Tansy Undercrypt
Author, Illustrator, Purveyor of Doom & Whimsy


July 5th 2017

“We are not going to talk about natural disasters with Grandpa and Grandma today,” Elizabeth said to her son, leaving no room for argument. “We are not going to talk about cataclysms of any kind, real or speculative, including what might be necessary to survive a zombie apocalypse.” “I could go to the arcade,” her […]

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June 29th 2017

“Darlings, love is a losing game – just like Amy Winehouse says,” Adrian dramatized, the back of his hand lifted high upon his forehead. “We might as well put our bath robes on and have a spa night.” “I’m not playing mani/pedi with you two weeks in a row,” Charles replied flatly. “Girls just wanna […]

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May 30th 2017

“Earth, hold her fast, down in the mud.” “Air, blow her hair around her face, disorienting her.” “Fire, mess with the flames of the grill, so that everyone is distracted.” “Water, fill her lungs.” Esther whispered the call into the wet sand where she had drawn the symbols. Enid Schnaebel would eventually totter down to […]

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May 18th 2017

“We’re close now,” the attending physician had said. Quietly, Marilyn opened her purse and lifted out a Ziploc bag containing a tube of lipstick, some theatrical adhesive, and a large flower. Leaning carefully over the bed, Marilyn skillfully applied the dark peach lipstick to her mother’s mouth. “This is her all-time favorite color: Georgia Summer,” […]

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May 5th 2017

“Two cups of truth,” Ella ordered at the counter. “Have you had a cup of truth before?” asked the barista carefully. “Yep,” Ella confirmed, “and it’s time for my brother to have his first.” The barista nodded and turned to pour. Back at the table, Ella checked the side of her cup and smiled. “Did […]

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April 18th 2017

The child awoke screaming. “I’m right here! I’m right here!” yelled the mother, running down the hall. She threw open the door to see the rumpled bed and the tear-streaked face, the finger pointing to the corner of the room. “It’s all right,” the mother cooed. “It’s going to be all right.” “Is everything all […]

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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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