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.

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“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
“Calvin Demmer has a great imagination. When you set off, you never know where the tale will take you.” – S.J. BUDD, author of Crowded House and Other Stories
“The stories hum and crack with energy and you know full well something is going to happen. The opening story ‘Hungry Ghosts’ is a prime example of how the story will start in one direction before quickly taking a new route without even turning on a signal light. ‘Happy Dark Year’ gave us another reason to fear the water and ‘Thanks Sinning’ made sure that we were rightly distracted from what the real danger was. Demmer is a must-read for me and this collection once again delivers the goods.” – STEVE STRED, Kendall Reviews
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