About Us

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

In 2011, Shawn Speakman was diagnosed with non-Hodgkin’s lymphoma and did not have health insurance due to a pre-existing condition. To combat his fast-accruing medical debt, SF&F writers donated short stories that became the bestselling anthology Unfettered. It paid off more than $200,000 in medical bills.

launched Grim Oak Press, a brand new SF&F publishing press with the big dream of helping others. It has grown ever since. After five years, Grim Oak Press spawned the non-profit Grim Oak Shield, both businesses working hand-in-hand to defeat medical debt for authors and artists in need. Such notable authors as Terry Brooks, Naomi Novik, Jacqueline Carey, Stephen R. Donaldson, Raymond E. Feist, and Janny Wurts support that mission and in 2018 Grim Oak Press will publish beautiful, limited editions of their books.

Each project we take on has its own life and style.  We try to match the best artists in SF&F with the story to make a perfect match.  We work directly with the authors and artists, giving them a creative freedom to re-envision their worlds like never before.  New wrap around cover art, new interiors, and full color foldouts make these books extremely unique.  

We also use the best materials around.  Each book is printed on extremely high quality paper, cloth bound and leather wrapped, making them feel just as good in your hands as they look on your shelves.  Details in the design and layout, sewn in ribbons, cover stamps, and many other fine touches are how we separate ourselves from other small publishing presses.

It is a magical time for those who love SF&F. Thank you to all who purchase books from Grim Oak Press. We will continue producing them as long as you enjoy placing them on your shelves.

- Your Grim Oak Team

Shawn Speakman & Jeff Lawson