Tansy Undercrypt
Author, Illustrator, Purveyor of Doom & Whimsy

Patterns

February 27th 2018

“Harwa, you’ve been very quiet for the past couple of weeks in group,” the Night Therapist said (and all eyes turned toward the mummy). “I’m not trying to make you uncomfortable, but I’d like to ask if you’ll talk about how you’re doing.” He shifted in his seat. “I was … a steward in life,” […]

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Bark

February 24th 2018

“What I want to stress here is that you BARK, not BITE,” Royal said to Hank, Fluff, and Raisin. They stood staring at the party in progress from the doorway to the den. “We know that some of these people aren’t people,” Royal continued. “We don’t have a clue what the non-people actually are and […]

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Irony

November 29th 2017

“I am filled with a great sadness,” the monster said, thumping its chest, “and then filled with a great anger.” Its eyes glowed red. “And then, predictably,” Stan said, non-plussed about the eyes, “you’re sad again.” “For no good reason,” the monster added miserably. “I disagree with you there,” Stan responded softly, leaning forward. “I […]

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Reveal

November 14th 2017

“And now you shall DIE!” Len shrieked, lunging forward and tearing his human mask away to reveal the monster underneath. “Dammit Len!” Marcie spat back, irritated, tearing her human mask away to reveal the monster underneath. “This is MY turf!” “What the hell?” Darren sputtered, shocked, tearing his human mask away to reveal the monster […]

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Meeting

September 23rd 2017

When Scott pulled up, Bill was sitting on the porch smoking a cigarette in the dark (the lights of his house going on and off with screeching and roaring filling the cul-de-sac). “Dude,” he said, “your house is going nuts.” “Yeah,” Bill responded. “The things in the closet, attic, basement, and surrounding forest are having […]

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Relief

September 14th 2017

Willem answered the knocking and found a half-man half-beast in an emergency personnel vest, glasses perched on its snout in front of glowing amber eyes. “Timberly,” the monster man said, extending his claw and Willem shook it (not knowing what else to do). “We’re from the Black Cross.” Willem looked beyond the doorway and took […]

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Belonging

August 29th 2017

“We’ve talked a lot about you feeling very confrontational in most situations – how you get right up in someone’s face as a way to not feel vulnerable about their approach,” the Night Therapist said quietly. “Yes,” she agreed, nodding even as she faced away. “And we’ve talked about how that doesn’t provide you with […]

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Pieces

August 14th 2017

“Anyone else want to share?” the Night Therapist gently prodded. Frankenstein’s monster drew a deep breath and leaned forward. “Tried to be social over the weekend,” it said chewing its bottom lip (causing the lip to detach slightly at the corner). “Went to the grocery store; went to a neighborhood park for a concert; went […]

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Love

July 21st 2017

“We’ve talked a lot about love,” the therapist said, looking around the circle. “We’ve shared our romantic hopes and dreams and touched on what scares us most about stepping forward.” A few heads nodded. “Today, I’d like to take our conversation one step farther and explore what it means to us to be lovable – […]

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Beware

July 14th 2017

“BEWARE!” the man cried out, pointing, and all of the creatures in the forest froze in place. “Beware the Jabberwock, my son!” the man yelled, drawing his son near. “What the?” muttered the Jabberwock, raising its head from its lunch. “The jaws that bite, the claws that catch!” continued the man. “I’m eating my lunch!” […]

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