Tansy Undercrypt
Author, Illustrator, Purveyor of Doom & Whimsy

Counseling

March 20th 2017

“Well, the first thing we do is get them into counseling,” Lord Chamberlain told the reporter. “These women are not ready for the rigors of royal life – not by any stretch of the imagination.” “Because they’re commoners or have been away from castle life for so long that they lack the refinement they need?” […]

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Containment

January 9th 2017

A scraping and a tapping came from the back room of Gepetto’s workshop; the guides exchanged glances. “Is there someone at work in there?” asked one of the tourists. “Can we see what’s going on?” asked another. “The back rooms of the workshop are closed for repair,” said one of the guides. “I’m sorry.” A […]

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Grim

October 18th 2016

“Once upon a time,” the elfmother read, “the Nonmagicals, in their grim, grey cities far from the green wood, grew restless …” Her child gasped. “They’re not coming here, are they? Please don’t let them come here.” “Oh, Child,” she said, drawing a sigil upon the air to increase the warmth of the fire, “they’re […]

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Travels

July 20th 2016

Steve watched from across the street as the man’s family (maybe 20 of them) hugged and kissed him at the station and then carefully helped him onto the bus. There were tears and cheers and enthusiastic waving until the engine revved to go. They respectfully backed away, turned, and did not look back. “Why did […]

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Spontaneous Part Two: Narnia

June 26th 2016

Carlie never went back, preferring to draw a permanent line between that life and this one. Max went back only once, as a grown man, finding the door in an overgrown thicket and prying it open very carefully. The cellar was the same as before, but more organized. It was clear that his family no […]

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Clause

June 23rd 2016

Ursula sighed. “Let me guess,” she said, her mouth in a tight line that turned down at the corners, looking at them out of the corner of her eye. “You want to trade something you think you’ll never miss for your one sorry shot at love.” They trembled inside the mouth of the cave, nodding […]

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Wands

June 14th 2016

“So you bought a wand on the black market?” the reporter asked. “Yes, that’s how it started,” Cinderella replied. “They come fully charged and you can use them – as a normal, non-magical person – to do a number of things before they fade.” “And what did you do with it?” came the next question. […]

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Story

May 14th 2016

Ted settled in to read Charlotte a story before bed, careful to observe enough discomfort to keep himself awake. “Mom usually reads the bedtime story,” Charlotte said, suspicious. “I know, Honey, but I wanted to do it tonight,” Ted said, giving her a pat. “Well, okaaaaaaay,” she replied, grabbing her favorite doll, “but before you […]

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This

March 21st 2016

After Amy came back from checking the cat shelter, having a conversation with the tiny man who apparently lived there now, she poured herself a cup of coffee topped with Bailey’s. “This is where I discover that everyone in my family goes insane at 52,” she whispered to herself. The tiny man had woven the […]

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Protection

March 12th 2016

Theodore worked all day, carving the oak stump with symbols he’d researched at the library and gathering the gifts; everyone contributed one bauble or piece of food. Near dusk, Theodore gathered the camp in a circle and set out his own gift – the last of his tobacco (the greatest sacrifice he could make). “We […]

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