Tansy Undercrypt
Author, Illustrator, Purveyor of Doom & Whimsy

Wood

January 10th 2017

“Why does no one ever die in The Hundred Acre Wood?” one of the young rabbits asked Owl. “Because we have plenty of space for living,” Owl said, matter-of-factly. “Simple as that.” The young ones puzzled, but couldn’t think of another question, and relaxed into complete agreement. Owl breathed a sigh of relief watching them […]

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Heartbreak

November 3rd 2016

“I think I’d just … just rather sit in my room and read,” Paula said quietly, not looking at her grandmother. The old woman laughed. “Too old for my crazy stories of people in a small town, eh? Well, that’s just fine, Honey. Today’s yawner was going to be The Heartbreak Twins.” “The … the […]

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Harm

October 27th 2016

“What’s the weirdest thing you ever saw?” Marge asked him, and Buck put both elbows on the bar. “Tough one,” he answered. “I’ve passed through so many small towns that’ve raised the hairs on the back of my neck.” Marge waited, and the bartender loitered (just inside of earshot). “I guess,” Buck said, taking a […]

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Part Two: Heather Makes a Ray Gun

July 31st 2016

“The problem with delivery is the load distribution,” Heather added to her development notes. “Small but volatile source + stable activation construct seems to equal poor frequency control.” She sighed heavily and rubbed her eyes. So close; she was so friggin’ close. Heather looked over at the clock in the basement and groaned; it was […]

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Points

July 18th 2016

“Most likely to have a hidden web cam in the house,” Bill whispered as the blonde in sky-high heels bounced by, fashion sunglasses in place, with her phone growing out of her left ear. “One point,” Greg said in agreement. “Oh, here we go,” Sandy said quietly. “Most likely to be a hypochondriac who chews […]

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Forever

June 27th 2016

“The hardest thing?” Dracula repeated, fascinated by the question. “Well, the sheer scope of it, I suppose.” He paused, reflective. “It can honestly be said that, when I love, I love forever. The implications are, of course, frightening and a bit sad.” He looked off, out of the window into someplace else, and sighed. “I […]

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Spontaneous Part Two: Narnia

June 26th 2016

Carlie never went back, preferring to draw a permanent line between that life and this one. Max went back only once, as a grown man, finding the door in an overgrown thicket and prying it open very carefully. The cellar was the same as before, but more organized. It was clear that his family no […]

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Reader

May 20th 2016

“Oh, I need to get going,” Alberta said, gathering her things quickly, and looking at her watch. “Headed out to the cemetery?” Ernie asked with a frown. “Every day just before sunset,” she confirmed and his lips twitched. “I don’t think it’s healthy, Alberta,” Ernie said. “Both you wandering about alone in the evening and […]

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Care

April 23rd 2016

Christy sulked all of the way into the building, and sighed heavily in the waiting area while her dad went to collect Grandpapa. Fidgeting with her doll, she occasionally stole glances at the television in the lobby, but made eye contact with no one. Marvin and Pauline (both residents) nudged each other and smiled. “I […]

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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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