Press Release: Grim Oak Publishing Leather-Bound Shannara Editions



MARCH 29, 2016 – SEATTLE, WA – Grim Oak Press is excited to announce it will be producing high-quality, leather-bound editions of the original Shannara novels by Terry Brooks, including his influential writing guide and memoir, Sometimes the Magic Works.

In 1977 under the direction of esteemed editor Lester del Rey, Ballantine Books published The Sword of Shannara. The epic fantasy novel spent more than five months on the New York Times bestseller list, proving the commercial viability of the fantasy genre. The Elfstones of Shannara followed in 1982 and The Wishsong of Shannara finished the original trilogy in 1985, both bestsellers.

Sometimes the Magic Works: Lessons from a Writing Life published in 2003. It contains writing advice from the bestseller author, shared using experiences from his life.

Long-time Brooks fan and Grim Oak Press founder Shawn Speakman is thrilled about the project. “Ever since I was a teenager, I have wanted beautiful leather-bound editions of Terry’s Shannara novels on my shelves. To get the chance to create them while he guides the process is a dream come true.”

Brooks is also enthusiastic about the project. “I was a little hesitant about the need for leather-bound editions of my books, but reader demand has convinced me to reconsider. I collect, as I am sure many of them do. I look forward to having these on my shelves.”

Grim Oak Press recently published Unbound, a sci-fi/fantasy anthology. Other forthcoming projects include limited editions of The Broken Empire by Mark Lawrence and The Unremembered by Peter Orullian. Unfettered II, the sequel to 2013’s bestselling anthology Unfettered, is forthcoming later in 2016.

The Shannara trilogy will feature beautiful interior illustrations by Marc Simonetti. Nate Taylor, who has worked with author Patrick Rothfuss on numerous projects, will be contributing interior illustrations for Sometimes the Magic Works.

The Sword of Shannara and Sometimes the Magic Works will publish in late 2016. The remaining two books will follow in 2017.

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