Today on The Tattooed Book Geek I’m pleased to be bringing to you all an excerpt from the recently released (it was out on June 5th) short story collection The Sea Was a Fair master by Calvin Demmer.
The Sea Was a Fair Master.
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.
Excerpt from The Sea Was a Fair Master.
“Restroom Finds” Excerpt
(From The Sea Was a Fair Master collection)
By Calvin Demmer
New stops were difficult. Sure, a few towns had come back under police law with military assistance. There were still many ruled by civilians who’d overthrown their local authorities though. It was here where things became desperate. As punishment, the government stopped sending supplies to these towns, driving people to desperate action to survive.
Approaching one of the first towns to revolt, a gas station appeared up ahead.
I decided to stop and scavenge for supplies.
After searching the gas station’s store and a red rig parked outside, both looted, I checked out the restroom, as they sometimes held a treasure or two. I once found a carton of cigarettes, a pistol, and a leather jacket in a trashcan. I’d also found things I didn’t wish to remember.
Today would be another shithole of disappointment.
Dark-crimson liquid coated the walls like an alien birthing gone bad. Someone had scrawled the blood tastes sweet on one of the toilet stall doors. I couldn’t resist gagging as I inhaled the pungent aroma. The smell caused my eyes to water and my nostrils to singe. I braced through a wave of dizziness. This was still not the worst restroom I’d come across.
There were three toilet stalls. One was open, leaving two to inspect.
I aimed the pistol…
The Sea Was a Fair Master.
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About the author.
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 www.calvindemmer.com or follow him on Twitter @CalvinDemmer.
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