TDS Enters a New Era

With TDS’ second birthday just around the corner (Halloween), a new era of all-things THE DARK SIRE has come. With the new look and feel comes a new Editor-in-Chief. But let’s start from the beginning…

If you’re new to TDS, we are a quarterly speculative journal for the unconventional reader, founded in 2019 by Bre Stephens to appeal to those who love the darker-toned fiction, poetry, art, and screenplays. TDS’s founding fathers are the ever-talented and influential Edgar Allan Poe (Gothic), Mary Shelley (Horror), J. R. R. Tolkien (Fantasy), and Fyodor Dostoevsky (Psychological Realism).

Major Changes

First, TDS has updated its branding. The covers, as you might have noticed in the feature image of this post, have completely changed. One of the most notable differences is the name: TDS will no longer be a literary magazine, but a literary journal. This slight difference in verbiage going forward really encompasses the overall feel of TDS and the professionalism we offer to both our readers and writers. That’s because a journal lasts longer than a magazine, seen as a valued piece of writing for years to come. Since we value our creatives, seeing them as family members – and are always thinking of how better to uplift them, being a journal just suits us better. That said, TDS will continue to publish the same great content you’re accustomed to.

Second, we have a great new logo. Simple yet dynamic, the powerful image encompasses TDS’ gothic roots, while also holding onto the traditional black and red coloring.

To go along with the new logo, TDS has a new title design. Though not red, it highlights the gothic and harkens back to Edgar Allan Poe, himself. It’s perfect to usher in this new TDS Era!

The third major change is none other than the introduction of a brand-new Editor-in-Chief, Jane Lenore (J.L.) Vampa.

J.L. Vampa

J.L. Vampa is a published author of Dark Fantasy and Victorian Gothic fiction. She has a background in journalism and in editing, both short and long fiction. J.L. also owns a macabre-style bookish shop and lives in Texas with her musician husband and their two littles who are as peculiar as their parents. 

As the new EIC, J.L.’s main focus is two-fold: To preserve the pillars that have established the TDS brand and to uplift even more creatives for a stronger community.

“I want TDS to be a place where the often-overlooked can
sit at the table and have their craft appreciated, published,
and read by readers who truly thirst for the unconventional.
In addition, I’ll strive to continue to build a strong community
for our authors, poets, and artists, as well as our readers.”

Saying that TDS is changing is an understatement. A better way of putting it is that we’re rebranding, reinventing, and revitalizing ourselves. And you are NOT going to want to miss any part of our new look and feel reveal. More information, updates, and content will be released throughout October, our birthday month.

Look out – The New Era of TDS is now!

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