Revealing of Unfettered III

by Shawn Speakman January 02, 2018 0 Comments

Revealing of Unfettered III

We are fighting back.

With the formation and announcement of Grim Oak Shield, it is time to pay forward the aid I once received, to alleviate medical debt for other authors and artists in need.

Unfettered III is the flagship project for Grim Oak Shield’s mission of helping others. The forthcoming 2018 anthology of all-new stories features the very best talent working today in science fiction and fantasy. Many of the stories are set in the fictional setting the author is best known for. And the themeless nature of the anthology allows for different types of stories—from the grimdark of Anna Stephens to the fairy tales of Katherine Arden to the new science fiction of Terry Brooks.


Todd Lockwood has returned to paint its cover. It is a beautiful wrap around art piece, featuring the birth of a phoenix, rising from its fiery ashes, to become unfettered in the skies again. It is a powerful symbol for the book and its non-profit purpose.

The tentative list of contributing writers to Unfettered III is:

  • Katherine Arden
  • Callie Bates
  • Terry Brooks
  • Delilah S. Dawson
  • Jason Denzel
  • Lev Grossman
  • John Gwynne
  • Kat Howard
  • Mark Lawrence
  • Megan Lindholm
  • Seanan McGuire
  • Naomi Novik
  • Peter Orullian
  • Cat Rambo
  • Robert V. S. Redick
  • R.A. Salvatore
  • Ken Scholes
  • Anna Smith Spark
  • Shawn Speakman
  • Anna Stephens
  • Patrick Swenson
  • Marc Turner
  • Carrie Vaughn
  • Chuck Wendig
  • Deborah A. Wolf

A few more writers may join if their workload allows.

The anthology is scheduled to publish September 2018. All monies raised from its sales will go to the mission statement of Grim Oak Shield. I am so very excited about Unfettered III and its contributing authors. It is going to be one of the best anthologies of 2018 and its purpose makes it a must read.

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Cheers to 2018!

 - Shawn

Shawn Speakman
Shawn Speakman


Shawn Speakman is the author of The Dark Thorn and editor of the Unfettered anthology series. When he isn't lying for a living, he maintains the web presences for Terry Brooks and Naomi Novik, runs The Signed Page and Grim Oak Press, and writes for Unbound Worlds. Follow him on Facebook and @shawnspeakman.


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