (a.k.a. The Vengeance) reported, sitting on the dresser, giving his ears a good rubbing. “Haunted woods; high ratio of dead to living (3 cemeteries where you’d think 2 would suffice); crazy neighbor.” “Crazy […]

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Evolution

October 11th 2017

“The pigs were smart but, when the processing truck came, they filed in (complaining loudly, but moving forward nonetheless),” Bull said in his deep, rich voice. “In the end, it was Gertrude who started the rebellion – who woke the others from their delusion, who showed us how to live free and beyond the yoke […]

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Path

September 30th 2017

The owls came and she dreamt of walking in the forest, the earth cool beneath her bare feet. They hooted softly, nestled in the branches that reached out over the house and, in her dream, she pulled a letter from her vest pocket. She walked to the base of an ancient oak and placed the […]

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Discovery

September 25th 2017

“The cat vomited in the living room,” he said, stepping into the kitchen doorway. “Finders, cleaners,” she said with a smirk, tossing him the paper towels and bending to open the cabinet under the sink to get the spray goo. “The cat has retched up what appears to be a tiny finger or small toe,” […]

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Deal

July 29th 2017

At sunset, Shadow went out to the fence and laid down next to the spot where the chainlink was torn. It would be dark soon. He did not want to hear that company was coming; he did not want to smell the dirt-and-blood caked fur or see the glowing yellow eyes (Mrs. Merrell looked a […]

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Service

July 13th 2017

David discovered the manatee maiden (a teemaid) crying in the shallows. “Hey, hey!” he said softly. “I’m right here. What’s the matter?” She pointed with a flipper to a cut on her tail, her eyes blinking with tears and her lower lip twitching with misery. “Did a boat do that?” David asked, carefully taking a […]

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Snake

June 28th 2017

The old woman peered over at the cards before her and nodded. “Your animal spirit … it comes through,” she said with a dry cough. Laura sighed, looking at the same cards and seeing absolutely nothing. “What it is? What’s her animal spirit?” Kevin asked and Laura elbowed him hard. “It is a snake,” the […]

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