The Sea Was a Fair Master is a collection of stories, riding the currents of fantasy, science fiction, crime, and horror. There are tales of murder, death, loss, revenge, greed, and hate. There are also tales of hope, survival, and love.
For the sea was a fair master.


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“Connection. Disconnection. Loneliness. Love. Friendship. Murder. These are but a few of the elements of great horror, and Calvin Demmer expertly blends each one into his fiction—to a supremely devastating and unsettling effect.” — GWENDOLYN KISTE, author of And Her Smile Will Untether the Universe
“Demmer never allows you to settle, these stories keep you on the edge of your seat and the moment you decide to call it a day, you decide to read one more story. Honestly, this collection is like a drug…This is a book that comes with my highest recommendation.” — ADRIAN SHOTBOLTThe Grim Reader
“Demmer’s debut moves like a rabid dog straining against its chain. Each story hits like a flash of sharp teeth, every tale snarling with its own sudden bite. This is an engaging first collection from a versatile new talent.” — KAREN RUNGE, author of Seeing Double
“The Sea Was a Fair Master is a little book – with BIG teeth.” — TRACY ROBINSONSci-Fi & Scary
A strong debut by a masterful new voice in horror. Don’t miss it.” — PHILIP FRACASSI, author of Behold the Void
“Overall, I was overwhelmed at how powerful these short tales were, and at how much I enjoyed the entire collection. Calvin Demmer is a name I won’t be forgetting anytime soon, and I’m already hoping for more to come from him. Highly recommended.” — KIMBERLY YERINAHorror After Dark
“A collection of dark and fierce flash. Demmer’s short tales of horror and the weird will delight, disturb, and unsettle readers.” — MARIA HASKINS, author of Dark Flash
“Calvin Demmer hits on different types of horror. I dig his writing style. The setup and execution of each story is spot on. THE SEA WAS A FAIR MASTER is a quick, exhilarating read. It’s a real nail-biter. Nothing can prepare you for this book.” — CURTIS FREEMANCedar Hollow Horror Reviews
“Calvin Demmer has a lean writing style that is delicious in collections. These short stories deliver punches to the reader and then end before a recovery is possible!” — SOMER CANON, author of Killer Chronicles
“The quality of writing is exemplary, with each tale feeling unique and wonderfully complete.” — GAVIN KENDALLKendall Reviews

Artwork by Reonie Bothma. Inspired by Calvin Demmer’s story “Yara” (from The Sea Was a Fair Master).

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