About Grim Oak Press

Welcome to Grim Oak Press, a tiny publishing press with a big dream.

In 2011, I was diagnosed with Stage III non-Hodgkin’s lymphoma in both sides of my neck, chest and spleen. While a cancer diagnosis and its treatment is not an ideal situation, I also did not have health insurance.

I had a lot to deal with in a short amount of time. Tests. Surgery to remove a lymph node to diagnose the cancer properly. Surgery to install a port-a-cath into the left side of my chest to receive the chemotherapy—and make me bionic, of course! Six months of treatment to kill what was trying to kill me. And eventually the port-a-cath removal.

I received great care and have slowly recovered. That said, while I am currently in remission, I had accrued a massive medical debt. To combat that, many of my SF&F writer friends contributed short stories that became the bestselling anthology Unfettered. It, coupled with sales from my debut novel The Dark Thorn, paid off more than $200,000 in medical bills. I am very fortunate to have such friends. Without them, I would have had to declare bankruptcy and become just another statistic.

I am in a unique situation now. I am paying forward the aid I received. A percentage of sales from every book Grim Oak Press publishes goes to a charitable cause. The author decides where. In this way, Grim Oak Press tries to make the world a better place.

Thank all of the writers who have contributed. And thank you to all SF&F fans who purchase these books. You will forever be in my debt!

Best Wishes,
Shawn Speakman