The Sea Was a Fair Master, C. Demmer


Title: The Sea Was a Fair Master
Author(s): Calvin Demmer
No. of pages: 120
Genre: Horror, Flash Fiction, Short Stories
Publication date: June 5th 2018
Date read: June 1st 2018

Waardering: 4.5 uit 5.


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.

About Calvin Demmer

Calvin Demmer is a dark fiction author. His debut collection, The Sea Was a Fair Master, was released in June 2018. When not writing, he is intrigued by that which goes bump in the night and the sciences of our universe. You can find him online at or follow him on Twitter @CalvinDemmer.


I have found a new favourite genre: flash fiction. For an impatient person, like me, it’s perfect! Each story in The Sea Was a Fair Master is only a couple of pages long, but contains everything you need in a story: suspense, well built characters and a nice plot twist. And talking about the plot twists, I just have to mention that most of the stories contains a twist that takes place in only two or three words. It just comes out of the blue and leaves you flabbergasted! Sometimes I had to read these words for a second time, just to make sure I read it right. Amazing.

This was a book that I wanted to treasure, but also read as quickly as possible. It was just that good! Where most short story collections, that I have read so far, consist of stories that follow a same structure, The Sea Was a Fair Master consists of stories that are all unique and surprising in their own way. While reading some of them I caught myself thinking “How did Demmer come up with this? This is awesome!”.

Now this review may seem super enthusiastic, but that’s just because I am. If you love horror, sci-fi and thrillers, you’ll love The Sea Was a Fair Master!

* An e-copy of this book was kindly sent to me in exchange for an honest review *

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