Tansy Undercrypt
Author, Illustrator, Purveyor of Doom & Whimsy

Departure

March 1st 2017

“You’re a long way from Denmark,” the gentleman on the doorstep said, showing his badge. She sighed and gestured for him enter. “Rumored to be the happiest place on earth,” he continued, moving into the living room and sitting down. “Expert marketing,” she said with a smile, “and nothing more.” “Bad enough that you faked […]

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Layaway

January 18th 2017

Dante stopped the angel between the third and fourth circle of Hell, pointing out a large area of smoke and shadow, bustling with activity, just off to the side. “That’s lay-away,” the angel explained. “So many work at tailoring their life’s misery to a level of suffering bordering on torment. They dig deeper into their […]

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Isolation

November 21st 2016

“Isolation and loneliness are the enemies of settler life, impeding resourcefulness and challenging emotional stability. Making a golem is the perfect thing for long years in the open wastes building habitats. The simulacrum serves as a distinct presence and, in some cases, may demonstrate an awareness of, an affinity for, or an interest in you […]

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Art

November 10th 2016

Mario sat reading in the small park next to the school, arms propped up on pillows, legs and feet wrapped in a flannel quilt. It was irresistible. Ramon and Wong stole up behind him silently, and Irina positioned herself off to the side to capture it on camera. They reached the wheelchair at the same […]

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Entry

November 7th 2016

A girl emerged from the study, her face tear-streaked, but her eyes bright with clarity and resolve. McGonagall watched her go, a smile playing at the corner of her mouth. She rose from her desk and walked into the vacant study, moving quietly over to the corner desk where the diary waited. “So,” she said, […]

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Arrival

August 16th 2016

They followed her throughout her life; one came at age 23, another at 39, and still another at 51. Strangely enough, she’d gotten used to it, had begun to expect the unexpected, and felt restless and a little sad that there had been such a long dry spell. At 78, on a hot August day, […]

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Searching

August 8th 2016

“Could I have your attention for a minute, everybody?” Leo said, standing up on a chair in front of the 20-30 seated browsers and another 14 standing in two checkout lines. “I’ve been in this bookstore for almost four hours and I have no idea what I’m doing. The staff has been great, but I […]

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Words

May 26th 2016

Susan finished her reply and sent it off. She answered all of her fan mail personally (although she signed her responses as “Simone”), and typically got a lot of email when the last chapters of the audiobook were released and the work was done. “It’s so beautiful,” Susan had said to her agent earlier in […]

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Traveling

May 25th 2016

“Teach me!” Murgood implored, beseeching. “My dear, dear friend,” Canter countered, “emphatically no.” Murgood groaned. “The materials traveling spell was meant to see into the essence of a thing – to live it out for a nanosecond to see how it works at its core. It was never meant to be used the way I […]

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Relevance

April 20th 2016

“Frank, you cannot have the authorities arrest the witch for opium peddling because Dorothy snorted some poppies,” Erich said, opening to the front page of the Herald. “It’s 1900, Frank, and we’re closing down the opium dens! This is not social commentary, it’s a children’s book!” “Okay,” Frank said, disappointed, “but I still think it […]

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