Each year, people all over the world celebrate special festivals and days, shining light on what they wish to remember and revere. But sometimes, inhabitants of the dark arrive with the desire to disturb proceedings. Dark Celebrations is a collection of twelve short stories. And the holidays will never be the same.

“Calvin Demmer’s Dark Celebrations presents a cornucopia of creaturely delights. Within these twelve short stories, ghosts, vampires, werewolves, zombies, mermaids, a mummy, and all manner of scary beasts inflict their particular and individual forms of horror on their victims. Each story is a complete gem in itself, as the author has taken familiar themes and given them a unique twist. The final, apocalyptic, tale unites the entire collection and delivers an unexpected and rewarding finale. Calvin Demmer is an author to savor.” – Catherine Cavendish, author of The Haunting of Henderson Close
“Calvin Demmer’s latest is true to its name: a dark celebration of the classic horror monsters that have stalked the annals of the genre for the past two hundred years; Demmer leaves an indelible mark on those histories with each tale in this collection, and his words will lull you into submission so that you don’t see the explosive (and interconnected!) ending coming.” – Christa Carmen, author of Something Borrowed, Something Blood-Soaked
“Dark Celebrations by Calvin Demmer, the follow up collection to his debut The Sea Was a Fair Master, is stunning in its conception. An examination of traditional horror tropes linked thematically by holidays, the tales are ultimately about humanity. All those assembled monsters within allow Demmer’s well-crafted handling of love and grief, duty and pride to have teeth that much sharper. Dark Celebrations is a collection about us – how we view the monsters we’re familiar with, and the monsters we’ve casually become.” – Brian Fatah Steele, author of Bleed Away The Sky
“Calvin Demmer tromps through our holidays and traditions with a gleeful smile, and a knife behind his back. Kinetic and fun, Dark Celebrations is certainly something to celebrate.” – Sean M. Thompson, author of TH3 D3MON

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