Tansy Undercrypt
Author, Illustrator, Purveyor of Doom & Whimsy
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Meadow

February 9th 2016 in Microfiction

“Mr. Meriwether, where is Miss Gladstrup?” came a tense voice rounding the corner of the shed. “She’s on her way to the meadow with the children, Matron; they passed here not ten minutes ago,” Meriwether responded, removing his cap to address her. “My God, no!” Matron yelled, turning on her heels and running for the […]

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Cover

February 8th 2016

They watched the police handcuff Lana and escort her out the front door to the waiting car. “Unbelievable,” Robert said, shaking his head. “I didn’t see that one coming.” “Her epic life of crime?” Amy asked, laughing. “I think that’s usually kept secret for a reason.” Robert smiled. “I’m shocked is all,” he said. “I […]

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Letters from Management #6

February 7th 2016

To the attention of: Dr. Erwin Schrodinger Esteemed Sir, Thank you for your recent inquiry. While we are eager to provide you with a quote for our services, we must settle the issue of animals living on the property. Do you, Sir, have a cat in residence with you at the lab or do you […]

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Shenanigans

February 6th 2016

“What have you got there, buddy?” Mike asked Hank the Hound, who held a dead bird very proudly in his mouth. Shelly screamed and ran out of the kitchen with clear instructions to take care of the problem; Hannah looked on from the breakfast nook, eating her oatmeal slowly. Mike coaxed the bird away from […]

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Light

February 5th 2016

Ernestine brought a tiny bottle from the hutch in the dining room; she cradled it tenderly in her cupped hands. “Good heavens, what’s that?” Bonnie asked. “Is that moonshine?” Ernestine laughed. “Everybody knows that moonshine comes in a jug.” She sat the bottle down on the tray very carefully. “You were saying how much you […]

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Citation

February 4th 2016

The squad car lights illuminated the back county road and all of the dense trees arching up over it. Officer Marvin got out slowly, keeping a light touch on his holster. “You guys LARPing or something?” There was no response. He carefully approached the guy in the massive horned helmet riding a … stag? “Nice […]

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Grandmother

February 3rd 2016

She found two dead wolves on the path and started to run. The webs in this part of the forest were enormous and so dense you could not see through them. She ran, not looking when a shadow shifted to her right, fearing she would come undone. Racing to the cottage, she was relieved that […]

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Coffee

February 2nd 2016

“What the heck is this?” David asked, gesturing to something on Mindy’s desk. Between the file organizer and the potted ivy, an Altoid tin was open and, inside, a tiny mattress, pillow, and quilted comforter were in view. “It’s for the coffee fairies,” Mindy answered matter-of-factly. “In the mornings, they work particularly hard. Providing them […]

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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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