Yesterday, I spent the day working on Unfettered.

Unfettered is the fantasy anthology that I am putting together to help pay off the medical debt from my bout with uninsured cancer in 2011. There are 23 short stories in the anthology, written by some of the best authors working right now.

If you love fantasy, you will want to pre-order it HERE.

Terry has contributed two different stories to Unfettered. The first is Imaginary Friends, a precursor to his Word/Void series. Set in Sinnissippi Park, it features an elf Pick and his trusty owl Daniel. It was originally published in a Del Rey Books anthology in 1991 but quickly went out of print. It is now available as an e-book and will be published in Unfettered for those of you who haven’t read it or don’t have a hardcopy of it.

The second story Terry gave me is fairly unique. In 2000, Terry published Ilse Witch. Several months later, on October 6th, Del Rey Books sent out a BrooksBooks newsletter with an original Shannara short story. Those who signed up for Terry’s newsletter received the short story in their inbox. It has never been published in a physical book before.

The short story in question is now titled Walker and the Shade of Allanon. Terry wrote it after he had finished Ilse Witch. In that book, the Druid Walker visits the Hadeshorn to meet with Allanon and get advice about his trip to Parkasia. The meeting happens off-page; Terry didn’t write the conversation as he wrote Ilse Witch. But when he was asked to write a short piece for the newsletter, he knew he had to write the conversation between Walker and the Shade of Allanon.

Which brings me to my poll question:

Who do you like better? Walker? Or Allanon?

Written by Shawn Speakman
I am the long-time friend and webmaster for Terry Brooks as well as the author of The Dark Thorn, an urban/epic fantasy hybrid novel Terry calls "a fine tale by a talented writer." Join me on Facebook and Twitter (@shawnspeakman)!