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 short stories. And the holidays will never be the same.


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“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 offers up a tasty but bloody chocolate box of horrific tales that revolve around holidays.” – TAMMY SPARKSBooks, Bones, & Buffy
“Calvin Demmer’s Dark Celebrations presents a cornucopia of creaturely delights. Each story is a complete gem in itself, as the author has taken familiar themes and given them a unique twist.” – CATHERINE CAVENDISH, author of The Haunting of Henderson Close
“I just love holiday horror and short stories. As Calvin has combined the two here, I knew I was going to be in for a treat. This collection absolutely rules! This is a must read for fans of holiday horror.” – ERICA ROBYNErica Robyn Reads
“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.” – CHRISTA CARMEN, author of Something Borrowed, Something Blood-Soaked
“Whether your chosen flavor of horror is zombies, werewolves, mummies, or even mermaids, Demmer has a story here for you. Each has a wonderfully eerie spell to be cast as Demmer gleefully runs amok on your favorite holidays.” – VALERIECats Luv Coffee
“Calvin Demmer weaves a collection of deliciously wicked short stories centered around everyone’s favorite times of year. Witches, vampires, werewolves, ghosts and mummies are just some of the many monsters gracing the pages of this engaging and frightful collection. There is truly something for every horror fan.” – NICO BELL, author of Food Fright
“No matter what your favorite creature feature, you will find something to sink your teeth into. Demmer’s writing is hella dark and quirky. The way he can set a tone and pack a punch within such a short number of pages just astounds me.” – MEAGAN MALLOYMegsbookrack
“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
“Every story is a freight train from start to finish, without a single wasted word.” – BARBARAThe Bibliophage

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