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The world’s fate lies with a comatose young girl; an android wants to remember a human she once knew under Martian skies; men at sea learn that the ocean is a realm far different from land, where an unforgiving god rules; a school security guard discovers extreme English class; and a man understands what the behemoth beneath the sea commands of him. The Sea Was a Fair Maste The world’s fate lies with a comatose young girl; an android wants to remember a human she once knew under Martian skies; men at sea learn that the ocean is a realm far different from land, where an unforgiving god rules; a school security guard discovers extreme English class; and a man understands what the behemoth beneath the sea commands of him. The Sea Was a Fair Master is a collection of 23 stories, riding the currents of fantasy, science fiction, crime, and horror. There are tales of murder, death, loss, revenge, greed, and hate. There are also tales of hope, survival, and love. For the sea was a fair master.


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The world’s fate lies with a comatose young girl; an android wants to remember a human she once knew under Martian skies; men at sea learn that the ocean is a realm far different from land, where an unforgiving god rules; a school security guard discovers extreme English class; and a man understands what the behemoth beneath the sea commands of him. The Sea Was a Fair Maste The world’s fate lies with a comatose young girl; an android wants to remember a human she once knew under Martian skies; men at sea learn that the ocean is a realm far different from land, where an unforgiving god rules; a school security guard discovers extreme English class; and a man understands what the behemoth beneath the sea commands of him. The Sea Was a Fair Master is a collection of 23 stories, riding the currents of fantasy, science fiction, crime, and horror. There are tales of murder, death, loss, revenge, greed, and hate. There are also tales of hope, survival, and love. For the sea was a fair master.

30 review for The Sea Was a Fair Master

  1. 5 out of 5

    Candace Robinson

    I normally am not a big fan of reading anthologies with short stories when they are by different authors because my level of liking the stories fluctuates. However, I have read several stories by Demmer and was excited to see there would be an anthology with only his written words. He’s like the king of horror short stories! Anyway, this was a cool ride through tales with dark stuff, fun stuff and all around cool stuff! Gritty and dark while also being thought provoking!

  2. 5 out of 5

    Dianne

    A talented author knows how to set the tone, the atmosphere and tell their story. In the case of author Calvin Demmer, he set that tone, that atmosphere and told several short stories without missing a beat! THE SEA WAS A FAIR MASTER is dark, edgy reading with hints of horror, the unbelievable, the gut-clenching and the just plain creepy. Several of the twenty-three tales told could easily be expanded into longer, and probably more gruesome tales, but most importantly, each one is complete or lea A talented author knows how to set the tone, the atmosphere and tell their story. In the case of author Calvin Demmer, he set that tone, that atmosphere and told several short stories without missing a beat! THE SEA WAS A FAIR MASTER is dark, edgy reading with hints of horror, the unbelievable, the gut-clenching and the just plain creepy. Several of the twenty-three tales told could easily be expanded into longer, and probably more gruesome tales, but most importantly, each one is complete or leaves us hanging at just the right time! Now, before you think this is just a compilation of horror, be advised, there is a love story that clearly demonstrates how far a man will go to please the woman he loves. There is even a tale of an android grieving the loss of her human friend. Then again, some people find ways to make their lover leave, permanently. Sail the seas at your own peril or rescue a young child from the end of the world (at your own peril). Calvin Demmer’s wicked-sharp imagination comes across in each story in an economy of words and a wealth of reading entertainment that can be read in pieces, chunks or the entire book! I received a complimentary ARC edition from Calvin Demmer! Publisher: Unnerving (June 5, 2018) Publication Date: June 5, 2018 Genre: Dark Anthology | Short Stories Print Length: 83 pages Available from: Amazon For Reviews, Giveaways, Fabulous Book News, follow: http://tometender.blogspot.com

  3. 4 out of 5

    Bark

    This is a collection of little short stories or as they’re better known “flash fiction”. There are 23 of them and when I realized how short they were I have to admit I was super worried that they’d be a waste of my time. I mean, I have trouble with a lack of a complete story in a novella, never mind a story that is only 2 pages or so! But once I started reading them I was no longer worried. These stories are eerie, creepy, sinister, sometimes bleak or funny and always creative and best of all th This is a collection of little short stories or as they’re better known “flash fiction”. There are 23 of them and when I realized how short they were I have to admit I was super worried that they’d be a waste of my time. I mean, I have trouble with a lack of a complete story in a novella, never mind a story that is only 2 pages or so! But once I started reading them I was no longer worried. These stories are eerie, creepy, sinister, sometimes bleak or funny and always creative and best of all they are COMPLETE! One or two even almost made me get teary. How the author managed to do that with so few words is beyond me but I’m glad he did and I can easily recommend it for any weird fiction and horror fan. There’s a little something for everyone here and I wasn’t disappointed with any of the stories but, of course, there were some I liked better than others. I'd say my least favorites were the two having to do with the sea. Here are my favorites with vague little recaps. Restroom Finds is filled with gory gorgeousness and is set during the aftermath of an apocalypse. All I have to say is, when are people finally going to listen to Agent Mulder and Trust No One?! And that means absolutely NO ONE! Underneath is a darkly demented, humorous little tale about a man and his wife that still makes me laugh when I think of it. But perhaps there is something wrong with me  Yara Damn this one. This one made me go all bleary eyed when I least expected it. Revenge of the Myth Krampus comes a-calling and you can bet I loved this one. It’s complete but I’m greedy and I want it expanded into a novella! Who can ever get enough of the sexy Krampus, lol. The One is a weird little voyeuristic look into the desperation of a homeless man willing to do the most awfullest of awful things in order to win the hand of the woman he loves. It’s gruesome and it’s fun, if you’re a weirdo. Letting the Dead Grow A cemetery grounds keeper takes his macabre garden very, very seriously using the materials he has on hand. Graves Oh, ouch this one stings the heart until it’s dead. If you like this sort thing, I suggest you grab a copy of this collection. Each story is like a little present, and most contain an unexpected nasty little surprise inside. What more could you want?!

  4. 4 out of 5

    S.E. Casey

    The Sea Was a Fair Master is a collection of 23 stories, spanning the depths of horror, science fiction, crime, and fantasy. The commonality here is the form: flash fiction, or stories that are 2,000 words or under. Flash fiction is not a rushed short story, nor is it simply an excerpt from a longer one. Flash is its own form. Like any story, it has a beginning, middle, and end. It has characters, plot development, nuance, and twists. Flash fiction is an economy of words, stories that start fast The Sea Was a Fair Master is a collection of 23 stories, spanning the depths of horror, science fiction, crime, and fantasy. The commonality here is the form: flash fiction, or stories that are 2,000 words or under. Flash fiction is not a rushed short story, nor is it simply an excerpt from a longer one. Flash is its own form. Like any story, it has a beginning, middle, and end. It has characters, plot development, nuance, and twists. Flash fiction is an economy of words, stories that start fast and dive straight to the point. It is a gang fight, an alien landing, a capsized burning boat. One of the collection's highlights is"The Snakes or the Humans?". Like many of the stories, it contains a subtle pivot leading to a surprising twist. Much like haiku, there is a misdirection point which when done in the short form stands out and is ripe for provoking thought and interpretation. The stories are primarily horror, sci fi, or crime. Sometimes satirical, sometimes realistic, sometimes fantastic, there is a strong speculative element to everything. Some of my other favorite stories were "Hangman", a tale of campus language police taken to an absurd extreme. The titular "The Sea Was a Fair Master", a pseudo-Lovecraftian story with a quietly disturbing ending. Also, there is "Fear the Clowns" with its didn't-see-it-coming, punchline ending which is deliciously funny and creepy at the same time. For those looking for some horror short fiction, "The Sea Was a Fair Master" provides genuine scares and creepiness, but also some sardonic humor and heart as well. I would hope the reader too comes away with an appreciation and understanding of the short form too—flash fiction an art to itself!

  5. 5 out of 5

    The Grim Reader (Beavisthebookhead.com)

    Calvin Demmer’s debut collection features 23 stories in which the author leaves no stone unturned. Demmer runs the gamut of genre fiction and in doing so gives us a varied, often stunning journey through his imagination. Flash fiction is something that either works for you or it doesn’t. Unlike a recent drabble anthology I read and reviewed here, these stories carry more weight and have much more depth thanks to their length. When flash fiction is done poorly we often only get a glimpse at a wide Calvin Demmer’s debut collection features 23 stories in which the author leaves no stone unturned. Demmer runs the gamut of genre fiction and in doing so gives us a varied, often stunning journey through his imagination. Flash fiction is something that either works for you or it doesn’t. Unlike a recent drabble anthology I read and reviewed here, these stories carry more weight and have much more depth thanks to their length. When flash fiction is done poorly we often only get a glimpse at a wider narrative and it fails because it doesn’t really have a structure to it: a beginning, a middle and an end. This is certainly not the case here and it’s a credit to Demmer how easily I was able to connect with the characters and themes within the stories and how well they flowed. I can’t stress how difficult it is to engage a reader in such a short story, but Calvin Demmer does so here with ease right from the first story, the excellent On The Seventh Day. This is a story about ghosts, pirates and the unease of the ocean and it’s quite simply superb. The second story, Restroom Finds, sees a complete change of location and this is one of the books many strengths. Demmer never allows you to settle, these stories keep you on the edge of your seat and the moment you decide to call it a day, you decide to read one more story. Honestly, this collection is like a drug. There are numerous other stories that deserve a mention. Yara is a science fiction tale about a robot struggling to come to terms with its inevitable demise. I really enjoyed this one, huge emotion elevates this tale from being very good to absolutely fantastic. Like A Spanish Guitar also hit the mark for me with its overarching theme of temptation and Sea Ate Nine finishes the collection of in stupendous fashion. It truly is hard to find fault with this collection. I’ve been very picky about giving books the full 5 stars this year, but after careful consideration, I found it impossible not to with The Sea Is A Fair Master. This is a book that comes with my highest recommendation. My favourite Unnerving release thus far. 5/5 sunken ships from the Grim Reader.

  6. 4 out of 5

    Mindi

    This book was sent to me by the author in exchange for an honest review. Flash fiction is fairly new to me. I don't read a lot of stories in magazines, and I'm beginning to think that I need to change that. I'm thrilled that Demmer and Unnerving Magazine released this book of his flash fiction in a single volume. There isn't a dud in the entire bunch, and I really enjoyed this short and immensely entertaining collection. I read this one straight through, but I kept thinking how nice it would be t This book was sent to me by the author in exchange for an honest review. Flash fiction is fairly new to me. I don't read a lot of stories in magazines, and I'm beginning to think that I need to change that. I'm thrilled that Demmer and Unnerving Magazine released this book of his flash fiction in a single volume. There isn't a dud in the entire bunch, and I really enjoyed this short and immensely entertaining collection. I read this one straight through, but I kept thinking how nice it would be to have a collection like this to take out with me when I have to run errands that only take a short amount of time. This book is perfect for horror fans who don't like to leave the house without a book, but would rather have quick tales for those short trips when you need something to occupy a short amount of time. Of course while I enjoyed the collection as a whole, there are always stories that I like more than others. The title story is sincerely disturbing and probably my favorite. Letting the Dead Grow has some truly eerie imagery, and The Snakes or the Humans? is absolutely chilling. Graves is an intensely melancholy story and one that will stay with me for a long time. This is easily a single sitting read, but like I said earlier, if you are the kind of person who likes to take books with you to fill the boring spaces of time when you have to wait in public, these quick and creepy stories are the perfect companion.

  7. 4 out of 5

    Sunshine Somerville

    This author never disappoints in coming up with unique, impressively well-written shorts. This collection of 23 stories has a little bit of everything – from crime to love to androids to the worst English class imaginable. There’s a great balance of creepy, troubling, sometimes funny (in an “oh, that’s terrible” grinning kind of way), and heart-wrenching tales. I also love that these stories aren’t straight horror aimed for gore and terror only. They feel more akin to the works of Poe – there’s a This author never disappoints in coming up with unique, impressively well-written shorts. This collection of 23 stories has a little bit of everything – from crime to love to androids to the worst English class imaginable. There’s a great balance of creepy, troubling, sometimes funny (in an “oh, that’s terrible” grinning kind of way), and heart-wrenching tales. I also love that these stories aren’t straight horror aimed for gore and terror only. They feel more akin to the works of Poe – there’s a point, if not a message, about humanity in every one. Some stories are thought-provoking, others intentionally make you sympathize with the baddies, others are horribly sad but have something beautiful thrown in. And Demmer is a master at last lines. Give this collection a read! These stories are super-short, so even if you don’t like one or two, it’s not like you’re wasting time.

  8. 4 out of 5

    Reonie

    The sea is a fair master is a collection of short horror stories. Very short stories. They are like little bite size appetizers. Each one with a different twist or some shock value. I’m very picky about horror, but this type of stories really appealed to me. There is some gore, but not excessively. I would say that it focuses on the human condition and how terrifying that can be. Some of the stories I chuckled at (this review is written by someone with a dark sense of humour) and others required a The sea is a fair master is a collection of short horror stories. Very short stories. They are like little bite size appetizers. Each one with a different twist or some shock value. I’m very picky about horror, but this type of stories really appealed to me. There is some gore, but not excessively. I would say that it focuses on the human condition and how terrifying that can be. Some of the stories I chuckled at (this review is written by someone with a dark sense of humour) and others required a surprised oooh at the end. There were some that had a twist that I could see coming a mile off, but they were still satisfying when they arrived. My favourite of the stories is Trashcan Sam, Yara and On the Seventh Day. The last one reminded me of The Ghost Pirates by William Hope Hodgson who happens to be my favourite horror writer. The collection also reminded me of the Fireside Mystery Theatre. To sum up my thoughts: They are skillfully written chilling tales that I enjoyed very much.

  9. 4 out of 5

    Romi || Romi Reads

    I have found a new favourite genre: flash fiction. For an impatient person, like me, it's perfect! Each story in The Sea Was a Fair Master is only a couple of pages long, but contains everything you need in a story: suspense, well built characters and a nice plot twist. And talking about the plot twists, I just have to mention that most of the stories contains a twist that takes place in only two or three words. It just comes out of the blue and leaves you flabbergasted! Sometimes I had to read I have found a new favourite genre: flash fiction. For an impatient person, like me, it's perfect! Each story in The Sea Was a Fair Master is only a couple of pages long, but contains everything you need in a story: suspense, well built characters and a nice plot twist. And talking about the plot twists, I just have to mention that most of the stories contains a twist that takes place in only two or three words. It just comes out of the blue and leaves you flabbergasted! Sometimes I had to read these words for a second time, just to make sure I read it right. Amazing. This was a book that I wanted to treasure, but also read as quickly as possible. It was just that good! Where most short story collections, that I have read so far, consist of stories that follow a same structure, The Sea Was a Fair Master consists of stories that are all unique and surprising in their own way. While reading some of them I caught myself thinking "How did Demmer come up with this? This is awesome!". Now this review may seem super enthusiastic, but that's just because I am. If you love horror, sci-fi and thrillers, you'll love The Sea Was a Fair Master! * An e-copy of this book was kindly sent to me in exchange for an honest review *

  10. 5 out of 5

    Donna

    When I picked up this collection of 23 stories by the oh-so talented, Calvin Demmer, I thought I was about to read 23 short horror stories. Oh....people!! This is SO MUCH more than that!! In fact, these stories are the kind of stories that stick in your head and aren’t too quick to leave. In fact, I savored this book. I read a couple of stories here and there. I loved reading it like that!!! Everyone is different, another person might choose to read it all in one go! But I liked having a couple When I picked up this collection of 23 stories by the oh-so talented, Calvin Demmer, I thought I was about to read 23 short horror stories. Oh....people!! This is SO MUCH more than that!! In fact, these stories are the kind of stories that stick in your head and aren’t too quick to leave. In fact, I savored this book. I read a couple of stories here and there. I loved reading it like that!!! Everyone is different, another person might choose to read it all in one go! But I liked having a couple of stories to carry around in my head for the day!! And they really did stay with me like no other story. Because many of them just end leaving the rest up to you to wonder about. So my imagination would be buzzing around about the characters and why this happened, or what might have happened further on down the road, etc. I just loved how these stories had me going!! Now, back to them being all horror. They weren’t really. In fact I realized this afterward, so I reread the book description, or summary, which says, "The Sea Was a Fair Master is a collection of 23 stories, riding the currents of fantasy, science fiction, crime, and horror. There are tales of murder, death, loss, revenge, greed, and hate. There are also tales of hope, survival, and love." Calvin Demmer is a Master of Words!!! Yes he has quite the imagination, but to be able to put that across in words that affect people the way you want it to, or maybe even more profoundly than you even planned....well that is indeed a gift with words!!! Just to give you a sneak peek of a few titles, here’s a few of my favorites: - On The Seventh Day - The Peeper - Fear The Clowns - Voodoo Child - Letting The Dead Grow - Hangman - Graves

  11. 5 out of 5

    Renee

    A solid and disturbing collection of stories. While not every tale in this collection grabbed me, the writing is superb throughout. My favorite thing about this collection is how Demmer (for the most part) takes the normal, mundane bits of daily life and casts a dark shadow over them. Two stories will definitely stay with me: Voodoo Child and Hangman. Kids are creepy, right?

  12. 4 out of 5

    Norrie

    Writing short stories is hard, because you need to get your point across pretty quickly, but at the same time provide enough details that the readers won’t get bored out of their brains because of your dry ass wall of text. Writing flash fiction is even harder, but not for Calvin Demmer. He pulled this one off like a boss. Each and every story punches you in the face with such precision that you have no idea just what hit you. Since the stories are barely three pages long, this collection of sto Writing short stories is hard, because you need to get your point across pretty quickly, but at the same time provide enough details that the readers won’t get bored out of their brains because of your dry ass wall of text. Writing flash fiction is even harder, but not for Calvin Demmer. He pulled this one off like a boss. Each and every story punches you in the face with such precision that you have no idea just what hit you. Since the stories are barely three pages long, this collection of stories is the perfect sneak read for a smoke break, or when you have five minutes for a coffee while your clients are hitting redial with your number like there’s no tomorrow and you just want to get away for a breather. An eclectic selection of delicious and dark tales, The Sea Was a Fair Master will have something for everyone: ghosts, creepy little girls, mythical creatures, blood and guts, you name it. My favourite ones were the one about the android who tries to be people, and a ghost story that had some serious H.P. Lovecraft vibes.

  13. 5 out of 5

    Jessika

    This was my first time reading flash fiction, and I'll be totally honest, I wasn't sure what to expect. I'm all about development, so I wasn't sure how I'd feel about stories that were all less than 5 pages long, especially stories from several of my favorite genres. But I have to say, these were pretty darn good stories! As with any collection, I prefer some over others, but I really did enjoy a majority of them. Since they were so short, I wanted to take my time with them, so I only read one o This was my first time reading flash fiction, and I'll be totally honest, I wasn't sure what to expect. I'm all about development, so I wasn't sure how I'd feel about stories that were all less than 5 pages long, especially stories from several of my favorite genres. But I have to say, these were pretty darn good stories! As with any collection, I prefer some over others, but I really did enjoy a majority of them. Since they were so short, I wanted to take my time with them, so I only read one or two per day so that they would linger with me. And I'll tell you what, Demmer really knows how to pack a punch in just a handful of words! Overall, I was truly impressed. I'm definitely curious to see what this author could do within the realm of short stories or even with a novel!  Thank you very much to Calvin Demmer for providing me with a digital copy of this collection in exchange for an honest review. This in no way affected my review. 

  14. 5 out of 5

    Bree Lark

    I prefer one-piece horror stories versus mini stories. Correction, I used to prefer one-piece horror stories. Today that thought has changed. The Sea Was a Fair Master is a collection of 23 short horror stories varying from murder to androids. Given the 5/5 rating, I was not just pleasantly surprised but amazed how polished and addictive the stories were. I also tend to find including humour in horror stories to be a risky move, but the humour in these stories were executed very well and added som I prefer one-piece horror stories versus mini stories. Correction, I used to prefer one-piece horror stories. Today that thought has changed. The Sea Was a Fair Master is a collection of 23 short horror stories varying from murder to androids. Given the 5/5 rating, I was not just pleasantly surprised but amazed how polished and addictive the stories were. I also tend to find including humour in horror stories to be a risky move, but the humour in these stories were executed very well and added something extra to the stories instead of it falling flat and unneeded. My favourite stories in the collection were Restroom Finds, Letting the Dead Grow and The Guests. This was the first book I have read by this author and I certainly will be looking into his other works. I highly recommend this to anyone who loves horror, spooky short stories or is looking for something unique in the horror genre.

  15. 5 out of 5

    Barbara (The Bibliophage)

    Calvin Demmer creates a gruesome collection of flash fiction in The Sea Was a Fair Master. With 23 stories, the book numbers just 83 pages. Each word is considered and not one is wasted. I’m in awe of the atmospheric, creepy tales he creates in so few words. The descriptions are intense, and Demmer’s use of language is unique. Every story is strong. They range from those I’d like to read more about to those I’d be inclined to leave in the freezer overnight so as not to disturb the creatures withi Calvin Demmer creates a gruesome collection of flash fiction in The Sea Was a Fair Master. With 23 stories, the book numbers just 83 pages. Each word is considered and not one is wasted. I’m in awe of the atmospheric, creepy tales he creates in so few words. The descriptions are intense, and Demmer’s use of language is unique. Every story is strong. They range from those I’d like to read more about to those I’d be inclined to leave in the freezer overnight so as not to disturb the creatures within. But don’t misunderstand. I loved every minute of these stories. I just prefer to read them in the light of day. I’m not inclined to summarize each story here. First, because flash fiction is short. By the time I give you the gist, you might as well read the story itself. And also because the element of surprise is what makes these both strange (in a good way) and enjoyable. Demmer takes many everyday situations, like opening Christmas presents or stopping in a restroom, and very creatively turns them on their head. His monsters are primarily humans, although a couple stories do have supernatural elements. A few of my favorite stories explore the theme of grief. But again, it’s anything but a typical exploration. Demmer takes his horror very seriously, except when he makes you laugh rather than scream or moan. My conclusions: Very simply, I’d definitely like to see some of these stories developed into longer works. Alternately, I’d pick up a Calvin Demmer book and read it for a good jolt of horror. I hope this author is on the cusp of continued success and recognition. Acknowledgements: Many thanks to the author for the opportunity to read a free copy of this debut in exchange for an honest review. More of my reviews are available at my blog, TheBibliophage.com.

  16. 5 out of 5

    Nada Sobhi

    The Sea Was a Fair Master by Calvin Demmer is a collection of 23 short stories spanning realism to paranormal, from sad-and-heartbreaking family and romance to stories that will have you hiding under your bed. Most of the pieces in the collection have either unexpected endings or unthought of events from start to finish. Demmer will keep you guessing about the motives of the characters till you read the last word and say "WOW" or "Yikes!" or "Wicked!" “On these dark-blue waves, it is the sea w The Sea Was a Fair Master by Calvin Demmer is a collection of 23 short stories spanning realism to paranormal, from sad-and-heartbreaking family and romance to stories that will have you hiding under your bed. Most of the pieces in the collection have either unexpected endings or unthought of events from start to finish. Demmer will keep you guessing about the motives of the characters till you read the last word and say "WOW" or "Yikes!" or "Wicked!" “On these dark-blue waves, it is the sea who is judge, jury, and executioner.” The Sea Was a Fair Master begins with “On the Seventh Day”, a strong and deep opening story with the silent sea as the main theme. It is followed by “Restroom Finds”, a thrilling story. I loved it – even though it was a little gory. Don’t want to give it away but it’s creative and new! “Underneath” is the third piece in the collection. It’s creepy. Unexpected. Totally five stars! “Revenge of the Myth” is a 10-star story, which means I was blown away by it. “Fear the Clowns” had me saying “Yikes!” and “Lol” at the same time. Imagine that. “West” is an interesting albeit slightly black-comedy kind-of-story. Demmer is lauded for his ability to keep both reader and characters like on edge until the end. “They were a little nosy like you officer,” a voice said. “I can’t have people coming and disturbing the dead.” “Letting the Dead Grow” is another fresh piece of creativity with an unexpected turnout. Five stars to this one. When I picked up the collection, I planned to keep “The Snakes or the Humans” till the end because of my fear of snakes. But I’m glad I didn’t. A sad tale, the story is a 10-star emotional piece. Meanwhile, “The Guests” is a very short piece. The ending? You won’t see it coming! Five stars. Easily finished in a sitting or two, The Sea Was a Fair Master collection is simply un-put-down-able. “Like a Spanish Guitar” mixes the dreaminess of romance with the paranormal. A 10-star, highly enjoyable story, which I might add is quite terrifying. I could visualise it from start to finish. And I loved it. Then there is “Hangman”, a horrifying – need I say ‘unexpected’ –story that nearly had me biting my nails. I loved how Demmer took a simple children’s game and turned it into a creepy story. After reading it, I also felt that Demmer should consider writing moving scripts; they’d definitely be innovative compared to what we see often. 10 stars to this one. “Graves” is a sad, beautiful, and emotional story that nearly brought me to tears. Another 10-star piece. Last but certainly NOT least is “Sea Ate Nine”, which is gripping from start to finish with lots of puns. A wicked read. Pun intended! One of the things I liked about The Sea Was a Fair Master was that many of the stories had unexpected endings. Demmer’s word choice, imagery, and overall sentences are well-thought out, easy to read, and he’s done a great job with the pacing of his stories. There isn’t a boring one in the group. Other recommended reads (five-star stories) in the collection include “Yara”, “Voodoo Child”, “The Sea Was a Fair Master”, “Not Suicide”, “Evolution = Crime”, and “Noisy Neighbours”. Overall rating for The Sea Was a Fair Master by Calvin Demmer: 5 stars. There were only two stories that didn't appeal to me, but the collection still deserves five stars. It would be unfair on my part to give it anything less. Note: I received an Advanced Reader's Copy (ARC) of The Sea Was a Fair Master from its author Calvin Demmer in exchange for an honest review.

  17. 5 out of 5

    William Bitner Jr.

    Genre - Horror/Short Story Pages - 83 Publication Info - June 5, 2018 Format - Kindle Stars - ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐ Calvin Demmer is an author that is fairly new to me. I’ve read some of his short stories in other anthologies that were authored by various authors and was quite impressed. So, when I was asked to read and review “The Sea Was A Fair Master” by Calvin Demmer I jumped at the opportunity. This book consists of 23 short stories touching on various sub-genres within the horror genre. Some of the horror is s Genre - Horror/Short Story Pages - 83 Publication Info - June 5, 2018 Format - Kindle Stars - ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐ Calvin Demmer is an author that is fairly new to me. I’ve read some of his short stories in other anthologies that were authored by various authors and was quite impressed. So, when I was asked to read and review “The Sea Was A Fair Master” by Calvin Demmer I jumped at the opportunity. This book consists of 23 short stories touching on various sub-genres within the horror genre. Some of the horror is subtle, some is outright brutal. There also a bit of humor thrown in, which I absolutely love in horror. There are twists, turns, stabs and many horrific surprises in each of these stories. I would have, and could have read 23 more dark tales by Calvin. You may think by the title that all the stories have a nautical theme, but only a handful actually do. This read starts with a bang and continues throughout to entertain, thrill and whet your appetite for more his macabre tales. I highly recommend this if horror is your thing and I look forward to many more reads by this skillful craftsman. Synopsis (from back cover): “The world’s fate lies with a comatose young girl; an android wants to remember a human she once knew under Martian skies; men at sea learn that the ocean is a realm far different from land, where an unforgiving god rules; a school security guard discovers extreme English class; and a man understands what the behemoth beneath the sea commands of him. The Sea Was a Fair Master is a collection of 23 stories, riding the currents of fantasy, science fiction, crime, and horror. There are tales of murder, death, loss, revenge, greed, and hate. There are also tales of hope, survival, and love. For the sea was a fair master.” Calvin Demmer is a dark fiction author. His debut collection, The Sea Was a Fair Master, was released in June 2018. When not writing, he is intrigued by that which goes bump in the night and the sciences of our universe. You can find him online at www.calvindemmer.com or follow him on Twitter @CalvinDemmer.

  18. 4 out of 5

    S.J. Budd

    I've been familiar with Calvin Demmer's work for a while now, after we were both published in Sanitarium Magazine way back in 2015. Since then I've been really enjoying his stories which have been regularly appearing on my favourite sites such as, Deadman's Tome, Siren's Call, Dark Gothic Resurrected and most recently the Hardened Hearts Anthology by Unnerving Magazine. The Sea Was a Fair Master is Calvin Demmer's first collection of short stories, available from Unnerving and I was delighted to I've been familiar with Calvin Demmer's work for a while now, after we were both published in Sanitarium Magazine way back in 2015. Since then I've been really enjoying his stories which have been regularly appearing on my favourite sites such as, Deadman's Tome, Siren's Call, Dark Gothic Resurrected and most recently the Hardened Hearts Anthology by Unnerving Magazine. The Sea Was a Fair Master is Calvin Demmer's first collection of short stories, available from Unnerving and I was delighted to have a sneak preview before it comes out on 5th June 2018. It features 23 horror tales which encompass an extraordinary range of sub genres, ranging from crime, zombies, gore, fantasy, science fiction and just weird! This is his first collection, a truly remarkable debut. I really enjoyed reading this and it took no time at all to finish as you will want to binge on this when it's out in June. The stories in here are short, what you would call flash fiction. I have to admit that flash fiction was something I have never been interested in before, but Calvin has converted me with his collection. For flash fiction to be great it has to be executed with precision, the characterisation, pacing and plot has to be spot on from the very first word, and Calvin has achieved this with dark grace in each of his 23 tales. In The Sea Was a Fair Master, no two tales are similar, they are wildly different and show off Calvin's great skills as a writer as well as his dark imagination. What I most love about this collection is the wry sense of humour throughout. My absolute favourite, was The One, this one really got me! It reminded me of one of my favourite TV sitcoms - It's Always Sunny in Philadelphia, (but darker!)

  19. 4 out of 5

    Theresa Braun

    Strap on your seatbelt because this flash fiction ride is about to give you whiplash with all its twists and turns. Each story either drops you off safely at the end of the road, or (more often than not) leaves you needing a neck brace. Either way, you most likely won’t see it coming. Demmer’s adventures (sometimes at sea, as the title promises) winds us through the past, present, or future, using various perspectives, which is part of this author’s charm. Be sure to put on the brakes a little, Strap on your seatbelt because this flash fiction ride is about to give you whiplash with all its twists and turns. Each story either drops you off safely at the end of the road, or (more often than not) leaves you needing a neck brace. Either way, you most likely won’t see it coming. Demmer’s adventures (sometimes at sea, as the title promises) winds us through the past, present, or future, using various perspectives, which is part of this author’s charm. Be sure to put on the brakes a little, though, and take a pause at Demmer’s clever titles. No detail is spared in this collection, so don’t miss it. Here are some of the standouts for me: “Restroom Finds” is an apocalyptic gem. Prepare to have the rug pulled out from under you. “Underneath” is a plunge into the mind of a psychopath that will leave you wondering which end is up once you’ve gotten to the conclusion. Such fun. “Yara” a total futuristic tear-jerker, which Demmer magically packs with a complete world of detail. I couldn’t believe how he managed to make the story seem much longer, and in a good way. “The One” is a shocking twist on the horror of romantic relationships, or at least the gruesome lengths some will go to keep love alive. “Voodoo Child” is a creepy cool lesson in believing in the supernatural before it’s too late. Oh, and take your children seriously, or you might regret it. This is probably one of my favorites in the collection. “Hangman” is not your average day in high school. *Insert evil laugh* I wanted to sit in the back row of this Extreme English class, and maybe even invite a couple of enemies to get in the hot seat. But, I never told you that here. “Sea Ate Nine” is a trippy riddle. What a blast to follow the main character as he tries to figure it out. Overall, the stories are an excellent lineup—some horror, some sci-fi, with some genre blending. This experience is just as satisfying as going to an antique car show. Each hot rod is unique, and the chrome is polished to a shine. You just might feel like revving up the engine to take the book for another spin. This is a collection that can definitely be read more than once.

  20. 5 out of 5

    Sherry Fundin

    Nowhere is safe in these 23 flash fiction pieces where the sea rules and it won’t let you forget it, but there is so much more – zombies, The Peeper is a fave, love that Krampus made an appearance, proves that clowns are creepy, your not so run of the mill murders – from Heaven to Hell and back again there is something for everyone in these quick yet chilling snippets of life in the world of horror that are written with humor, wit and a bit of the macabre and I found myself smiling at these stor Nowhere is safe in these 23 flash fiction pieces where the sea rules and it won’t let you forget it, but there is so much more – zombies, The Peeper is a fave, love that Krampus made an appearance, proves that clowns are creepy, your not so run of the mill murders – from Heaven to Hell and back again there is something for everyone in these quick yet chilling snippets of life in the world of horror that are written with humor, wit and a bit of the macabre and I found myself smiling at these stories that prove a few well written words can scare your pants off. I voluntarily reviewed a free copy of The Sea Is A Fair Master by Calvin Demmer. See more at fundinmental

  21. 5 out of 5

    David

    3.5 stars for this collection of flash fiction. I really enjoyed a lot of the shorts. My review can be read here ---> https://wp.me/p5t5Tf-1Ek

  22. 5 out of 5

    Anie

    Received from Author It was such a pleasant surprise reading The Sea Was a Fair Master. I don’t read many short stories, usually preferring full length novels, but I seriously loves this one. The stories were very unique, there is post-apocalyptic, zombies, ghost, sci.fi, crimi and love. One thing that they all have in common is that all of them are very vivid, they spring from the pages and the writing it’s very good. :) It’s amazing how in just few paragraph the whole story comes to life and who Received from Author It was such a pleasant surprise reading The Sea Was a Fair Master. I don’t read many short stories, usually preferring full length novels, but I seriously loves this one. The stories were very unique, there is post-apocalyptic, zombies, ghost, sci.fi, crimi and love. One thing that they all have in common is that all of them are very vivid, they spring from the pages and the writing it’s very good. :) It’s amazing how in just few paragraph the whole story comes to life and who you can be thoroughly scared with so little words. :)

  23. 5 out of 5

    Charlotte

    This author is new to me, so I didn't know what to expect when I was asked to read this one. This is an anthology of dark stories, we have murder, ghosts, cannibals and others. These stories are just great! I do like short stories just because it's easy to find a place to stop, but I didn't want to stop with this one. I read this anthology in one sitting because I had to see what dark or demented tale this author has thought up next. This book will having me searching out more books by Calvin De This author is new to me, so I didn't know what to expect when I was asked to read this one. This is an anthology of dark stories, we have murder, ghosts, cannibals and others. These stories are just great! I do like short stories just because it's easy to find a place to stop, but I didn't want to stop with this one. I read this anthology in one sitting because I had to see what dark or demented tale this author has thought up next. This book will having me searching out more books by Calvin Demmer, he has a way with writing Horror. Deserves all 5 stars!

  24. 4 out of 5

    Leo Robertson

    Usain Bolt is the fastest 100/200m runner. You know how fast can he run a mile? No one does. He never has. See my point? No? (Maybe that’s because I stole it from this article where they used it about something much more relevant.) Whatever. You already know you’re never gonna see “The Posthumously Unearthed Flash Fiction of Norman Mailer.” Jonathan Franzen’s National Book Award-nominated pamphlet. Ayn Rand for Those in a Hurry. Proust wrote sentences longer (and far more forgettable) than some of t Usain Bolt is the fastest 100/200m runner. You know how fast can he run a mile? No one does. He never has. See my point? No? (Maybe that’s because I stole it from this article where they used it about something much more relevant.) Whatever. You already know you’re never gonna see “The Posthumously Unearthed Flash Fiction of Norman Mailer.” Jonathan Franzen’s National Book Award-nominated pamphlet. Ayn Rand for Those in a Hurry. Proust wrote sentences longer (and far more forgettable) than some of these stories. I could go on. Writing flash fiction is a fundamentally different skill—one that Mr Demmer possesses and I sure as fuck don’t. I think I have three flash pieces that I wrote by accident. I didn’t plan them and I don’t think I could’ve. Getting the bish-bash-bosh of a short story into 1000 words or so is far tougher than it looks. I’d sooner write 23 130-page novellas than 23 flash fiction pieces comprising 130 pages. (But I’d rather play Nintendo Switch or take a nap than do either tbh.) Within these few pages are a plethora of seafaring psychos, malicious detectives and the killers they’re after, mysteries, horrors—even a melancholy, sentimental sci-fi piece which I see is garnering a lot of well-deserved praise. This book is also very much in the spirit of Unnerving, its publisher, which is fast becoming the place to go for short sharp shocks. The shock-per-page ratio of Calvin’s flash collection is ramped to the max. Did you see that The New Yorker is promoting flash fiction now? Catch up guys. Calvin was already a master.

  25. 4 out of 5

    Yolande Branch

    I received an arc copy of this book by the author. This book was a fantastic blend of intrigue, horror and quick mystery. As a short story collection, some of the stories gave you just enough time to digest the plot before coming to an end, which I really enjoyed. The flow of the book was continuous, entertaining and kept me wanting to turn the page. Calvin has a unique way of story telling which takes you to the heart of the story before catapulting you to an unexpected end. This is my fourth boo I received an arc copy of this book by the author. This book was a fantastic blend of intrigue, horror and quick mystery. As a short story collection, some of the stories gave you just enough time to digest the plot before coming to an end, which I really enjoyed. The flow of the book was continuous, entertaining and kept me wanting to turn the page. Calvin has a unique way of story telling which takes you to the heart of the story before catapulting you to an unexpected end. This is my fourth book by Calvin and once again he had me salivating for more! If you are a fan of horror stories or are looking for a new genre to read, this book is definitely one for 2018! 5 out of 5 stars

  26. 5 out of 5

    Reads & Reels

    I don’t read many anthologies, particularly the flash fiction variety, but Calvin Demmer is a fantastic storyteller so I decided to take a leap outside my comfort zone. I don’t think I will be able to do this collection justice but here I go. Each story varies in length, some being as short as a few pages. It takes a very strong writer to capture a reader with the average short story, nevermind 5 pages but this author is talented enough to do that and more. He has created a collection that is cap I don’t read many anthologies, particularly the flash fiction variety, but Calvin Demmer is a fantastic storyteller so I decided to take a leap outside my comfort zone. I don’t think I will be able to do this collection justice but here I go. Each story varies in length, some being as short as a few pages. It takes a very strong writer to capture a reader with the average short story, nevermind 5 pages but this author is talented enough to do that and more. He has created a collection that is captivating, dark, and eerie. Though it is fiction, it is as thought-provoking as it is imaginative and I found myself envisioning all sorts of things while reading. As I mentioned, this isn’t usually my thing but despite my reservations, I found it very entertaining. I would happily recommend this to readers who enjoy well-crafted tales rather than the usual fiction and I can easily picture these stories being told by a crackling campfire, maybe with sound of waves crashing in the distance. Rating... A

  27. 5 out of 5

    Chelsea (chelsea.wilde)

    This is a quick collection of flash horror and it is done right! Each story is unnerving in its own way, with some being left for you to draw your own conclusions. It’s an ideal blend of science fiction, horror and fantasy. An easy 5 stars for me and I’d recommend it to anyone!

  28. 4 out of 5

    Leslie aka StoreyBook Reviews

    All of the stories in this book are quick reads.  They cover a variety of genres and while I haven't read every story in the book yet, the ones I read were dark and gritty (sort of like that "I need to take a shower now" feel) but the stories make you think about life and how you would react in different situations. While most of the stories are horror-type books, there is a message in each one.  Several of the stories could be expanded even more if the author chose to create a full-length book. D All of the stories in this book are quick reads.  They cover a variety of genres and while I haven't read every story in the book yet, the ones I read were dark and gritty (sort of like that "I need to take a shower now" feel) but the stories make you think about life and how you would react in different situations. While most of the stories are horror-type books, there is a message in each one.  Several of the stories could be expanded even more if the author chose to create a full-length book. Definitely worth picking up and reading!

  29. 5 out of 5

    adventurebybook

    I've been lucky enough to read a lot of Calvin Demmer's previous short stories and without a doubt he is a master of his craft. The whole anthology is an eclectic mix, so no matter what preferences of horror you have there's something for everyone. There's terror on the high seas, a robot's quest to experience emotion, and even a seemingly jovial mention of Santa Claus that turns dark. Each short burst of horror is spine-tingling and the narratives are tight and impeccably written. Calvin's tale I've been lucky enough to read a lot of Calvin Demmer's previous short stories and without a doubt he is a master of his craft. The whole anthology is an eclectic mix, so no matter what preferences of horror you have there's something for everyone. There's terror on the high seas, a robot's quest to experience emotion, and even a seemingly jovial mention of Santa Claus that turns dark. Each short burst of horror is spine-tingling and the narratives are tight and impeccably written. Calvin's talented enough to keep the suspense in the story flowing until the very end with a gratifying final line that packs a punch.

  30. 4 out of 5

    Alexandra Galván

    I read What is Love? by Calvin Demmer some days ago, but I think the author surpasses that previous work with The Sea Was a Fair Master. These 23 stories are very different from one another, something that makes you feel that they were written by different authors, and I believe that's precisely the wonder of this book. I've been told lately that writers need to find their own voice, that they need to stand out from the others, and it's true, it's how they get recognized at the end; again, while I read What is Love? by Calvin Demmer some days ago, but I think the author surpasses that previous work with The Sea Was a Fair Master. These 23 stories are very different from one another, something that makes you feel that they were written by different authors, and I believe that's precisely the wonder of this book. I've been told lately that writers need to find their own voice, that they need to stand out from the others, and it's true, it's how they get recognized at the end; again, while Demmer's stories seem to be written by different people, because of the variety of themes, I think that he clearly leaves his signature in the dark or unexpected paths his characters take and in the way he satisfactorily ends each story. This is a horror compilation and you can read how such horror teams up with suspense, darkness, and love. You can read about an android in one moment, about a proud trash collector or about kids that aren't angelic in the other. If you need a quick and exciting reading where you can feel your heart racing and your jaw clenching with excitement, then this is the book for you. I'm sure you are going to find at least a couple of tales that are going to stick with you for a long time. I could read this book thanks to the author.

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