Tansy Undercrypt
Author, Illustrator, Purveyor of Doom & Whimsy

Keeper

January 4th 2017

“As ents go, we could do a might worse,” the arborist wrote in her field notes. “Central Park’s resident keeper has … carved patterns down most of its limbs for decoration, pierced itself through with bits of random metal, and styled its upper leaves into kind of a mohawk.” Marilyn laughed, looking at the pictures […]

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Autumn

September 22nd 2016

In the autumn, when the rest of the world slowed in the cool North breeze, the trees dropped their pretenses. Leafless, they stretched up to the sky, no longer burdened by pressures to fly their high colors or assume a pleasing shape. Free from constant interference, they no longer hid their imperfections or competed with […]

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Fame

June 30th 2016

Smeagol’s extended family moved away and separated themselves from the story of the one ring as much as they could. When that blasted hobbit published his horrible account, however, they were (again) tracked until they were found and swarmed by paparazzi day and night. “It was cursed!” Fleemgol (fifth cousin, thrice removed) cried out, exasperated […]

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Next

August 18th 2015

“It is true that they went into the West, away from what had been, from a story no longer theirs,” said the one. “What happened next?” the small hobbit asked, his eyes sparkling with excitement. “They stopped at Ellis island and went through immigration – got their names changed for a start.” The small one […]

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Protection

August 14th 2015

They laughed as Wanda laid it all out, pouring the crystal salt in a great arc around her cube – even under the walls of the adjoining cubes. She mumbled words of protection and empowerment, then opened a glass jar of fresh rose petals on her desk and let the scent of them fill the […]

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Observed

July 3rd 2015

It moaned and gibbered, running frantically about. It was looking for something. “Noooooo!” It cried, anguished. “It’s gone! I’ve lost it! My precious!” It began to sob, spittle dripping from its mouth as the despair grew. “MY PRECIOUS!” It snapped to attention, aware of itself for a moment, brows knitting in anger. “Someone took it! […]

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The Way

June 29th 2015

Yes, of course, the road went ever on and on, down from the door where it began, blah blah blah, but it was bored (so incredibly bored) and felt so tired of aimless feet and the anxious crossing of animals that it turned sharply towards the dark where wreck and ruin could spice things up […]

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Uprising

June 16th 2015

When Kevin was killed, they rioted, turning the black pits of Morgoth into piles of broken rock and lava graffiti. “We were minding our own freaking business when the dwarves came through the damn ceiling,” said Larry, belching fire into his microphone. “And now, we can’t even reclaim the ruins without some wizard sneaking through […]

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Brotherhood

June 12th 2015

Gandalf returned to Isengard on a summer’s day, with the blue sky peeking through ruined trees and bright sunshine turning the black stone tower into a mirage of shimmering color. He had not intended to come back, now that Saruman was dead and those stories could no longer be changed, but they had been friends […]

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Clarification

May 4th 2015

“The Spirit of the Forest cries out against the evil,” Elrond began. “The what?” asked Boromir. “The Spirit of the Forest,” repeated Elrond again. “And does this ‘Spirit of the Forest’ care to attend the meeting and deliver its findings itself?” Gimli asked with a smirk. “I wouldn’t mind talking to the Spirit of the […]

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