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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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 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.

“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 Yerina, Horror After Dark

“The quality of writing is exemplary, with each tale feeling unique and wonderfully complete. How a story that barely covers 3 pages can have a beginning, middle and satisfying end whilst featuring characters you are genuinely interested in testament to the skill of the author. There are no stories weaker than the other, ask me today what my favourite story was I’d say it was ‘Graves’, (heart breaking), yesterday ‘Restroom Finds’ (brutal with a wonderful twist), tomorrow? It really is that strong a collection.” — Gavin Kendall, Kendall Reviews

“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 Shotbolt, The Grim Reader

“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 Freeman, Cedar Hollow Horror Reviews

“The Sea Was a Fair Master is a little book – with BIG teeth. Filled with stories that range from light sci-fi to surprising, delicious horror, I am certain that a large population of readers can and will find something (or everything) to love in this book. The language and pacing vary as needed from tale to tale, but at the core, it remains fresh and engaging writing.” — Tracy Robinson, Sci-Fi & Scary

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