Tansy Undercrypt
Author, Illustrator, Purveyor of Doom & Whimsy

Fun

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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Trouble

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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Guests

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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Sound

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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Real

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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Alpha

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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Built-ins

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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Locks

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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Tiny

October 20th 2015

Annie and her brother, Phil, had built the tiny house last year, putting it on a platform with wheels so that you could take it anywhere. She’d added flower boxes, a rollback privacy screen, a bookshelf room divider, a platform with drawers for the bed, and a tiny chandelier above the dining nook that never […]

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Haunted

October 14th 2015

Lights flickered; doors opened by themselves; creaks (like footsteps) were heard on the attic and basement stairs; cold drafts were felt in every room. The owners of the house screamed, cried, called in people to help them, but eventually fled. The house shrugged. “Clearly clueless,” it said, watching them run to their cars and peel […]

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