Tansy Undercrypt
Author, Illustrator, Purveyor of Doom & Whimsy

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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Awake

April 18th 2017

The child awoke screaming. “I’m right here! I’m right here!” yelled the mother, running down the hall. She threw open the door to see the rumpled bed and the tear-streaked face, the finger pointing to the corner of the room. “It’s all right,” the mother cooed. “It’s going to be all right.” “Is everything all […]

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Bedtime

March 22nd 2017

“The first little pig ,” Jeremy said, sitting down at the foot of the bed, “on its straw planet, didn’t do very well against the empire.” Annie gasped. “Did it escape?” she whispered, holding the blanket up to her eyes. “Yes, but just barely,” Jeremy said with a serious look. “The second little pig, on […]

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Lack

March 11th 2017

“When did it start?” Maxine asked. “When I was a child,” Greta responded. “And it was never a purposeful thing; it was product of our very survival.” Maxine’s face opened in surprise and Greta smiled. “We had nothing as children, the four of us,” she said softly. “Barely a roof over our heads; the clothes […]

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Notes

March 6th 2017

Phoebe came inside, carrying her great grandmother’s flower vocabulary book (from 1841) as well as a pen and paper. “The cemetery says that things are looking up in general, but mind a sweep of influenza in the late spring,” she said to her parents, adding in a hushed tone: “Most of them don’t know about […]

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Starlight

March 2nd 2017

They sat around the fire, looking up at the stars. “Look at that one,” Shondra said. “It’s the brightest.” “I think it’s a planet,” Jeremy whispered, “but it’s definitely the brightest thing in the sky.” “Star light, star bright,” Bonnie started. “The first star I see tonight,” Shondra added, smiling happily. “I wish I may, […]

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Hey

February 23rd 2017

Ryan climbed into bed and waited, eyes wide and blankets pulled up to his chin. Within seconds, the closet door began to creak open and there was a soft wiggling sound under his bed. He reached out a shaking hand and hit the button to turn on his reading light. “Hey,” he said softly, looking […]

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Quality

February 10th 2017

“You okay?” one of the angels asked him. “I never know what to say to kids,” Death answered, hugging his coffee cup in the break room, his empty gaze pointed far, far away. “This morning, I was asked to personally guarantee that the afterlife wasn’t stupid.” “What?!?” the angel responded, shocked. “Based on a working […]

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