- "If UNFETTERED arrived simply as a fantasy fiction anthology, it would be praiseworthy enough simply for living up to its title—these stories really do unchain our minds from the dreary mundane. It’s a treasure chest for any genre fan."
- ―Paste Magazine
Unfettered: Tales by Masters of Fantasy is an anthology edited by Shawn Speakman, featuring fantasy short stories donated by popular writers in the genre. It was built to relieve the medical debt of Speakman, who was diagnosed with Hogdkin's lymphoma in 2011 and, lacking health insurance, did not have the ability to pay. Every story in the volume is new and the writers were free to write whatever they wished. The book was published on June 21, 2013 by Grim Oak Press in the United States.
You define life or it defines you.
In Shawn Speakman’s case, it was both.
Lacking health insurance and diagnosed with Hogdkin’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 Shawn could sell toward alleviating those bills—and suggested Shawn ask the same of his other friends.
Unfettered is the result, an anthology built to relieve that debt, featuring short stories by some of the best fantasy writers in the genre.
- "Walker and the Shade of Allanon" by Terry Brooks
- "Imaginary Friends" by Terry Brooks
- "How Old Holly Came to Be" by Patrick Rothfuss
- "River of Souls" by Robert Jordan & Brandon Sanderson
- "The Old Scale Game" by Tad Williams
- "Martyr of the Roses" by Jacqueline Carey
- "Dogs" by Daniel Abraham
- "Mudboy" by Peter V. Brett
- "Nocturne" by Robert V. S. Redick
- "The Sound of Broken Absolutes" by Peter Orullian
- "The Coach with Big Teeth" by R.A. Salvatore
- "Keeper of Memory" by Todd Lockwood
- "Game of Chance" by Carrie Vaughn
- "The Lasting Doubts of Joaquin Lopez" by Blake Charlton
- "The Chapel Perilous" by Kevin Hearne
- "Select Mode" by Mark Lawrence
- "All the Girls Love Michael Stein" by David Anthony Durham
- "Strange Rain" by Jennifer Bosworth
- "Unbowed" by Eldon Thompson
- "In Favour with Their Stars" by Naomi Novik
- "The Jester" by Michael J. Sullivan
- "The Duel" by Lev Grossman
- "The Unfettered Knight" by Shawn Speakman
|Works in the The Kingkiller Chronicle series|
|Novels||The Name of the Wind (2007) ▪ The Wise Man's Fear (2011) ▪ The Doors of Stone (to be released)|
|Companion tales||How Old Holly Came to Be in Unfettered (2013) ▪ The Lightning Tree in Rogues (2014) ▪ The Slow Regard of Silent Things (2014) ▪ The Tale of Laniel Young-Again (to be released)|
|Derived works||Cealdish Currency (2013) ▪ The Name of the Wind Playing Cards (2014) ▪ Pairs (2014) ▪ TV Series, Movie and Video Game (optioned)|