Darrell Schweitzer

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Darrell Schweitzer
Darrell Schweitzer.jpg
Darrell Schweitzer in 2006
Born (1952-08-27) August 27, 1952 (age 61)
Woodbury, New Jersey
Occupation Writer, editor, and essayist
Nationality American
Genres Speculative fiction

Darrell Charles Schweitzer (born August 27, 1952) is an American writer, editor, and essayist in the field of speculative fiction. Much of his focus has been on dark fantasy and horror, although he does also work in science fiction and fantasy. Schweitzer is also a prolific writer of literary criticism and editor of collections of essays on various writers within his preferred genres.

Life and career[edit]

Schweitzer was born in Woodbury, New Jersey,[1][2] son of Francis Edward and Mary Alice Schweitzer.[2] He attended Villanova University from 1970–1976, from which he received a B.S. in geography (1974) and an M.A. in English (1976).[1][2] He started his literary career as a reviewer and columnist.[2] He worked as an editorial assistant for Isaac Asimov's SF Magazine from 1977–1982 and Amazing Stories from 1982–1986, was co-editor with George H. Scithers and John Gregory Betancourt of Weird Tales from 1987–1990 and sole editor of the same magazine from 1991–1994 and its successor, Worlds of Fantasy & Horror, from 1994–1996. From 1998–2007 he was again co-editor of the revived Weird Tales, first with Scithers and then with Scithers and Betancourt. He has also been a part-time literary agent for the Owlswick Agency in Philadelphia.[1] and a World Fantasy Award judge.[2] He is a member of Science Fiction Writers of America and Horror Writers of America.[2] He lives and works in the Philadelphia area.


Schweitzer's "best and best-known work" is a sequence of epic fantasies set in a far future Earth that culminates in his novel The Shattered Goddess (1982). Also highly regarded are his tales of the child-sorcerer Sekenre, most notably the first, "To Become a Sorcerer" (1991), which was nominated for the World Fantasy Award and later expanded into the novel The Mask of the Sorcerer (1995). Other works include his first novel, The White Isle, written in 1976 but unpublished until 1989, his stories of the lapsed knight Julian, most of them collected in We Are All Legends (1981),[1] and his stories of Tom O'Bedlam.


Together with his editorial colleagues Schweitzer won the 1992 World Fantasy Award special award in the professional category for Weird Tales.[1] His poem Remembering the Future won the 2006 Asimov's Science Fiction's Readers' Award for best poem.


The Goddess sequence[edit]

Sekenre sequence[edit]

Other novels[edit]

  • The White Isle (1989)

Other short story collections[edit]

Short stories[edit]

Poetry collections[edit]

  • Non Compost Mentis: An Affrontery of Limericks and Other Eldritch Metrical Terrors (1995)
  • Poetica Dementia: Being a Further Accumulation of Metrical Offenses (1997)
  • "Stop Me Before I Do It Again!" (1999)
  • They Never Found His Head: Poems of Sentiment & Reflection (2001)
  • The Innsmouth Tabernacle Choir Hymnal (2004)
  • Groping Towards the Light (2005)
  • Ghosts of Past and Future (2008)






  • Essays Lovecraftian (1976)
  • Exploring Fantasy Worlds: Essays on Fantastic Literature (1985)
  • Discovering Classic Fantasy Fiction (1997)
  • Discovering H. P. Lovecraft (1987) (revised and expanded edition of Essays Lovecraftian)
  • Discovering Classic Horror Fiction I (1992)
  • Discovering Modern Horror Fiction I (1985)
  • Discovering Modern Horror Fiction II (1988)
  • Discovering Stephen King (1985)
  • The Thomas Ligotti Reader (2003)
  • The Neil Gaiman Reader (2007)
  • The Robert E. Howard Reader (2010)
  • SF Voices (1976)
  • Science Fiction Voices #1: Interviews with Science Fiction Writers (1979)
  • Science Fiction Voices #5: Interviews with American Science Fiction Writers of the Golden Age (1981)
  • Speaking of Horror: Interviews with Writers of the Supernatural (1994)
  • Speaking of the Fantastic (2002)
  • Speaking of the Fantastic II (2004)
  • Speaking of the Fantastic III (2011)


  1. ^ a b c d e St. James Guide to Fantasy Writers, edited by David Pringle. New York: St. James Press, 1996
  2. ^ a b c d e f Contemporary Authors Online, Detroit: Gale, 2007.


Further Reading[edit]

Steve Behrends. "Holy Fire: Darrell Schweitzer's Imaginative Fiction". Studies in Weird Fiction 5 (Spring 1989), 3-11.

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