Tansy Undercrypt
Author, Illustrator, Purveyor of Doom & Whimsy

Glass

April 22nd 2017

“Well, we can sit here and just wait for the zombies to find a way in (maybe starving to death beforehand), or we can risk it – getting swarmed and torn apart on our way to what’s left of the grocery store,” Peter said with a sigh. “We can rest here in comfort and safety […]

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Tribe

April 21st 2017

Darcie walked into the kitchen to get more salsa, pausing to look back at the women gathered in her living room. “My tribe,” she whispered, grateful for friends to celebrate with (remembering a time when there were none). “Refills on Diet Coke!” Heather called out (and Darcie gave her a nod). They were programmers, teachers, […]

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Break

April 19th 2017

“You going home for break?” Brett asked as he zipped up his backpack. “Yeah,” Mike replied. “Springtime in Nebraska – gotta help the folks with the farm.” “Do you guys have chickens and pigs and cows?” Wendy asked excitedly. “All of that and so much more,” Mike replied. “Our poop diversity is spectacular.” Brett hummed […]

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Close

April 11th 2017

Tim and Lesley watched them through the conference room window (nonchalantly); it was hard not to press their faces up to the glass. Phil was gesticulating wildly, his voice growing louder. Medina sat in front of him, eyes narrowed, with her right hand playing at the bottom edges of her head wrap. “It’s happening! It’s […]

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Display

April 1st 2017

“Oh, my gawd, you weren’t kidding about all of the collectibles. Jeeeeeeezuz.” Marjorie walked into the dining room where two more corner cabinets stood, full to bursting. “Right?” Patricia answered in a whisper. “When was the last time you saw a shelf of Holly Hobbie paraphernalia?” “Since never,” Marjorie added. “But I’m still looking for […]

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Normal

March 18th 2017

“Be honest. You miss it.” Ron gave him the side eye and a wry grin. “School?” came the response. “The big prophecy … being special … normal life is tragic boring, yeah?” “No, I don’t miss it in the least, actually,” Harry answered quietly. “And normal life is worse in a way – because the […]

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Sleeping

March 16th 2017

They went around the table sharing their plans for the weekend. When it was Lynn’s turn, Debbie whispered, “Let me guess … sleeping?” Lynn blushed. “Sleeping is pretty much always going to be my answer (although it doesn’t sound like much of one),” she said quietly. “In my dreams, I see things clearly; I see […]

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Serious

March 15th 2017

“They’re so serious,” the caterer whispered to Alfred. “You’ll find a note of sarcasm and some good-natured ribbing here and there but, yes, quite serious on the whole,” Alfred replied. “I guess … I guess I expected that, when they all got together, there’d be more stories and laughter,” the caterer continued. Alfred chuckled and […]

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Expectations

March 13th 2017

“I just thought it would be different,” she said, wiping the blood tears away. “I mean, I thought you got TRANSFORMED.” He put his arm around her gently. “But you ARE transformed, dear one.” “That’s not what I mean,” she sniffled and gestured down the length of her body. “Great, you’re a vampire now. You […]

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Hey

February 23rd 2017

Ryan climbed into bed and waited, eyes wide and blankets pulled up to his chin. Within seconds, the closet door began to creak open and there was a soft wiggling sound under his bed. He reached out a shaking hand and hit the button to turn on his reading light. “Hey,” he said softly, looking […]

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