Psychological Realism and the Art of Knowing

I have saved talking about one of THE DARK SIRE’s favorite genres, Psychological Realism, for last, partly because I consider it one of the most difficult genres in which to write.  The genre focuses on the mental processes of the characters, which includes their inner thoughts, feelings, motives and behavior.  In other words, to writeContinue reading “Psychological Realism and the Art of Knowing”

The Art of Writing Gothic

There is a real art to writing a Gothic story.  A Gothic story is far more complex than horror or fantasy, which I have commented on in earlier blogs.  It takes more creative detail to really bring this genre alive to your reader.  You are not just trying to scare your reader; you are notContinue reading “The Art of Writing Gothic”

The Creative Nook with Villimey Mist

by Zachary Shiffman Vampires prowl the night in the Nocturnal series by Villimey Mist; fearsome and glitter-free, just how Bram Stoker envisioned and how we at THE DARK SIRE enjoy them. When I read the first book of the series, Nocturnal Blood, I fell into its world of deadly sharp teeth and complex character dynamics,Continue reading “The Creative Nook with Villimey Mist”

World Building and the Art of Fantasy

All of us have our favorite fantasy novels, both High Fantasy and Low Fantasy.  Here at THE DARK SIRE, our favorite, go-to High Fantasy author is J.R.R. Tolkien for his body of work which includes The Lord of the Ring series, the Simarillion, and the Hobbit (just to name a few).  Low Fantasy would definitelyContinue reading “World Building and the Art of Fantasy”

Making Vampires Scary Again

Vampires are no longer scary.  In last week’s blog, I traced the path that has led us down this unforgivable (to a horror fanatic) chain of tales to the situation now where a vampire is merely another angst-ridden young adult feeling marginalized by the society around them.  The Cullens (Twilight Saga) are almost the kindContinue reading “Making Vampires Scary Again”

Dark Chances Contest: Winners Announced

by Bre Stephens The Dark Sire and Second Chances Lit teamed up to bring the writing community a fun-filled writing contest that held horror close to the chest. The theme was “second chances” in all its interpretations. There were many entries for this swag contest, but only three writers could win. Among my personal favorites,Continue reading “Dark Chances Contest: Winners Announced”

The Dark Sire presents The Jon Meyers Dark Humour Prize for Gothic Literature

New Philadelphia, OH— Tuesday, May 4, 2021 — The Dark Sire Literary Magazine (TDS) has been in search of ways to further uplift writers, poets, and artists. More than just a publish-and-done process, the magazine’s Editor-in-Chief, Bre Stephens, wishes to do what most magazines do not: go “beyond the page.” This motto has transformed theContinue reading “The Dark Sire presents The Jon Meyers Dark Humour Prize for Gothic Literature”

The Creative Nook with Barry Pirro

by Maureen Mancini Amaturo The Dark Sire has paired up with Barry Pirro, ghost hunter and paranormal investigator, to bring you a new series of articles, “REALITY MEETS FICTION.” Barry will be sharing his real-life paranormal stories with you every 4th Friday of the month. His first story is on Shadow People, coming this Friday,Continue reading “The Creative Nook with Barry Pirro”

Reality Meets Fiction

by Maureen Mancini Amaturo Introducing REALITY MEETS FICTION, a new addition to The Dark Forest blog. To kick off our Spring issue (launching April 30) and to honor the lore, legends, and influence of all things gothic, The Dark Sire will spotlight the continuing fascination gothic holds in the contemporary world by sharing experiences fromContinue reading “Reality Meets Fiction”

TDS Goes Beyond the Page

The Dark Sire has always believed in doing more for its creatives than just publishing them in an issue and moving on. Instead, TDS is about going beyond the page – creating opportunities that transcend into different formats, like poetry turned into a folk song or a short story turned into a podcast episode. TheContinue reading “TDS Goes Beyond the Page”

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