Edited by Shawn Speakman
You define life or it defines you.
In Shawn Speakman’s case, it was both. Lacking health insurance and diagnosed with Hodgkin’s lymphoma in 2011, Shawn quickly accrued a massive medical debt that he did not have the ability to pay. That’s when New York Times best-selling author Terry Brooks offered to donate a short story that Shawn could sell tohelp alleviate those bills—and suggested he ask the same of his other writer friends.
Unfettered is the result: an anthology built in order to relieve that debt, featuring short stories by some of the best fantasy writers in the genre.
Twenty-three tales comprise this incredible collection, and as the title suggests, the writers were free to contribute whatever they wished.
Includes stories by: Jennifer Bosworth, Peter V. Brett,Terry Brooks, Jacqueline Carey, Blake Charlton, David Anthony Durham, Kevin Hearne, Robert Jordan & Brandon Sanderson, Todd Lockwood, Naomi Novik, Peter Orullian, Robert V.S. Redick, Patrick Rothfuss, R.A. Salvatore, Shawn Speakman, Eldon Thompson, Carrie Vaughn, Tad Williams.
With the help of stalwart friends and these wonderful short stories, Shawn has taken the gravest of life’s hardships and created something magical. Unfettered is not only a fantastic anthology in its own right, but it’s a testament to the generosity found in the science fiction and fantasy community—proof that humanity can give beyond itself when the need arises.
After all, isn’t that the driving narrative in fantasy literature?
Cover art by Todd Lockwood