Tansy Undercrypt
Author, Illustrator, Purveyor of Doom & Whimsy


March 3rd 2018

“My gawd,” Lead Inspector Ockten said, walking carefully through the plastic draping and shaking his head. “Look at this place.” “Worst we’ve seen, but not the first we’ve seen,” Detective Harris commented. “Over here.” In the living room, an ornate mirror had been laid flat on a fake fur ottoman, its surface strewn with black […]

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January 25th 2018

“Cripes, my life,” Ed said, rubbing his forehead. “It’s as if the whole show has been one step forward, six steps back, with a freaking documentary film crew hiding in the shadows to chronicle my live streaming failures.” Ann laughed, touching his arm to give comfort. “Okay, but keep in mind that a stealth film […]

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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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October 28th 2017

Wonder Woman landed a punch to his jaw and then kicked him hard in the solar plexus (a stylish combo the others felt sure could redefine “ass kicking” for generations to come). He reeled backwards, spinning to the ground, grabbing at the air. She moved quickly, tying him up with rope. Once immobile, she lifted […]

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May 1st 2017

“Son of a … ,” the captain muttered when he entered the tent and saw the bodies. “Please tell me these guys aren’t anybody.” Leroy shook his head and pointed. “This one’s Sunday test crew; the other is one of 5 backup singers for that symphonic reggae band.” “Good,” the captain replied. He stepped forward, […]

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January 17th 2017

Sylvia pled guilty to the charges and received her penalty restrictions (which included a wand block for certain types of spells). “Yes, of course, I see things clearly in hindsight,” she said when interviewed, “and I’d do things differently if given a second chance, but I own my mistakes and will make my amends.” They […]

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December 30th 2016

“Now, what the sam hell is this?” Durant said to his partner as they pulled up next to the cemetery gate. “At the scene and investigating,” Olson called in, shaking his head. “Looks like some good, old-fashioned, post-Christmas grave robbing,” he said, looking out of the window at a light shining brightly at the top […]

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June 4th 2016

When they rounded the corner and saw the kid breaking a car window, Maxine sighed. It had been a long day. Terry nodded in sympathy and raised his pulser. “He’s running,” Maxine said, watching the kid turn and prep to sprint. “Nope, he’s not,” Terry replied and fired. The pulser emitted an energy wave that […]

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May 7th 2016

“It’s addictive, for obvious reasons,” Captain Thompson said, looking around the room. “You relax, you die a little bit, you maybe see a loved one or two and, with any luck, you come back.” The police officers listened intently; some jotted notes. “That’s the thing with this stuff, “Hereafter”; there’s a whole pile of steaming […]

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April 27th 2016

“You’re dressed. Social engagement tonight?” Alfred asked, looking up when Batman entered the kitchen. “I had planned a quiet evening,” the caped crusader said, helping himself to a banana, “but then Bruce Wayne was notified of attempted identity theft.” “You traced the revolving international IP addresses of the offending parties,” Alfred led, arching an eyebrow […]

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