The Sea Was a Fair Master – Calvin Demmer
Title: The Sea Was a Fair Master
Author: Calvin Demmer
Genre: Horror/Flash Fiction
I have never read flash fiction before, let alone horror flash fiction.
I was a bit worried to say the least. I have in the past suggested I needed more from Demmer’s short stories. So, I cautiously began reading this on my lunch breaks at work. And you know what? I really liked it. They were short, to the point, and developed enough that I was satisfied.
Some of my favorites: The Peeper, Evolution, Spanish and Hangman.
I like it when Demmer delves into the criminal justice field, so far I have enjoyed the 2 stories I have read from him where the characters are involved with keeping order. The Peeper dims the heroism of those who are meant to shine the light.
Evolution reminded me why I don’t like dark alleys or being alone in parking lots. It was a salty warning to be on guard. And that trust needs to be earned.
Spanish was an interesting twist to what might go swish, swish in the depths of the rivers and the secrets dark places can hide.
Hangman was kind of my favorite because it dealt with EXTREME ENGLISH. Death by poor word choices and limited vocabulary.
If you like dark stories and need a quick word bite then this might fit your needs.
On a side note, I dig the cover. It reminds me of something I’ve seen before, but can’t quite remember.
Synopsis: 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.
*I received a free copy in exchange for an honest review