Tansy Undercrypt
Author, Illustrator, Purveyor of Doom & Whimsy

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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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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