The Sea Was a Fair Master by Calvin Demmer
Published June 5th 2018
Genres: Short Stories, Horror, Flash Fiction
* Received this copy from the Author in exchange for an honest review. Thank you very much! This doesn’t affect the review in any way. My opinions are, as always, my own.*
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.
This was my first take at flash fiction ever, and so I didn’t really know what to expect… But since I’ve been trying to get into horror, I was super excited to try it out!
This is a collection of 23 short stories with quite some variety. Quoting the 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.”. So, although flash fiction, might not be for everyone due to its fastness; the stories being so different and striking makes it, in my opinion, possible for everyone to find something they will enjoy.
My personal favorites were Underneath, Sea ate Nine and Noisy Neighbours. But there were so many others I really enjoyed, for example Yara and Voodoo Child… The thing is, each story is incredibly striking in its own way and with just the perfect amount of creepiness. It just leaves you kind of open-mouthed for how fast and gripping they are and I was completely hooked. As you might imagine, you more often than not, don’t have the time to connect with the characters like in a normal book or a longer short story… But in some, I actually managed to care about some characters, which was weird because I got just about a glimpse of their lifes.
These stories are totally addicting! They are super interesting and they are told in those weird clever ways and it totally creeped me out. They were striking, sometimes funny and sometimes (or more often than not) completely weird, which is perfect for me!
This collection is quite special for it touches fantasy, sci-fi, crime, and obviously horror, and I’ve never read anything like this. The only thing the stories have in common is that they all have a certain creepiness to it. That said, I believe anyone can find something they like in this book. Especially if you like overall creepy themes, I would definitely recommend it!
Have you read this book? What did you think of it? Let’s discuss it in the comments below!