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When college student Maiko Hayashi goes to pick her uncle up for Christmas Eve dinner, she isn’t expecting a silent house with no lights on, and she definitely isn’t expecting the terrifying scenario she's about to walk into.
Kindle Edition, 16 pages
Published December 22nd 2016 by Amazon Digital Services LLC
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Dianne
Her uncle’s normally bright and welcoming house was dark, silent and her uncle was nowhere to be found. Maiko soon discovered the reason even as her uncle begged her to run, fast and far from behind a closed door. A collector of ancient artifacts for both the stories they can tell and the beauty of the past, this time out, three of his artifacts came to life, deadly, feral and terrifying. For Maiko it is fight or die and with the honor and safety of her Oriental heritage on the line, she can do ...more
S.J. Budd
Jan 03, 2017 rated it it was amazing
In this latest instalment of Calvin Demmer's Dark Celebrations series, a young woman, Maiko Hayashi is left puzzled by the sudden disappearance of her beloved uncle, a highly respected professor who's dedicated his life to collecting strange and wonderful artefacts.

Despite it being Christmas Eve she is feeling alone and rather lost. She feels like she has no place in the world. Despite going off to college she is lonely finding it hard to make even friends, finding a boyfriend seems
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The Grim Reader
Jan 20, 2017 rated it liked it
'Three Dead Men’ didn’t quite have the same punch as ‘Happy Dark Year’. Once again the cover art is very cool and perfectly reflects what the story is about. The story follows Maiko, as she goes to her uncle’s house one night to collect him for dinner. Her uncle is a collector of antiques and other historical items. Some of these items house an ancient evil that is unleashed, putting Maiko into a fight for survival!

There is nothing wrong with ‘Three Dead Men’ at all, it just didn’t b
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Sheilah
Jan 30, 2017 rated it liked it
Recently, another set of short stories by Demmer graced my desk. What I find most interesting about Demmer is the variation in his little stories. Each time I receive a new one, I find they become more original and intriguing than the last.

Three Dead Men ventures back to a Japanese world, a place Demmer has an inclination to revisit. But aside from the people being Japanese, the threat itself is non-Japanese. Instead, Egyptian seems to be on the menu. This was less enjoyable for me,
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Sunshine Somerville
Feb 05, 2017 rated it really liked it
Good mix of cultures and monsters. I've learned by now that this author takes these quick stories in directions I wouldn't expect, and the ending to this one was different from his usual.
Fifi
Feb 01, 2017 rated it it was ok
2 stars not because it was badly written, but because it was entirely not what I was expecting. I thought that this was horror? This wasn't even remotely horror. It read more like a middle grade action adventure short story. This wasn't a bad story but it was not marketed correctly; this is definitely not what I was expecting.
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Calvin Demmer is the author of The Sea Was a Fair Master and The Town That Feared Dusk. When not writing, he is intrigued by that which goes bump in the night and the sciences of our universe.
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