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Tales from The Wilder Forest is a collection of fantastical, interwoven short stories by Cael Jacobs with pictures by Cory Godbey.
Tales from The Wilder Forest is a collection of fantastical, interwoven short stories by Cael Jacobs with pictures by Cory Godbey.
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"I wanted stories to tell around a bonfire. Stories that sounded like myth but were things that I could relate to personally."

- Cael Jacobs, writer of Tales from The Wilder Forest.

The 100+ page book is a collaborative project. The stories have been written by Cael Jacobs with pictures by Cory Godbey. 

This project has been over two years in the making. After they met at a fantasy art convention in 2011, Cael and Cory began the process of deciding just how to pursue turning this collection into reality.

From Cory's perspective, "These stories absolutely won me over. I couldn't get over them. They sparked my imagination. I just fell in love with the world and characters that Cael created."

Cael and Cory decided to partner on producing the book independently. 

The collection of stories includes:

  • The Girl Who Lost the Moon 
  • The Maple's New Dress 
  • The King of the Waters 
  • Those Who Search 
  • The Cloak of Night 
  • Foundation 
  • The World Thinks
  • Of Ice and War 
  • The Undine That Was 
  • Not of Blood 
  • The Sundering of Hyvus
And here's a better look at that companion sketchbook!
And here's a better look at that companion sketchbook!
Robin from "The Girl Who Lost the Moon"
Robin from "The Girl Who Lost the Moon"
Fallen Piskie Warrior from "Of Ice and War"
Fallen Piskie Warrior from "Of Ice and War"
Gust from "Those Who Search"
Gust from "Those Who Search"
Coralune receives the Stone from "The Girl Who Lost the Moon"
Coralune receives the Stone from "The Girl Who Lost the Moon"

Thank you for your support; we hope you'll join us in exploring The Wilder Forest!

A big thank you to Henry Benjamin Kammer for his always perfect and haunting music. Also thanks to Carlton Riffel and The Lamp Post Guild for use of Cory's video.

Risks and challenges

Over the last six years Cory has personally produced an annual sketchbook, a 50+ page collection of new work, once a year.

He's handled every aspect of the process including printing and fulfillment.

Between his experience with printing and Cael's planning, they are fully confident they can deliver a beautiful book.

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    Help us spread the word! By way of thanks for helping here's a nice set of wallpapers for your phone! Sure, you could grab jpgs from anywhere but where else would you find authentic Tales from The Wilder Forest wallpapers?

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    Again receive our thanks and some wallpapers but also a digital download of Cory's book The Hidden People. This is the one that made Cael think, "Hey, Cory might not screw up drawing my stories!" Own a (digital) piece of the legend!

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    Tales from the Wilder Forest.

    This is it! The 100+ page book of short stories.

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    Tales from the Wilder Forest. The 100+ page book of short stories.

    Only with this reward the book is signed by both Cael and Cory.

    Plus it comes with a set of 4 postcard sized prints!

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    Tales from the Wilder Forest. The 100+ page book of short stories. Not only is the book signed, this reward includes an original character sketch by Cory in the front of the book! A rare treasure indeed. (Also comes with the previously mentioned 4 postcard sized prints.)

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    A restock of the original #5 Reward!
    Tales from the Wilder Forest. The 100+ page book of short stories. Not only is the book signed, this reward includes an original character sketch by Cory in the front of the book! A rare treasure indeed. (Also comes with the previously mentioned 4 postcard sized prints.)

    To give my hand some time to recover this reward is shipping in August!

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    Tales from The Wilder Forest + Studies from The Wilder Forest. Yes! You read that correctly, this reward comes with Cory's 2014 sketchbook included. Studies from The Wilder Forest is a 50 page sketchbook containing the sketches, studies, and drawings that went into making Tales from the Wilder Forest. (And you know what, BOTH books will have sketches in the front.)

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    A restock of the original #6 Reward!

    Tales from The Wilder Forest + Studies from The Wilder Forest. Yes! You read that correctly, this reward comes with Cory's 2014 sketchbook included. Studies from The Wilder Forest is a 50 page sketchbook containing the sketches, studies, and drawings that went into making Tales from the Wilder Forest. (And you know what, BOTH books will have sketches in the front.)

    To give my hand some time to recover this reward is shipping in August!

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    First come, first serve. Your choice of a selection of the original works. 11" x 14" on Fabriano Artistico. Includes both signed books and four 4" x 6" prints.

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    This piece is from one of Cory's favorite stories in the collection, in fact, it's the first one he read and one of the first pieces he completed for the book. It's from the story, "The Girl Who Lost the Moon." -- 11" x 14" on Fabriano Artistico. Includes both signed books and four 4" x 6" prints.

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