Tansy Undercrypt
Author, Illustrator, Purveyor of Doom & Whimsy


October 28th 2016

At the party, Greg was the center of attention – sophisticated and handsome, mysterious and romantic. “Wow, man, that tux is boss,” Mel said, passing him on her way to the snack buffet. He smiled and nodded, his Phantom’s mask shifting only slightly. Two of the dates that had arrived with other guys slipped him […]

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October 17th 2016

When the northernmost delegation was introduced, a hush fell over the crowd. “My God,” Robin whispered, “what are those?” Standing over 7 feet tall, the Arctic werewolves strode in, silver hair to their shoulders, fur cloaks held at the collar by a leather and bone clasp, orange eyes blazing. “It’s like something out of a […]

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September 16th 2016

“I think we’re going places,” he said, looking deeply into her eyes. “I think we have a future.” She smiled at him and reached into her purse. “Let’s see if you’re right,” she said, pulling out her crystal ball (which glowed a soft blue green in the pale dashboard light). He froze and her smile […]

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August 20th 2016

She sat up in bed, her hair a mad panic, unsteady and sighing. “You need more sleep,” he said softly. “My brain won’t shut up,” she replied, her eyes staring at the curtain as if she could see through the window beyond. “I don’t even know what I need.” “A team of deadly ninja assassins?” […]

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June 25th 2016

“You either don’t ever get involved or you use this,” L said, holding up the thingie. “Dude,” R responded, “you know that’s unauthorized use of Men In Black equipment for personal reasons.” “I know,” L said. “And you can’t just blot yourself from someone’s mind because the romance didn’t work out. That makes you – […]

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February 12th 2016

“I don’t know,” Ryan said. “I don’t know if starting something would be the best idea I ever had or a complete catastrophe.” “It’ll be both,” Matt replied, a smile playing at the corner of his mouth. “Love is always both.” “Part sweeping saga,” Ryan started with a sigh. “… and part zombie apocalypse,” Matt […]

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February 10th 2016

“This is an amazing collection,” he said, going from frame to frame down the hallway. “Are these wine labels?” “Cargo labels,” came the reply, “from every country my coffin’s ever been shipped to.” A silence fell between them. “And so then what happened?” the therapist probed gently. “What always happens: my teeth drop down, there’s […]

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January 20th 2016

“Well, I’m not beautiful – and I think one benefit of not being beautiful is a certain freedom to travel the world,” Casey said. “I look like everyone; I fit in everywhere; no one is marveling at me; no one is trying to take my picture.” She sipped her coffee and smiled. “I’m free to […]

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February 26th 2015

Brian lingered at the window, watching Alice spray her hair, pour a glass of wine, and sit down at the table carefully. She smoothed the tablecloth and sighed, smiling nervously. Brian smiled, too. He willed himself to dissipate, moving under the house to the floor of the dining room. As soon as Alice put her […]

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September 16th 2014

“History can bestow a romantic quality on the undeserving, of course,” Mr Caportini said to the tour group, leading them into the portrait gallery. “Our Miss Borden being an excellent example.” He paused before the famous face. “While, certainly, her most violent crimes deserve their notoriety,” Caportini continued, adding, “Oh, and don’t trouble yourself with […]

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