Have you ever read the legends of King Arthur? Or Sir Galahad? In one story it is told how, during his quest for the Holy Grail, Sir Galahad “rode for a long while in a wild forest and had many adventures of divers sorts, of which no account hath been given. . .” 1 Whenever I read a sentence like that, I am filled with curiosity. I want to know more about these forgotten adventures! What potential! The possibilities are endless, and my imagination runs wild.
That’s why I was thrilled when I was given the opportunity to write a story for The Lost Tales of Galahad. This book will be released in the new year by Rabbit Room Press, a small, Christ-centred company focused on cultivating the Arts. If you ever wanted to know what happened to Galahad in the Wild Forest, you can find out now. Though the original tales are forgotten beyond hope, 25 new stories have risen in their place, written by well-loved authors like Malcolm Guite, Jonathan Rogers, A. S. Peterson, and many more. It’s such an honor to have a story of my own published alongside the works of these masters. To quote fellow contributor Emma Fox, “I feel like a tiny hobbit who has joined the likes of Gandalf and Aragorn!”2
Together we have crafted tales of beauty, wit, and enchantment, writing in the spirit of the legends of old. We have populated the forest with naiads, fairies, and fire-drakes, all brought to life by medieval-style linocut illustrations by Ned Bustard. My own story features a hilarious encounter with Stone Trolls, and I couldn’t be more delighted with the way he’s portrayed their scowling faces.3 😉
This project has been one of the most fun, challenging, and exciting things I’ve ever done, and I’ve been wanting to share it with you for months. My work has never been published in book form, so this was a dream come true. At times I felt I’d burst if I couldn’t share my excitement soon! So I was thoroughly delighted when Rabbit Room Press announced the book and made it available for preorder. Now you can celebrate with me! 😀
If you feel so inclined, you can learn more at The Rabbit Room Store (there’s currently a slight discount on preorders!).
- Howard Pyle, The Story of the Grail and the Passing of Arthur, Chapter 7.
- Emma C. Fox is the author of The Arrow and the Crown, a delightful fantasy with echoes of Beauty and the Beast. The quote I used is from this Instagram post, where she talks about The Lost Tales of Galahad.
- You can see Ned Bustard’s illustration of the Stone Trolls here!
Image credit: Rabbit Room Press.