The Sea Was a Fair Master by Calvin Demmer

The Sea Was a Fair Master

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 ...

Details The Sea Was a Fair Master

TitleThe Sea Was a Fair Master
Release DateJun 5th, 2018
GenreHorror, Short Stories, Fiction, Fantasy, Science Fiction

Reviews The Sea Was a Fair Master

  • megs_bookrack
    The Sea Was a Fair Master was so freaking fun to read! I have never read a flash fiction collection before and I wonder, are they all like this? Are they all so good? I am guessing probably not. Calvin Demmer is a master at this style! There are 23-stories within these 83-pages and each and every one of them left me with chills. Mostly horror stories, with a sprinkling of scifi and crime fiction, there is something here for everyone. Whether your...
  • 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 al...
  • Sadie Hartmann Mother Horror
    I'm not a stranger to flash fiction. I've written a fair amount of it myself just for fun. In fact, if you ever want to try your hand at it, Chuck Wendig hosts some great, themed Flash Fiction prompts and contests on his blog'll also tell you, I don't think I'm any good at writing Flash Fiction; it's extremely difficult! Often times, with just a few pages at your disposable, the story seems a little "raw in ...
  • 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, somet...
  • 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,...
  • Krystal
    Not gonna lie, this was actually a lot better than I was expecting!What can I say? I'm a skeptic when it comes to e-published authors. (Note: I just assume this hasn't been published in physical format. Sorry for my ignorance if it has!) So many people seem to write a complete story then just go about self-publishing the ebook ASAP, which means they skip editing, beta reading, etc. - all the refining processes that turn a raw story into a compell...
  • The Grim Reader (
    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 fictio...
  • 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!
  • 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 fictio...
  • 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 t...
  • 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...
  • Emily
    The Sea Was a Fair Master was a fun collection! This was my first time reading a series of flash fiction, and I enjoyed it very much. I think it's a really great way to get a taste of what someone's writing is like. If you need a book to carry on the go, this is a perfect one to pick up. Most of the stories can be read in just a few minutes. It was really hard not to blow through this book in one setting since I was enjoying it, but I made it las...
  • 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 te...
  • 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 someon...
  • Brian Steele
    Demmer has created a stunning collection of dark flash fiction, its horrors touching on sci-fi, noir, humor, and fantasy. Each tale is a glimpse into his fertile and macabre imagination, literary slivers that will keep you riveted. I highly recommend for fans of Richard Thomas or Harlan Ellison.
  • 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. I read a couple of stories here and there. I loved reading it like that!!! Every one is different, another person might choose to read it all in one go! But I...
  • 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...
  • Audra (ouija.doodle.reads)
    Short fiction isn’t as easy as it sounds. Sure, any old monkey can bang out a couple thousand words and call it a story, but to make characters breathe, worlds come alive, and themes resonate is no short order. And flash fiction: to create a well-rounded story— beginning, middle, and end—in so few words is even more impressive. This slim volume of horror tales does all that, and at the end of each story, you’ll feel your heart pumping, ge...
  • Jennifer ☼
    The Sea Was a Fair Master was such a fun read. I want more!The Sea Was a Fair Master is a collection of 23 flash fiction stories. I have been toting these stories around for a few weeks now reading them when I had just enough time for bite size chunks. I'm going to have withdrawals now that I have finished the last story.I always feel like the shorter the story is, the harder it must have been to write. I'm really impressed that Calvin Demmer was...
  • Turnthedamnpage
    My goodness. I devoured this book of short stories in no time at all. I couldn't read fast enough and when I was done, I wanted more! My favorite haunt was "Restroom Finds." I would read that as a full novel! Really, all of them would catch my eye as novels but there's something very special about them being short stories and they were appreciated as they are. So interesting, the way they're written in completion with such few words.As we know, I...
  • Tracy Robinson
    Full review now available here:, that was a great read. I'll have a complete review up soon - for now here are my faves from this collection: Restroom FindsUnderneath Revenge of the MythThe Sea Was a Fair Master The Guests Hangman gets a special mention for tackling an "extreme English" class. Made my English teacher heart happy. I want to read more from Denmer as soon as possible.
  • 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?
  • 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 t...
  • 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 want...
  • William Bitner Jr.
    Genre - Horror/Short StoryPages - 83Publication Info - June 5, 2018Format - KindleStars - ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐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 v...
  • 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...
  • Kimberly
    In his debut collection, Calvin Demmer presents us with twenty-three unique short stories that are a pleasure to read. If you are a fan of dark short stories, read The Sea Was a Fair Master. The stories were fairly short and easy to read, but had just the right amount of detail to give the reader a clear (and creepy) image of something unique.The stories within the collection cover a wide array of topics or themes, so it’s possible there is som...
  • Christa
    It is safe to say that I have never read a complete collection of flash fiction pieces. In this case, the concept is as novel as the author himself, and I’ve been accustomed to Calvin Demmer’s uniqueness for a while now, since sharing the pages of a WolfSinger Publications’ anthology, Just Desserts, in 2016. In her introduction to The Sea Was a Fair Master, Gwendolyn Kiste reported that Calvin’s prose reminded her time and time again of R...
  • 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 ...
  • 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 "Wic...