Tansy Undercrypt
Author, Illustrator, Purveyor of Doom & Whimsy


March 29th 2017

She’d laid out the tools for cookie baking across most of the kitchen, the utensils and cups arranged with precision (like a surgical tray). “Where’s Grandma?” Paul asked, looking around. “Outside … in negotiations,” Samantha answered, grinning. “Wanna go watch?” They rushed outside to the chicken yard as quietly as they could; the door to […]

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March 21st 2017

“I love it here,” Jenny said, looking out at the rolling hills and the woods beyond. “I’m so glad,” her grandmother said. “It’s good to have you visit.” “Please don’t ever sell the farm,” Jenny added. “All of my best memories are here.” “No plans to sell,” Grandmother comforted, “although it will need someone to […]

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December 17th 2016

“In life,” the executor read aloud, “I paid you to care. I did it willingly; I understood the arrangement.” Charles shifted uncomfortably in his seat. “I was pleased to offer you an education. I felt it was my distinct obligation to provide bail money. And, as far as lessons repeatedly learned, I thought I should […]

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December 15th 2016

Agatha sighed happily as she made her way carefully down the basement steps and over to the chest freezer. “They will be STARVING,” she said, lifting the lid and pulling out not one, but three boneless roasts to put in her shopping bag and hoist back up the stairs. Out in the backyard, the moon […]

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December 7th 2016

Billy trudged through the living room in his footie pajamas half awake. “Billy?” his mother asked gently, not wanting to startle him, but curious. Outside, the wind howled, flinging snow against the windows and sending it coiling out into the darkness. “The wind,” Billy whispered, moving to the door. “Billy, don’t!” she called out, rising […]

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November 24th 2016

Aron stopped at the kiosk and asked for the key. Moving slowly and respectfully, he paused to offer a little bow at several of the other gates (including the heroes and the little ones) while moving to the back corner of the grounds. Carefully balancing his tray, Aron unlocked the iron gate and slipped quietly […]

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November 1st 2016

“So how was The Veil last night?” her mom asked (in a voice flat and tinged with sarcasm). “At its thinnest,” Lisa replied with a smile (used to that voice and not giving in to negativity). “Aunt Lois says ‘hi’.” “Oh, come on,” her mom said, turning abruptly to start in. Lisa held a hand […]

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October 14th 2016

“You gonna be okay?” Larson asked, turning around and around in a circle to find that exact right spot to lay down. “I’m fine,” Pepper replied, irritated. “A little tired from making an effort big enough for BOTH OF US.” Larson sighed and put his head down. “I told you not to bother,” he said […]

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October 12th 2016

Zoe groaned as her dad opened the door. “But I have homework to do!” she said in her most emphatic whine. “It’s your turn to help Grandma get changed; now, go on,” he replied. She sighed, impossibly burdened. Zoe muttered to herself as she made her way downstairs, taking her own sweet time. As she […]

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Night Out

October 10th 2016

“All right, then. We’re off. You two have fun!” Brent’s father said with a happy wave. “It typically takes about an hour to locate a victim,” Brent’s mother said from the hallway, getting her shoes on. “Then two solid hours of stalking, then the kill and cleanup. We’ll be home around midnight.” “No problem, Mrs. […]

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