TDS Turns Two: An Interview with Founder, Bre Stephens

October 31, 2019, The Dark Sire was born! To celebrate our birthday, the new EIC of TDS, J.L. Vampa, sat down for an interview with our founder, Bre Stephens. Bre has 13 years of experience as a writer, publisher, educator, literary judge, and editor. She has worked as Editor-in-Chief of a TDS and has taughtContinue reading “TDS Turns Two: An Interview with Founder, Bre Stephens”

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 BreContinue reading “TDS Enters a New Era”

The Creative Nook with Corey Nyhus

by Zachary Shiffman A red-skinned demon. A winged abomination with a curved blade. An insect – wide-eyed and dying – ripped from the pages of Kafka. These are images that can only come from the mind of an artist. I wanted to gain a glimpse into that mind, so I invited Corey Nyhus, an artistContinue reading “The Creative Nook with Corey Nyhus”

September New Release Books

It’s time to look ahead and see what the publishers are offering in our favorite genres. What mouth-watering, mind-expanding delights are awaiting us in the up-coming month? There are a few on this list that I, personally, can’t wait to sink my teeth into. How about you? GOTHIC September 21th The Bronzed Beasts by  RoshaniContinue reading “September New Release Books”

Camelot’s Reckoning: A Review

Rating: ⚜️⚜️⚜️⚜️ If you are fans of the Arthurian legend, you are sure to get a kick out of Caleb Kelly’s CAMELOT’S RECKONING.  It’s a new twist on the legend and the characters will keep you turning the pages.  In fact, when you get to the end, you will be shouting for more. This isContinue reading “Camelot’s Reckoning: A Review”

The Creative Nook with Dan Stout

by Zachary Shiffman Dan Stout is no stranger to THE DARK SIRE. He has served as a judge for THE DARK SIRE Awards for two years now, providing us with his invaluable perspective on submissions. So we were excited to get that same perspective into THE DARK SIRE’s Creative Nook on YouTube, where I satContinue reading “The Creative Nook with Dan Stout”

The Psychology of Psychological Realism

Psychological Realism is a narrative genre that explores the internal thought processes and motivations of its characters.  The method of narration in the story explores the characters, both protagonists and antagonists, spiritual, emotional and mental lives in order to put meaning to their behavior.  At THE DARK SIRE we hold the works of Fydor DostoevskyContinue reading “The Psychology of Psychological Realism”

The Creative Nook with Richard Chizmar

by Zachary Shiffman Odds are, you’ve heard of Richard Chizmar. The horror giant is the editor of several anthologies, the founder of horror press Cemetery Dance, and the author of multiple works, including the book The Girl on the Porch and the novella Gwendy’s Magic Feather (the sequel to Gwendy’s Button Box, which Chizmar co-authoredContinue reading “The Creative Nook with Richard Chizmar”

Mother of the King: A Review

Rating: ⚜️⚜️⚜️⚜️⚜️ Excellent prose. Amazing fantasy elements. Novelette, 27 pages. A MUST READ. For those of you who like light fantasy, especially dealing with the Arthurian legend, you will thoroughly enjoy Rami Ungar’s Mother of the King.  When originally presented to me, I thought I would be reviewing a novel.  But Mother of the KingContinue reading “Mother of the King: A Review”

July and August New Release Books

Time.  There is no getting around it.  It takes time to write a book and put it through the process that eventually gets it into the hands of readers.  And all we can do is wait.  To help pass the time, here are a few of the anticipated books in our favorite genres: GOTHIC AUGUSTContinue reading “July and August New Release Books”

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