Tansy Undercrypt
Author, Illustrator, Purveyor of Doom & Whimsy


December 9th 2017

He came into the great hall, moving quickly with the bold step of a young man. He stood tall and stately, warming his hands at the hearth fire, adjusting his cuffs. “You’re looking marvelous,” she said, resting her book in her lap, noting his high color and the shine of his dark hair. “Are you […]

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July 15th 2017

From “A to Z is for Zombies”, published 2021 (Global Reaction World Press/Western Region 1): Clive, Clive Crocodile; C is the letter that curves like his smile. Moving slowly towards the beach 
Where hundreds of zombies are within reach. Clive, Clive Crocodile Swims quietly (stealth takes a while) Until he picks a target snack And […]

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April 15th 2017

“You’re insane,” Tett whispered. “If the drones spot you, you’re done.” “If the drones spot me, it’s a blessed release from a life not worth living,” Solly replied. Tett sighed. “I just … .” “I know,” Solly said quietly, cutting him off, “but I will NOT give up my freedom of mind. I will NOT […]

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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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