Welcome to Shadowpaw Press


Shaping words…shaping worlds

We publish science fiction and fantasy primarily (but not necessarily exclusively). Come explore entire worlds, all shaped from that most marvellous of building materials—words.

Why Shadowpaw Press? It’s named after our lovely Siberian cat (that’s him at left), because why not? (Besides, he’s already had a book dedicated to him—Shadows, Book 2 in E.C. Blake‘s Masks of Aygrima trilogy from DAW Books.)

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Coming soon: a new anthology!

A Kickstarter campaign to fund an anthology of science fiction and fantasy from some of today’s top authors has successfully funded!

Shapers of Worlds, to be published in August 2020, will bring together some of the first-year guests of the Aurora Award-winning podcast The Worldshapers, featuring conversations with science fiction and fantasy authors about the creative process, hosted by Shadowpaw Press’s publisher and editor, Edward Willett.

The anthology will feature new fiction from Seanan McGuire, Tanya Huff, David Weber, Lee Modesitt Jr., D.J. Butler, Christopher Ruocchio, John C. Wright, Shelley Adina, and yours truly; plus reprints from John Scalzi, Joe Haldeman, David Brin, Julie Czerneda, Fonda Lee, Gareth L. Powell, Derek Kunsken, Dr. Charles E. Gannon, and Thoraiya Dyer.

Watch for more details soon!

In the works: Star Song, YA science fiction

A peek at a new young adult science fiction novel by Edward Willett coming later this year (release date TBA). Cover art is by Dan O’Driscoll.

Kriss Lemarc is a teenager alone on a remote planet where he doesn’t belong. The guardian who raised him in a backwoods village has been murdered. His parents died when he was a baby. His only link to them is a strange musical instrument, an instrument that pulls his innermost feelings to the surface and pours them into the minds of his listeners. 

Kriss plans to take that instrument off-world and trace its origin and his own–but the artifact proves to be far more than just a musical oddity. It holds the key to ancient alien powers, and ruthless people will stop at nothing to get it.

Befriended by a girl of the space-going, gypsy-like Family and a former Family member, but mistrusted and even hated by some of their comrades, Kriss seeks to learn about his parents and his true home, to keep the instrument from falling into evil hands–and ultimately, to learn his own worth and find a place where he truly belongs.