Darrell Charles Schweitzer is an author, editor, agent, and essayist. Much of his focus has been on horror, but he also does work in SF and fantasy. He is also a prolific writer of literary criticism and editor of collections of essays on various genre writers.
He was born in Woodbury, New Jersey, and graduated from Villanova University (B.S., 1974; M.A., 1976). He began his literary career as a reviewer and columnist. He worked as an editorial assistant for Isaac Asimov's Science Fiction Magazine from 1977–1982, for Amazing Stories from 1982–1986, and was co-editor of Weird Tales from 1987–1990. He was sole editor of Weird Tales from 1991–1994 and its successor, Worlds of Fantasy & Horror, from 1994–1996.
From 1998–2007, he was again co-editor of Weird Tales. 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 the Science Fiction Writers of America and the Horror Writers of America.
Awards, Honors and GoHships:
- 1992 — World Fantasy Award special award in the professional category for Weird Tales
- 1998 — Necon Legend at Necon 18
- 2000 — EerieCon 2
- 2002 — EerieCon 4
- 2006 — Asimov's Science Fiction Readers' Award for best poem
- 2012 — Roastee at Necon 32
- 2014 — Necon Hall of Fame