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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Available November 2: Shapers of Worlds Volume II

Shapers of Worlds Volume II, an anthology featuring writers who were guests during the second year of Edward Willett’s podcast, The Worldshapers, Kickstarted earlier this year, will be available everywhere November 2, 2021.

Shapers of Worlds Volume II features new fiction from Kelley Armstrong, Marie Brennan, Helen Dale, Candas Jane Dorsey, Lisa Foiles, Susan Forest, James Alan Gardner, Matthew Hughes, Heli Kennedy, Lisa Kessler, Adria Laycraft, Ira Nayman, Garth Nix, Tim Pratt, Edward Savio, Bryan Thomas Schmidt, Jeremy Szal, and Edward Willett, plus stories by Jeffrey A. Carver, Barbara Hambly, Nancy Kress, David D. Levine, S.M. Stirling, and Carrie Vaughn. Among those authors are winners and nominees for every major science fiction and fantasy literary award, plus several international bestsellers.

Shapers of Worlds Volume II is a follow-up to Shapers of Worlds, successfully Kickstarted in 2020 and published by Shadowpaw Press in the fall, which featured authors who were guests during the first year of The Worldshapers podcast.

That anthology included new fiction from Tanya Huff, Seanan McGuire, David Weber, L.E. Modesitt, Jr., John C. Wright, D.J. Butler, Christopher Ruocchio, Shelley Adina, and Edward Willett, plus reprints from John Scalzi, Joe Haldeman, David Brin, Julie E. Czerneda, Fonda Lee, Gareth L. Powell, Dr. Charles E. Gannon, Derek Künsken, and Thoraiya Dyer.

Praise for the original Shapers of Worlds:

“One of the most wide-ranging volumes I’ve encountered in terms of sub-genre. It’s rather like a speculative fiction buffet, offering steampunk, fantasy, military fiction, magic, space opera, post-apocalyptic, hard science fiction, and others . . . Inventive and varied, the collection has a lot to offer for those seeking an interesting, entertaining, and thought-provoking read.” – Lisa Timpf, The Future Fire

Now available: Star Song

The latest young adult novel by Aurora Award-winning author Edward Willett is a thrilling young adult outer space adventure in the spirit of Robert A. Heinlein and Andre Norton, published by Shadowpaw Press for the first time anywhere–although the short story that inspired it is the first story in Edward Willett’s short-story collection Paths to the Stars.

When the old woman who raised him in a remote village is murdered, Kriss Lemarc finds himself alone on a planet where he’ll always be an outsider.

His only link to his long-dead, unknown parents is the touchlyre they bequeathed him, a strange instrument that not only plays music but pours his innermost feelings into the minds of his listeners.

When Tevera, a girl of the space-going, nomadic Family, hears Kriss perform, she is drawn to him against her better judgment and the rules of her people. With her help, though mistrusted and even hated by some of her comrades, Kriss seeks to discover the origin of the touchlyre, the fate of his parents, and a place where he truly belongs.

But the touchlyre proves to be more than just a musical oddity. Powerful, ruthless people will stop at nothing to get it—and Kriss and Tevera are all that stand in their way.

Buy Star Song in print or download the ebook today!