| Speculative fiction|
| August 27, 1952 (age 63)
Woodbury, New Jersey, USA (1952-08-27) |
Writer, editor, and essayist
World Fantasy Special Award—Professional
Locus Award for Best Anthology, World Fantasy Award for Best Novella, Locus Award for Best Non-Fiction
Mask of the Sorcerer, The Thomas Ligotti Re, We Are All Legends, The Shattered Goddess, The White Isle
S T Joshi, Ramsey Campbell, Richard A Lupoff, Joseph Payne Brennan, H Warner Munn
Darrell Schweitzer Wikipedia
Darrell Charles Schweitzer (born August 27, 1952) is an American writer, editor, and critic 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.
Schweitzer was born in Woodbury, New Jersey, son of Francis Edward and Mary Alice Schweitzer. He attended Villanova University from 1970–1976, from which he received a B.S. in geography (1974) and an M.A. in English (1976). He started his literary career as a reviewer and columnist. 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. and a World Fantasy Award judge. He is a member of Science Fiction Writers of America and Horror Writers of America. He lives and works in the Philadelphia area.
Most of Schweitzer's fiction is in the areas of dark fantasy and horror. He works most frequently in fiction of shorter lengths, though he has also written a number of novels. His first, The White Isle, an epic, disillusioning quest to the underworld, was written in 1976 but remained unpublished until 1989. The Shattered Goddess (1982) takes place in a far future "Dying Earth" setting, which he later revisited for a sequence of short stories collected as Echoes of the Goddess (2013). 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 1992 World Fantasy Award for Best Novella and later expanded into the novel The Mask of the Sorcerer (1995). Additional stories in the series have been collected in Sekenre: The Book of the Sorcerer (2004). Other works include his stories of the lapsed knight Julian, most collected in We Are All Legends (1981), his tales of legendary madman Tom O'Bedlam, numerous works utilizing H. P. Lovecraft's Cthulhu Mythos, and a large body of unconnected short stories.
Together with his editorial colleagues Schweitzer won the 1992 World Fantasy Award special award in the professional category for Weird Tales. His poem Remembering the Future won the 2006 Asimov's Science Fiction's Readers' Award for best poem.