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, Fantasy, Science Fiction, Fiction, Anthologies

Reviews The Sea Was a Fair Master

  • 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...
  • 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,...
  • 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...
  • 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...
  • 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...
  • 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...
  • 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...
  • 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!
  • 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...
  • 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...
  • 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?
  • 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...
  • 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...
  • 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...
  • 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...
  • 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...
  • 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 a...
  • 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...
  • David
    3.5 stars for this collection of flash fiction. I really enjoyed a lot of the shorts. My review can be read here --->
  • Anie
    Received from AuthorIt 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,, 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 j...
  • 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 wi...
  • 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 wrot...
  • 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 catapulti...
  • 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 ...
  • 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 mor...