Darrell Schweitzer

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Darrell Schweitzer
Darrell Schweitzer.jpg
Schweitzer in 2006
Born (1952-08-27) August 27, 1952 (age 64)
Woodbury, New Jersey, USA
Occupation Writer, editor, and essayist
Nationality American
Period 1968–present[1]
Genre Speculative fiction
Subject same

Darrell Charles Schweitzer (born August 27, 1952) is an American writer, editor, and critic in the field of speculative fiction.[2] 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,[2][3][4] son of Francis Edward and Mary Alice Schweitzer.[4] He attended Villanova University from 1970–1976, from which he received a B.S. in geography (1974) and an M.A. in English (1976).[3][4] He started his literary career as a reviewer and columnist.[4] 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.[3] and a World Fantasy Award judge.[4] He is a member of Science Fiction Writers of America and Horror Writers of America.[4] He lives and works in the Philadelphia area.


Schweitzer wrote a sequence of epic fantasies set in a far future Earth that culminates in his novel The Shattered Goddess (1982). The first work in his tales of the world of the Great River focusing on child-sorcerer Sekenre, "To Become a Sorcerer" (1991), 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 Other works include his first novel, The White Isle, written in 1976 but unpublished until 1989, his stories of the lapsed knight Julian, most of them collected in We Are All Legends (1981),[3] and his stories of Tom O'Bedlam.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.[3] His poem Remembering the Future won the 2006 Asimov's Science Fiction's Readers' Award for best poem.



Sir Julian[edit]

  • "The Hag" (from Swords Against Darkness III, Mar. 1978 - collected in We Are All Legends (1981))
  • "The Lady of the Fountain" (from Void no. 5, Feb. 1977 - collected in We Are All Legends (1981))
  • "Island of Faces" (1981 - collected in We Are All Legends (1981))
  • "The Veiled Pool of Mistorak" (from Fantasy Crosswinds no. 2, Jan. 1977 - collected in We Are All Legends (1981))
  • "The One Who Spoke with the Owls" (from Void no. 4, May 1976 - collected in We Are All Legends (1981))
  • "The Castle of Kites and Crows" (from Swords Against Darkness V, Nov. 1979 - collected in We Are All Legends (1981))
  • "The Riddle of the Horn" (from Heroic Fantasy, Apr. 1979 - collected in We Are All Legends (1981))
  • "Divers Hands" (from The Year's Best Horror Stories: Series VII, Jul. 1979 - collected in We Are All Legends (1981))
  • "The Unknown God Cried Out" (1981 - collected in We Are All Legends (1981))
  • "Into the Dark Land" (from Alien Worlds, 1979 - collected in We Are All Legends (1981))
  • "A Fabulous, Formless Darkness" (from Ron Graham Presents Others Worlds, 1978 - collected in We Are All Legends (1981))
  • "Midnight, Moonlight, and the Secret of the Sea" (1981 - collected in We Are All Legends (1981))
  • "L'envoi" (1981 - collected in We Are All Legends (1981))
  • We Are All Legends (1981 short story collection)

Tom O'Bedlam[edit]

Etelven Thios[edit]

The Goddess[edit]

Sherlock Holmes[edit]

The Great River[edit]

  • "To Become a Sorcerer" (1991 - expanded as The Mask of the Sorcerer (1995))
  • The Mask of the Sorcerer (1995 novel)
  • "On the Last Night of the Festival of the Dead" (from Interzone no. 90, Dec. 1994 - collected in Refugees from an Imaginary Country (1999), Sekenre (2004) and The Darrell Schweitzer Megapack (2013))
  • "The Sorcerer's Gift" (from Worlds of Fantasy & Horror, Win. 1996-7 - collected in Sekenre (2004))
  • "King Father Stone" (from Interzone no. 103, Jan. 1996 - collected in Sekenre (2004))
  • "The Giant Vorviades" (from Interzone no. 99, Sep. 1995 - collected in Sekenre (2004))
  • "The Silence of Kings" (from Weirdbook no. 30, Spr. 1997 - collected in Sekenre (2004))
  • "Vandibar Nasha in the College of Shadows" (from Adventures of Sword and Sorcery no. 7, Sep. 2000 - collected in Sekenre (2004) and The Darrell Schweitzer Megapack (2013))
  • "In the Street of the Witches" (from Weird Tales v. 56, no. 4, Sum. 2000 - collected in Sekenre (2004))
  • "The Lantern of the Supreme Moment" (from Space and Time no. 93, Spr. 2001 - collected in Sekenre (2004))
  • "From Out of the Crocodile's Mouth" (from Weird Tales v. 58, no. 1, Fall 2001 - collected in Sekenre (2004))
  • "Dreams of the Stone King's Daughter" (from Weird Tales v. 59, no. 2, Win. 2002 - collected in Sekenre (2004))
  • "Seeking the Gifts of the Queen of Vengeance" (from Odyssey, iss. 2, 1998 - collected in Sekenre (2004))
  • "Lord Abernaeven's Tale" (from Weird Tales v. 60, no. 2, Jan.-Feb. 2004 - collected in Sekenre (2004))
  • Sekenre: The Book of the Sorcerer (2004 short story collection)


Pliny the Younger[edit]

Emperor of the Ancient Word[edit]

Other novels[edit]

  • The White Isle (1989)

Other short story collections[edit]

Other short stories[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)


As editor[edit]




  • 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 (2006)
  • 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 Horror II: Interviews with 18 Masters of Horror! (2015)
  • Speaking of the Fantastic: Interviews with Writers of Science Fiction and Fantasy (2002)
  • Speaking of the Fantastic II: Interviews with Masters of Science Fiction and Fantasy (2004)
  • Speaking of the Fantastic III: Interviews with Science Fiction Writers (2011)


  1. ^ "Darrell Schweitzer – Summary Bibliography". ISFDB. Retrieved 2014-07-11.
  2. ^ a b "Schweitzer, Darrell". The Encyclopedia of Science Fiction. May 9, 2014 (created January 1, 2005). Retrieved 2014-07-11.
  3. ^ a b c d e St. James Guide to Fantasy Writers, edited by David Pringle. New York: St. James Press, 1996
  4. ^ 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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