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C.D. Sweitzer

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in Akron, Ohio


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C.D. Sweitzer writes fiction spanning the genres of gothic horror, paranormal mystery, and magical realism as well as literary short fiction. Early influences include Poe, Lovecraft, and Tolkien, with studies of contemporary writers completed at the University of Pittsburgh. He currently resides in North Carolina with his wife, two daughters, a cat, and teeming hordes of wolf spiders.

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C.D. Sweitzer A favorite fictional couple: Oberon and Titania (the King and Queen of the Fairies) in Shakespeare's Midsummer Night's Dream. Their stormy…moreA favorite fictional couple: Oberon and Titania (the King and Queen of the Fairies) in Shakespeare's Midsummer Night's Dream. Their stormy relationship throws the whole natural world into disorder, scattering birds, beasts, and pixies--just as a major blowout between parents sends children and pets running for cover. Oberon becomes so bitter that he uses his magic to humiliate Titania by causing her to fall in love with Nick Bottom, whom Puck has given a donkey's head. When the estranged King and Queen are finally reconciled as a couple, order and harmony are restored in nature.
I read this play for the first time during a Greyhound ride across the country, at first out of sheer boredom. Someone was giving away a tattered paperback copy, and there was nothing else to read. But I loved the themes, the setting, and especially the humor (the play within the play had me laughing out loud, making me the official crazy person on the bus). Since then I've read it again, seen it performed, and analyzed it in college. It remains one of my favorite Shakespeare plays today.(less)
C.D. Sweitzer It’s been many years since I read The Tibetan Book of the Dead (I believe it was the Bantam Books edition published in 1993), and given that I read a…moreIt’s been many years since I read The Tibetan Book of the Dead (I believe it was the Bantam Books edition published in 1993), and given that I read a few related books around the same time (including the Egyptian Book of the Dead), I might not recall the details correctly. So please forgive any misremembrances.

It was translated by texts supposedly written by monks who had deliberately retained consciousness throughout the process of death and rebirth (or through shamanic journeys mirroring such).

The first part, as I recall, dealt with recognizing distinct stages of death occurring after what we would consider the clinical death of the body. These stages of changing consciousness are associated with colors, culminating in the “clear light” (or pure consciousness). The soul or essence condenses into a small drop that finally departs the body (some specific number of days after death).

The next part revealed various fierce-looking deities that confront the soul as a sort of test of spiritual awareness. If the deceased turns away from the fierce beings in fear, the soul will cease to progress and reincarnation will occur. If the deities are confronted without fear, the soul will progress to the next stage.

During the final stage, the deceased is faced with a vision or vivid memory from the life just lived, usually one related to a sexual experience. Guilt or shame associated with the vision results in another incarnation, while acceptance or self-forgiveness results in transcendence.

As with all forms of Buddhism, the ultimate goal is to cease being incarnated and extinguish the self. While this sounds destructive, it really just means removing the obstacle of ego (or the illusion of self as separate) from unity with the pure, infinite, and eternal universal consciousness.
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The Grimoire, Volume I

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As an avid reader of swords-and-sorcery novels, I’d been exposed to a lot of fantasy tropes regarding medieval weapons and combat. Certain assumptions seemed to have congealed within the genre, picked up from one author and repeated by another. Before writing my own fantasy novel, I wanted to explore these assumptions and hopefully develop a more realistic presentation of archaic warfare. Not o... Read more of this blog post »
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“Some of the apparitions that emerged from the shadows of doorways and alleys were incomplete, manifesting in full only as they reached the light of the kiosk. An empty dress floated through the night air as if it had become detached from a clothesline by some persistent breeze. As it drifted slowly toward the subway, translucent hands and ankles became visible. A bicycle rolled across the courtyard, chain squeaking softly, a pair of black slacks taking form as it entered the glow of the kiosk lamps.”
C.D. Sweitzer, The Grimoire, Volume III

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