Tansy Undercrypt
Author, Illustrator, Purveyor of Doom & Whimsy

Noise

December 20th 2016

“Oh, the noise! Oh, the noise noise noise noise!” the great demon bawled (with no heart at all let alone two sizes too small). It heard the Whos wailing and gnashing their teeth (so much worse than their singing and dancing with feet). “I know just what to do,” it laughed in its throat, and […]

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Circles

December 13th 2016

“Dante, man, he was a TRIP,” the demon said, breathing fire onto the top of its martini. “He goes on a bender, passes out, sees a couple of things, publishes a book, and we’re still digging out from that hot mess.” “Like how?” the other demon said, stirring its glass and wishing it’d gone with […]

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Dumped

December 6th 2016

She clomped in, hooves sparking against the cold stone, and dropped into a chair in the lobby. “Woah,” Spike reacted. “You’re in a mood.” Her tail flicked and her eyes flashed angrily. “You make one mistake,” she said (without going further). “Here to see the boss?” he asked and she nodded. “I been here loads […]

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Potential

November 4th 2016

“I … I don’t understand. Are you trying to buy my soul?” Steven asked, looking away from the demon’s horrible stare. It laughed. “No, no – absolutely not; I suspect we already have it,” it answered. “I’m actually here to recruit you early. Give you some tasks. Maximize the potential we see in you.” “You […]

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Self-care

October 19th 2016

“And you?” the instructor asked. “Why do you do yoga?” “Well, it started on a dare, like a lot of the stuff I try,” he responded. “I had dismissed it as something absolutely not-for-me.” He smiled and tried to settle into the pose. “The thing is … work is really stressful and I just needed […]

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Burden

October 13th 2016

“Martini Max’s stool?” they asked, coming in to the Double Up and staying as far away from the bar as they could and still be heard to ask the question. The bartender gestured toward the far end. “At the corner,” he said. “You’ll see it.” Moving slowly down the row, they eventually came to a […]

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Heat

February 20th 2016

“God, it’s hot,” Jessica said, squinting against the harsh sun in the parking lot. “Aren’t you hot?” she asked Todd, who still had his blazer on. “Oh, no, I like this,” he replied with a grin. “Can’t get enough of it; the hotter, the better.” Marty groaned, wiping at the beads of sweat forming at […]

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Success

January 9th 2016

“Thanks for coming,” she croaked in a dry whisper, sitting up. “When my agent called, I couldn’t believe it. When Cynthia Malaven wants to see you, you say ‘yes’,” Darcy replied nervously. Malaven offered a breathy half laugh. “Sit down. We don’t have a lot of time.” Darcy sat and put her hands under her […]

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Answers

July 29th 2015

Arlene went to the library and pieced together enough information to successfully trap the demon in the garage for an hour or so. In forcing it to speak, she confirmed that not much could be done to deflect, dispel, or minimize the doom coming to her family, but she really kind of admired its clear […]

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Looking

February 24th 2015

Doug sighed as he looked at the screen. So many wonderful people – attractive, interesting, fun, and charming people – who wanted to meet to see if there was a connection. He sighed again. “Match.com let you down, buddy?” Doug’s roommate, Trevor, asked with a smirk. “Maybe you should try eHarmony.” Doug shot him a […]

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