Shawn Speakman is the author of The Dark Thorn, an urban/epic fantasy hybrid novel bestselling author Terry Brooks calls, “a fine tale by a talented writer.” He is also editor and contributor of Unfettered, a fantasy anthology featuring some of the best writers in the genre. When Shawn isn’t lying for a living, he runs The Signed Page and Grim Oak Press. You can buy the hardcover of Unfettered at Grim Oak Press and the eBook at various eRetailers!
by Shawn Speakman
The anthology is a magical thing.
The most powerful aspect of the format though is its ability to invent new fans.
When I was diagnosed with cancer and lacked health insurance in 2011, I knew I had to create something unique. I did not want to claim medical bankruptcy; that seemed like a missed opportunity on many levels. If enough of my writing friends would donate a short story, I could build an anthology that would eliminate that debt as well as be a book that could stand the test of time-my swan song, so to speak-if my cancer claimed me unceremoniously.
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