Tansy Undercrypt
Author, Illustrator, Purveyor of Doom & Whimsy

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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Style

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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Music

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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Guilt

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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Digger

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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Label

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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Sweep

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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Engagement

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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Champion

April 14th 2016

Charlene looked down at the would-be mugger, out cold on the pavement. “So … you’re like … what? A crimefighter? Some kind of avenger?” she asked. “I am neither,” her hero replied, his face overly serious and drawn under the streetlight. “I simply cannot tolerate those who prey upon the innocent, lurking in the shadows, […]

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Missing

April 2nd 2016

“Mrs. Longpole?” came the question from the first constable. “Vera, please,” she replied, giving them a warm smile. “Just checking in the general vicinity on the disappearance of the Lamb brothers,” the second constable said, extending a picture of two men. “Have you seen either of these gentlemen recently?” “Only on the news,” Vera replied. […]

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