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Shawn Speakman grew up in the beautiful wilds of Washington State near a volcano and surrounded by old-growth forests filled with magic. After moving to Seattle to attend the University of Washington, he befriended New York Times best-selling fantasy author Terry Brooks and became his webmaster, leading to an enchanted life surrounded by words.

He was a manager at one of the largest Barnes & Noble Booksellers in the country for many years and now owns the online bookstore The Signed Page, manages the websites for several authors, and is a freelance writer for Random House.

He also contributed the annotations for The Annotated Sword of Shannara by Terry Brooks, published in 2012.

Shawn is a cancer survivor, knows angel fire east, and lives...more


icon-grimoakI started Grim Oak Press to publish Unfettered.


The first question I received from readers was, “Are you going to be publishing anything else in the future?”


I mulled that question over. Longer than you might think. Unfettered did its job in eliminating my medical debt. I knew that I wanted to create a trilogy of Unfettered anthologies—would that be an anthrilogy?—and I would use the second and t...

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“Unfettered is an anthology filled with magic, wonderment, and hope. It is more than it's combined stories, though. It is the power of friendship. Of giving. Of a science-fiction and fantasy community that protects its own. Of humanity escaping the ugliness that often plagues it to instead create a testament to the goodness found in every heart.”
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“Can I be honest here? I don’t read forewords. Can I be painfully honest? I don’t even know what forewords are for. Am I supposed to somehow convince you to buy this book? Are you, even now, standing in a bookstore, reading this, your gut roiling with indecision? That doesn’t seem to make sense to me. For one thing, you can see the folks in this anthology. You’ve read their names on the cover. It couldn’t be more impressive if it included Lord Vishnu and Optimus Prime.”
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