Tansy Undercrypt
Author, Illustrator, Purveyor of Doom & Whimsy

Bus

November 16th 2017

Gary was three blocks away from the stop when the bus pulled up and the doors opened. He broke into a panicked run, waving his arms and screaming, calling out for the others to tell the driver to wait. Gasping, he closed the distance and rushed the door, his left hand reaching for the stair […]

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Memento

November 8th 2017

“This is spectacular,” Greta said, looking into the box. She carefully pulled out one lock of hair, a blonde curl tied with a tiny pink ribbon. “There are I don’t know how many in here – mementos of every child she ever loved.” A door opened, then closed, and Hans was at her elbow. She […]

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Cards

October 21st 2017

“You’ve been at it a long time,” his mother said. “How many cards are you making?” “A lot,” he answered. “A whole lot. Enough for the whole year.” “Birthday cards? Valentines? Party invites? What?” his mother rummaged out at the edge of the cards where the ink was dry. On the covers, skeletons were standing […]

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Trouble

September 2nd 2017

“Timmy, I’m really concerned about this very sudden propensity to cause trouble,” Mr. Hilgarr said, looking across his desk with a serious expression. “You’ve been a straight A student and a model of behavior for the other kids, and now … Well, help me understand what’s going on.” Timmy took a deep breath. “You’re not […]

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Safety

August 19th 2017

“There’s a lot of scary stuff happening in the world today,” Brad began, standing awkwardly in front of the other campers, “so my presentation is going to be about how to assess your situation for safety and decide whether to do something or run.” He used his laptop to move through the slides and paused […]

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Origin

August 11th 2017

He stared at the new recruits, his eyes blazing; they shuddered involuntarily, refused to meet his gaze. He ranted for several moments in long dead languages, then turned into a horrible creature with expansive leathery wings and flung himself mercilessly against the stone walls of the great hall. They gasped and clung to each other, […]

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Hooligans

July 24th 2017

Norman heard the whooping and the hollering in the side yard and muttered to himself from the chair to the switch that turned on the holy water sprinkler system. When the noise turned to shrieks and hisses, he laughed. “How you like THAT?!? Damn fool rabble-rousers!” The silence held for a while until, off in […]

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Primer

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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Achievement

June 1st 2017

“When I congratulated Lori on her A in math, she said that she “lives to please her robot overlords”,” Mrs. Krumpke shared with Lori’s parents. They laughed. “We’ve taught her well,” Mr. Halstead responded, grinning from ear to ear. “We read a lot of science fiction,” Mrs. Halstead added, reaching for her husband’s hand. “Freaking […]

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Camp

May 26th 2017

“Supper’s ready!” his mom called out. “Okaaaay!” he responded, immediately sighing. He hated the night before camp started – right down to your final fun meal (your last supper) before all of the jerks started arriving by bus and you all focused on “eating healthy” and “having fun”. He stuck out his tongue as a […]

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