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”

Spirit Photography: Hoax or Reality?

Spirit Photography, or the capturing of a spirit on film, first became known in the 1850’s and 60’s with the rise of photography in general. As more individuals gained access to cameras, as well as the means to sit for photographers, the greater chance there was to witness spirits of the dead or supernatural beingsContinue reading “Spirit Photography: Hoax or Reality?”

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”

Reality Meets Fiction: Psychomanteum and Seeing the Dead in Mirrors

by Barry Pirro A woman walks into a dark room and sits in a comfortable chair. All around her, the walls are obscured by a black curtain, and in front of her is a mirror set at an angle so she only sees darkness reflected in its surface. The only light comes from a singleContinue reading “Reality Meets Fiction: Psychomanteum and Seeing the Dead in Mirrors”

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”

Celebrating TDS Issue 8: DARK SUMMER

Let’s celebrate the July 31st release of Issue 8! To celebrate the release of Issue 8, we’re hosting a TDS Authors Event! The events is this Saturday, July 31st, from 11am – 1pm at The Bibliophile Bookstore in Dover, Ohio. Issue 8 authors will read their work from Issue 8, discuss their writing processes, andContinue reading “Celebrating TDS Issue 8: DARK SUMMER”

Reality Meets Fiction: The New England Vampire Panic

by Barry Pirro A century after the 1693 Salem witch trials, citizens of Rhode Island began hearing whispers and rumors of something that frightened them even more than witchcraft. They began to suspect that there were blood sucking vampires in their midst. Even more disturbing, they thought that the vampires were members of their ownContinue reading “Reality Meets Fiction: The New England Vampire Panic”

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