The Sea Was a Fair Master
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I have never read a flash fiction collection before and I wonder, are they all like this? Are they all so good? I am guessing probably not. Calvin Demmer is a master at this style! There are 23-stories within these 83-pages and each and every one of them left me with chills.
Mostly horror stories, with a sprinkling of scifi and crime fiction, there is something here for everyone. Whether your biggest fear is clowns (MINE), carnivals, the psy ...more
I have always thought that flash fiction consisted of stories that were only a few sentences long. For example: "The last man in the world heard a knock at the door." That type of thing. I was wrong. Apparently flash fiction can be super short stories-say a page or two. Four to five. Six to seven. Now that I know the correct definition of flash fiction, I'll say this: I love it!
I read a ton of single author story collections an ...more
I'll also tell you, I don't think I'm any good at writing Flash Fiction; it's extremely difficult! Often times, with just a few pages at your disposal , the story seems a little "raw in the middle". Undercooked.
This is not the case with ...more
I was also impressed with the mix of genres within these 83 pages. Fantasy, crime, horror, and science fiction, with themes that ran the gamut from love and loss to greed and pure hate.
In a collection of 23 short stories, Calvin Demmer’s talent shines. I’m grateful I had the opportunity to try something different. The stories are dark in nature, but wel ...more
On these dark blue waves, it is the sea who is judge, jury, and executioner.
I'd heard so much praise within the horror blogging circles I run over this collection that, when I was offered the chance to review The Sea Was a Fair Master, it was a no-brainer—I immediately said yes! I've always been very fond of flash fiction (if you're not familiar, it's just really short stories!), but it's difficult to write, and even more difficult to write well. Thankfully, Calvin does an amazing job a ...more
Several of the twenty-three tales told could easily be expanded into longer, and probably more gruesome tales, but most importantly, each one is complete or lea ...more
What can I say? I'm a skeptic when it comes to e-published authors. (Note: I just assume this hasn't been published in physical format. Sorry for my ignorance if it has!) So many people seem to write a complete story then just go about self-publishing the ebook ASAP, which means they skip editing, beta reading, etc. - all the refining processes that turn a raw story into a compelling novel. I still enjoy reading 'amateur' work, b ...more
THE SEA WAS A FAIR MASTER, is the first book I have read from author Calvin Demmer. There are 23 flash fiction stories in this collection, and--with only a couple of exceptions--I had assigned individual ratings of mostly five and four stars to each story. In a collection of any size, this is something I rarely do. You almost always have those stories that just don't resonate with you, for whatever reason. In this book, however, I was able to really appreciate the writing and direction ...more
Flash fiction is something that either works for you or it doesn’t. Unlike a recent drabble anthology I read and reviewed here, these stories carry more weight and have much more depth thanks to their length. When flash fiction is done poorly we often only get a glimpse at a wide ...more
This book is a collection of short stories. They all seem to be pretty horror based. They are super short. Some only being a page or two but some being a good 5 or more.
I didn't hate any of them, but this was my first introduction to short stories like this. While they were entertaining, I didn't find any of...more
Flash fiction is fairly new to me. I don't read a lot of stories in magazines, and I'm beginning to think that I need to change that. I'm thrilled that Demmer and Unnerving Magazine released this book of his flash fiction in a single volume. There isn't a dud in the entire bunch, and I really enjoyed this short and immensely entertaining collection. I read this one straight through, but I kept thinking how nice it would be t ...more
Flash fiction is not a rushed short story, nor is it simply an excerpt from a longer one. Flash is its own form. Like any story, it has a beginning, middle, and end. It has characters, plot development, nuance, and twists. Flash fiction is an economy of words, stories that start fast ...more
My favorite stories in this book ...more
Review on my blog here: https://letsgetgalactic.com/2018/11/0...
I absolutely LOVE short stories, and especially flash fiction. As a kid, I used to select books based on how many pages they were - the more, the better. As an adult, I've found that I have so m ...more
I’m very picky about horror, but this type of stories really appealed to me. There is some gore, but not excessively. I would say that it focuses on the human condition and how terrifying that can be.
Some of the stories I chuckled at (this review is written by someone with a dark sense of humour) and others required ...more
I snagged this some time ago, and it became my 'I'll read this next' book about twenty times. Why? God if I know.
Now, what you'll find in this collection is tale after tale of minimal words with maximum impact. It's ridiculous. Demmer makes you fill in the blanks in the best way possible and good grief does he do a good job of ensuring your mind terrifies you. I wish I could suggest a few stand out tales, but I can't. I think there was ...more
I also love that these stories aren’t straight horror aimed for gore and terror only. They feel more akin to the works of Poe – there’s a ...more
Man, that was a great read. I'll have a complete review up soon - for now here are my faves from this collection:
Revenge of the Myth
The Sea Was a Fair Master
Hangman gets a special mention for tackling an "extreme English" class. Made my English teacher heart happy.
I want to read more from Denmer as soon as possible. ...more
Flash Fiction (flash fic·tion), noun.: fiction that is extremely
When it comes to flash fiction, you have only a matter of seconds to grasp the reader, set up characters, & deliver a plot. Y'all, sometimes people can't even do that in a full-length novel, yet here's Calv ...more
The Sea Was a Fair Master is a collection of 23 flash fiction stories. I have been toting these stories around for a few weeks now reading them when I had just enough time for bite size chunks. I'm going to have withdrawals now that I have finished the last story.
I always feel like the shorter the story is, the harder it must have been to write. I'm really impressed that Calvin Demmer was able to intrigue me and entertain me with such sh ...more
There’s a skill to writing stories this short. Creating a beginning, middle, and end in such a limited number of words is very difficult. But Calvin Demmer has managed to do this 23 times here, which is some doing.
The stories on offer here are su ...more