DOVER A launch party is scheduled for 6 p.m. Thursday at the Dover Public Library for a new literary magazine being published by a professor at Kent State University at Tuscarawas.


The Dark Sire is a publication that focuses on fiction and poetry in the genres of Gothic, horror, fantasy and psychological realism. The first issue was released on Halloween 2019 and the second issue on Jan. 31.


“In each issue, we have roughly 12 creatives,” said publisher Bre Stephens, a Dover native who graduated from Dover High School in 1993. “In this issue, we have creatives from the United Kingdom, Finland and across America.”


Featured in the latest issue is a story titled “Kettering Hall,” written by John Kiste of New Philadelphia.


When Stephens accepted Kiste’s submission, she didn’t realize he was from Tuscarawas County. She said she does not look at where the author is from when deciding which submissions to publish. She wants their work to speak for itself.


“It was a happy accident,” she said of accepting Kiste’s story. “One of our own was chosen fro this, and so I thought it was something special.”


Stephens gave a great deal of thought to coming up with the title of her magazine.


“I wanted a title that gave the meaning of Gothic, like black smoke, something ancient,” she said. “If you think of Gothic, you think of decay and darkness, or the downfall of something.


“But since I am representing fantasy, I always think of the knight in shining armor, the black knight, the medieval period. So I wanted a title that kind of brought those two things together. Instead of the black knight or the white knight or something like that, I thought the black smoke of the Goth, mixed with this chivalry of the bygone age, and I came up with the Dark Sire.”


The digital issue of the magazine already has subscribers from Venezuela, Canada, India, the United Kingdom and the United States.


Digital copies are available on the magazine’s website, https://darksire.weebly.com/ Print copies can be ordered at amazon.com.


Stephens teaches composition at Kent State Tuscarawas. She received her bachelor of arts degree from the University of New Mexico, her master’s in education from Concordia University and a master’s in English and creative writing from Southern New Hampshire University.


Scheduled to appear at the launch party Thursday are Kiste, Ohio author S.M. Cook and David Crerand of New York. All three have their work published in the Dark Sire.


Kiste, who is an Edgar Allan Poe impersonator, will talk about his writing. Poe is a major influence on his work, Stephens said. He will be introduced by his daughter, author Gwendolyn Kiste, who recently won the Bram Stoker Award, a major award for horror writing.


There will be a panel discussion with all three authors talking about their writing process and how they came up with their stories. In addition, there will be a question-and-answer period with the audience and a meet-and-greet.


The next issue of the Dark Sire is scheduled to come out on April 30.