Happy Dark Year

Happy Dark Year

Cody Wheeler wants to enjoy New Year’s Eve. He wants to catch up with friends he hasn’t seen since going off to college. But his girlfriend, Kendall, is back to throwing fits and nagging him, ruining his break at home. He decides she needs to be taught a lesson. Nothing serious, just a little reminder that she should act her age. Cody, however, gets carried away and doesn’...

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Title:Happy Dark Year
Author:Calvin Demmer
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Edition Language:English
Format Type:Kindle Edition
Number of Pages:15 pages

Happy Dark Year Reviews

  • Sarah
    Dec 28, 2016

    Cody Wheeler has had one stressful year and wants nothing more than to relax, forget about his problems, meet up with his buddies for a beer or two. He can't wait to wave out the old year and welcome in the new.

    However all his problems seem to be following him, such as his long term girlfriend Kendall Simpson, things haven't been right lately, he just can't put his finger on where it's all going wrong. He tries his best to be the perfect boyfriend but everything he does winds her up. He's beginn

    Cody Wheeler has had one stressful year and wants nothing more than to relax, forget about his problems, meet up with his buddies for a beer or two. He can't wait to wave out the old year and welcome in the new.

    However all his problems seem to be following him, such as his long term girlfriend Kendall Simpson, things haven't been right lately, he just can't put his finger on where it's all going wrong. He tries his best to be the perfect boyfriend but everything he does winds her up. He's beginning to question whether she's worth all the effort and against his better judgement after one argument too many he decides to leave her at the roadside and go to the party alone...

    This tale by Calvin Demmer is a great dark story guaranteed to counter-act the sweetness of the festive season for all you horror fans out there. In this, Calvin Demmer takes something very old and makes it new for the 21st century.

    If you love this tale and eager for more, this is the sixth short story to be released by him and the great news is that they're all available on Amazon for mere pennies! Brilliant for when your wallet needs a break after Christmas. He's previously published Hungry Ghosts, Labor Day Hunt, Thanks Sinning, Trick or Death and Three Dead Men.

  • Dianne
    Dec 31, 2016

    What are your plans for New Year’s Eve? Cody was planning on chilling out, getting together with friends he hasn’t seen in a while, destressing. It seems his girlfriend isn’t sharing his same enthusiasm and is making some “silly” demands in that whining, ticked off girlfriend way. In a burst of a clearly brainless action, he is determined to teach her a lesson and just so you know, that single action, combined with another at the party will come back to haunt him in a Tsunami of Karma.

    Ahhh, gott

    What are your plans for New Year’s Eve? Cody was planning on chilling out, getting together with friends he hasn’t seen in a while, destressing. It seems his girlfriend isn’t sharing his same enthusiasm and is making some “silly” demands in that whining, ticked off girlfriend way. In a burst of a clearly brainless action, he is determined to teach her a lesson and just so you know, that single action, combined with another at the party will come back to haunt him in a Tsunami of Karma.

    Ahhh, gotta love Calvin Demmer and his twisted little tales of darkness. This time out, he twists New Year’s into a tale called

    as one young man learns the error of his ways when it comes to having a girlfriend with needs. As always, Mr. Demmer can pack a punch of quirky entertainment into just a few pages, but the lesson is clear and somebody is NOT going to have a happy new year!

    I received an ARC edition from Calvin Demmer in exchange for my honest review.

    Publication Date: January 1, 2017

    Publisher: Calvin Demmer

    Genre: Paranormal

    Print Length: 15 pages

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  • Angel Berry
    Jan 01, 2017

    After abandoning his girlfriend, Cody decides to indulge a selfish desire and in the process gets his comeuppance. Nice cover.

    I received this story from the author in exhange for an honest review.

  • thebookiemonsters
    Jan 07, 2017

    This is my favourite of the six stories that I have read so far and I think it supports the notion that Calvin's stories are constantly improving with twists and turns that are, with each story, proving more and more difficult to guess.

    Happy Dark Year had just the right amount of everything. There was humour, horror, and tension, a mixture of character archetypes, an intriguing setting and another clever title marking the celebration as the backdrop. From the first punchy sentence of this story

    This is my favourite of the six stories that I have read so far and I think it supports the notion that Calvin's stories are constantly improving with twists and turns that are, with each story, proving more and more difficult to guess.

    Happy Dark Year had just the right amount of everything. There was humour, horror, and tension, a mixture of character archetypes, an intriguing setting and another clever title marking the celebration as the backdrop. From the first punchy sentence of this story we're thrown into the psyche of Cody's character and his motivations for his choices that ultimately lead to his demise.

  • The Grim Reader (Beavisthebookhead.com)
    Jan 13, 2017

    It says a lot about a writers work and the pride they have in it when they are prepared to get some kick-ass cover art for their book, even when it is only a short story. At around thirty minutes reading time each, ‘Three Dead Men’ and ‘Happy Dark Year’ are two quick slices of horror.

    With ‘Happy Dark Year’ a young couple are on their way to a New Year’s party but constant bickering between the two leads to Cody dumping his girlfriend Kendall at a motel whilst he heads to the party to meet up wit

    It says a lot about a writers work and the pride they have in it when they are prepared to get some kick-ass cover art for their book, even when it is only a short story. At around thirty minutes reading time each, ‘Three Dead Men’ and ‘Happy Dark Year’ are two quick slices of horror.

    With ‘Happy Dark Year’ a young couple are on their way to a New Year’s party but constant bickering between the two leads to Cody dumping his girlfriend Kendall at a motel whilst he heads to the party to meet up with friends himself. Cody catches the eye of another girl at the party and soon things take an unexpected turn when they visit the lake for a spot of hanky-panky!!

    I really enjoyed this one. It’s certainly a story that doesn’t end up where you think it will and for that I tip my hat to Calvin Demmer for a very cool ending. I felt it was a little harsh to dump Kendall at the motel but I suppose Cody gets what he deserves as a result of this. ‘Happy Dark Year’ is a quick read but very satisfying. I dig it.

  • Sheilah
    Jan 30, 2017

    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.

    Happy Dark Year was my favorite of this set. Demmer enjoys creating unfavorable male characters and watching them burn. I have to say I enjoy when these characters get what I feel is coming to them. A surprising twist to this tail. A fantastical, dark story th

    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.

    Happy Dark Year was my favorite of this set. Demmer enjoys creating unfavorable male characters and watching them burn. I have to say I enjoy when these characters get what I feel is coming to them. A surprising twist to this tail. A fantastical, dark story that shows the power of a woman scorned. Definitely, worth the read. A creepy story to send you off to bed.

  • Sunshine Somerville
    Feb 05, 2017

    Ha - I feel like this is a cautionary tale for college guys about how to treat women. But I liked how you start inside this guy's head and see very quickly what type of guy he really is. From reading this author's other work, I figured there'd be some monster/paranormal entity that would catch up with him, but I REALLY liked the surprise here. It felt like part of a bigger story, but this was a great little glimpse.

  • Theresa Braun
    Feb 20, 2017

    This is another easily digestible story of Demmer's that reads quickly. One of the things this author does really well is he plants details along the way that are important to the grand finale. You don’t necessarily realize it at the time you are reading, but if you look back there are some very interesting tidbits. Sometimes those details are weird and you’re scratching your head, but they’re there for a reason. It’s refreshing that Demmer trusts the reader enough to get those clues and to give

    This is another easily digestible story of Demmer's that reads quickly. One of the things this author does really well is he plants details along the way that are important to the grand finale. You don’t necessarily realize it at the time you are reading, but if you look back there are some very interesting tidbits. Sometimes those details are weird and you’re scratching your head, but they’re there for a reason. It’s refreshing that Demmer trusts the reader enough to get those clues and to give him a chance to unfold the plot, which involves two romantically involved college students home on vacation.

    The couple seems mismatched as they bicker, prompting Cody to act like a jerk and go off to a holiday costume party without his girlfriend, Kendall. As he sets his sights on another girl, we don’t mind that he’s about to pay a serious price for his betrayal. Demmer seems to like putting the power in the hands of a supernatural female character, which often comes to a grisly conclusion.

    I feel like this story could have been expanded a bit. I would have liked to know more about the family dynamic. Demmer introduces a set of parents, but doesn’t really delve into their role in the lives of Kendall and her sister. And, I don’t want to give anything away, but I would have liked to have seen some more description at the end--which was unexpected. The end is one of the reasons I recommend this tale for horror fans.