Artists deserve more promotion than just being published in a magazine. After all, poems are being made into a song and short fiction is being made into an audio recording. So what then will be done with the artwork in The Dark Sire?
Simply put: The artwork will be exhibited at TDS events for attendees to view. Artists will send prints for event use and the editor will display them for all to see.
Exhibitions may start in late 2020 with Issue 4's author event.
As the editor of The Dark Sire, Bre Stephens is always pushing beyond the page to promote TDS creatives. This means that she continously talks to people about TDS and works hard to build a platform that authors and artists can be proud of. Recently, she talked with two Twitterzens who just finished reading a TDS issue. Although they did not give her a full review of the magazine, they did share their opinions and even stated a few favorites.
First, there was Motoki, a writer and editor who read issue 1 because she wanted to start at the very beginning. Motoki loved TDS and the layout of its website. This is great news! The TDS website had recently changed from author-based to reader-focused, so getting feedback on website layout means that readers are enjoying the TDS online experience - a must if the platform being built is to be a success. Then Motoki listed her favorites from the issue. "They were all good," she admitted, "but I really loved Gregory Kimbrell's [poetry] and Vampyre Paladin, which was a fun read."
Gregory Kimbrell had two poems in issue 1: The Dice Throwers and Haishutsuryou (Output). Though two different pieces, Gregory's poems unite in their carefree exploration of self-identity. The poet himself sees his writing as a "subversive act of myth making, of smashing old worlds and building new ones." Maybe this is what held Motoki's interest.
Brenda Stephens contributed with a book serialization: Vampyre Paladin. Paladin is Brenda's debut novel, as she was exclusively a short story writer until 2019. Her work is a self-described mix of gothic and horror with a splash of realism. Influenced by Edgar Allan Poe and Anne Rice, she "endeavors to create stories that will engage the mind and address social issues."
Although Motoki only referenced two favorites, it's clear that she enjoyed the whole issue, much like the second reader, Kristina Stagg.
Kristina was the winner of the first-ever TDS online giveaway of issue 2; her excitement of winning issue 2 was contagious. Like Motoki, Kristina is no stranger to creative fiction, being a writer herself. After reading her copy, she didn't hesitate to state her faves: The Village - Part Two: The Apprentices and The Mask.
David Crerand returned from Issue 1 to continue more of his work on The Village, which comes from "a concept piece that involves a series of stand-alone stories based on vampires whose lives are crafted after occupations of typical medieval residents." The Village - Part Two: The Apprentices is a fun and twisted short story that consumes the reader as events unfold. David's work on the series continues in Issue 3, which Kristina is looking forward to.
Carl Hughes wrote The Mask, a short story that delves into mystery and mayhem from the very beginning, leaving the reader dazed-and-confused and screaming for more. The author himself calls his work a "specialisation in writing horror, the offbeat and bizarre." Hailing from England, Carl's work definitely has an old world taste and flavor, which is no doubt why this story made Kristina's favorite list.
According to Motoki and Kristina, The Dark Sire is a wonderful magazine that readers look forward to. And, if the whispers of TDS filling a void in horror and gothic creative fiction are true, it seems as though TDS is going to become a staple for a very specific demographic of readership. With all of this in mind, it's nice to know that TDS is being well-received and enjoyed. It's things like this that will keep TDS around for years to come.
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Fernando Fidanza has chosen his third poem to become a Folk song, this time C. Christine Fair's "A Brother's Revenge."
Unlike his work on Bartholomew Barker's "Silence," Fernando takes his time getting into the lrics, strumming a slow but powerful guitar that twangs with deep emotion. The pulsation of the guitar creates a thumping beat in your chest to go along with the "heart, heart pounding" lines of the poem.
Fair was without words when she heard her poem was made into a folk song. "This is crazy. I've never heard of this before." She put the experience in the I did not see this coming category and went on to thank TDS and Fernando for the opportunity.
More poem transforations to Folk songs by Fernando are coming. His first two compositions were S. M. Cook's "Hell's Love of Heaven's Hatred" and Bartholomew Barker's "Silence," respectively.
Listen to C. Christine Fair's poem as a Folk song, composed by Fernando Fidanza on YouTube:
Secondhand Bookery, an independent and family-owned horror/science-fiction bookstore based in Stephen King's hometown of Bangor, Maine, has decided to sponsor The Dark Sire literary magazine. The decision was made official on the evening of March 19, 2020.
"As the editor of TDS, I am thrilled to have Secondhand Bookery as our sponsor," Bre Stephens said. "I can't think of anyone better to support us and our mission."
Secondhand Bookery specializes in online sales of books, apparel, artwork, collectibles and more and can be found on Twitter, Facebook, and Instagram.
Readers can visit https://www.secondhandbookery.com/the-dark-sire-magazine to support TDS, as well as make purchases from the Secondhand Bookery website. They are also encouraged to make Secondhand Bookery the bookstore of choice for all their book and memorabilia needs: SecondhandBookery.com.
TDS wants to know what summer looks like, feels like, and tastes like for creatures of the night. What exactly is summer when you think of gothic, horror, fantasy, and psychological realism? What goes bump in the night... when the weather is scorching? We all know what scary and creepy are in October, or what fatastical and psychological are in December, but what are they in July? The genres must be represented more than just one month, right?
Submit your short fiction, poetry, and art to share your definition of a "dark summer."
Now accepting work in horror, gothic, fantasy, and psychological realism for Issue 4. Simply go to the submissions page to submit work that describes what it means to have a "Dark Summer."
The Dark Forest
A blog for The Dark Sire, written by Eric Ruark. Look for interviews, genre-related articles, book reviews, writing tips, and much more every Monday, Wednesday, and Friday at 11am (EST).