Tansy Undercrypt
Author, Illustrator, Purveyor of Doom & Whimsy


April 13th 2017

In the kitchen, Paul stopped. “Keep the radio on at all times. I cannot stress this enough.” Kelley looked over at the ancient boom box and smiled. “The house likes to jam?” she asked, smiling. The 40s Big Band melody suddenly switched to a club mix of “Pump Up The Jam”. Kelley froze. “The house […]

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February 22nd 2017

“You have a what?” Rick asked, startled. “A ghost,” Angie replied. “In your house – in this house?” Rick reacted, looking around as if to see something unusual. “This very house,” Tony replied, laughing. “Is it … evil, menacing; does it want you gone?” Rick asked next, rubbing his neck and wondering if something was […]

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November 2nd 2016

“Well, it’s very bright – lots of light – and … cheery in here. I like the colors; they’re bold and a nice change from neutral,” Laurie said, looking through the empty front rooms. “The layout is kind of unusual,” Kent added. The realtor nodded. “The house was originally a 1960s box-within-a-box, but the previous […]

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October 7th 2016

Shirley walked to the front of the houseboat to shut the lights off. Out in the dark water, a pair of eyes glowed. “Seal, maybe, or otter – hard to tell,” she said to herself, curious. She hesitated at the patio door, fighting an urge to unlock it; the house suddenly seemed close and in […]

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August 19th 2016

They heard a thud upstairs and looked to the ceiling. After some time, there came another thud – almost a stumble – followed by a long pause. “Is there someone up there?” Paula asked, looking over at their hosts. “No,” Ed responded. “Hold on.” He rose from the dining room table and walked to the […]

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August 10th 2016

“Honestly, I have GOT to know what that sound is,” he said, standing up. She grabbed his arm. “It’s almost midnight; just leave it until the morning.” “I can’t; it’s driving me nuts,” he replied. “Every night – every single night about this time, that sound starts in the basement. Clicking and scraping.” “What if […]

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July 6th 2016

“So you gave her a timeout and, when that was over, you tried to enter the room and couldn’t?” “No, getting in wasn’t a problem; the door was unlocked. I just … couldn’t move to where she was. She was sitting on the bed glaring at me, but I couldn’t move towards her.” “Did you […]

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June 7th 2016

When the house went bump in the night, she smiled. “I get that, too,” she said aloud. “It’s like my digestion kicks up a notch when I lay flat!” The noises ceased. When the basement door slowly creaked open, she called out, “Are you sure that you want to show people the dirtiest, creepiest stuff […]

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May 10th 2016

“These built-ins are stunning,” Roberta said. She knocked on the side of the buffet. “I think it’s solid oak … hand carved …” The realtor flinched. “Uh … let me show you the kitchen,” she said, taking Roberta by the elbow. “Wow!” Roberta exclaimed as the room came into view. “I never expected it to […]

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April 28th 2016

Things had been going wrong in that family for a long, long time. Now, inching closer, Mr. Rabies could see that Shelby was crying in her bedroom and a lock had been installed on the outside of the house to keep her in. He leaned far away from the tree branch and tapped on the […]

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