Tansy Undercrypt
Author, Illustrator, Purveyor of Doom & Whimsy

Vernacular

April 20th 2017

“They tease me,” he said, sitting down at the end of the dock. “They accuse me of slipping – in my mind and in my writing.” He trailed two fingers along the surface of the water. Moments later, glowing eyes appeared, looking up at him through the blue. “Today, my publisher asked me what he […]

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Exploration

February 7th 2017

“What are YOU going to be when you grow up, Dora?” Mrs. Schultz asked sweetly. “An explorer – duh,” she replied to everyone’s delighted laughter. Mrs. Schultz gave her a thumbs up and moved on to ask Patrick and then Teresa. “Are you really going to be an explorer?” Ruiz whispered to Dora when the […]

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Rarity

October 11th 2016

“This rare octopus, found in what I’ll call “impossibly deep” water, is a rarity,” the guide began. “It controls its phosphorescence, going bright and dark at will. We think this is a hunting mechanism, designed to make it appear invisible to prey until it’s upon them.” Someone in the crowd shuddered (one of the mothers); […]

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Problem

September 5th 2016

Herbert’s teacher looked up as Lisa sat down for their conference; the woman’s eyes were darkly ringed from lack of sleep. “I’m so glad you could make it so late in the day,” she said softly. Lisa could see that she was trembling. “Are you all right, Amber?” Lisa asked, reaching out to touch her […]

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Placement

May 5th 2016

When the portal opened, Cthulhu pointed. “Place some of the eggs in there; it’s an excellent temperature for incubation.” The sothoth hesitated, unsure. “It’s all right,” Cthulhu shrieked comfortingly, “we’ve used this place before – and one of the hatchlings patrols it for safety.” The sothoth undulated very carefully down to the edge of the […]

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Morning

April 16th 2016

He trudged into the kitchen and poured two cups of coffee, adding a pinch of sugar and milk to each, before returning quickly to the living room. Howard shuddered as he heard a strange sound – a rushing, popping, liquid sound, and relaxed in the silence that followed. His roommate went into the kitchen some […]

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Mythos

February 18th 2016

“Let us hear another of your stories,” the king commanded. He bowed, settling before the throne. “The robed figures stood in a circle around a patch of soft earth inscribed with a sigil,” he began. “Their low chanting started, causing the sigil to glow and, in due time, the portal opened. From the dark comfort […]

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Facts

February 1st 2016

“The stories were actually written by Herbert West,” Professor Langston said, “who was not a mad scientist, but a groundskeeper for Arkham public parks.” The audience grumbled. “Mr. West saw a great many unexplainable phenomena during his tenure and used his untapped genius to spin the stories into some kind of cohesion – the mythos […]

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Gifts

December 24th 2015

“Hey, man, you’re hitting the fish sauce pretty hard over here,” Yog-Sothoth said quietly to Dagon, who’d propped himself up by the window and was draining the punch bowl. “You’re going to miss the opening of the gifts.” “Who cares?” came the slurred reply. “We’re just going to get eaten anyway.” “Now, you don’t know […]

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Translation

September 16th 2015

“The translator works, I’m sure of it,” Dr. Kivel said quietly. “I just … well, this outcome is unexpected.” Drs. Mandt and Peabody looked over her shoulder and stared. In the distance, the dolphins continued their odd migration pattern from deep water closer to the inlets of the eastern seaboard. “Rejoice and fear, for the […]

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