Short Stories (Side Jobs and Brief Cases)

 

Jim has written a number of short stories for the Dresden Files, many of which can be found in the anthology Side Jobs. The stories that weren’t written/published early enough to be included will be compiled in a future anthology (no release date yet), tentatively titled Brief Cases. Scroll down for both lists!

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Release Date: October 2010

The first short story collection in the #1 New York Times bestselling series-including a brand-new Harry Dresden novella!

Here, together for the first time, are the shorter works of #1 New York Times bestselling author Jim Butcher–a compendium of cases that Harry and his cadre of allies managed to close in record time. The tales range from the deadly serious to the absurdly hilarious. Also included is a new, never-before-published novella that takes place after the cliff-hanger ending of the new April 2010 hardcover, Changes. This is a must-have collection for every devoted Harry Dresden fan as well as a perfect introduction for readers ready to meet Chicago’s only professional wizard.

“Witty, fast-moving and well worked-out. Butcher’s yarns go along with the standard supernatural repertory while providing enough twists to keep things fresh and intriguing.” –Kirkus, Starred Review

“Die-hard fans who can.t wait for next year’s Ghost Story will want to rush to the final novella, “Aftermath,” starring Harry’s friend Karrin Murphy, but there are many others here worth reading… Adding value to this title are Butcher’s introductions to each story, filling the reader in on its place in the Dresden-verse time line and offering insight into the author.s intentions.” –Library Journal

Released in hardcover from Roc publishing, October 2010.

The following stories are included:

“Restoration of Faith” (read it for free on Jim-Butcher.com!)
Takes place before Storm Front

“Vignette” (read it for free on Jim-Butcher.com!)
Takes place between Death Masks and Blood Rites

“Something Borrowed” — from My Big Fat Supernatural Wedding, edited by P.N. Elrod
Sinister forces interfere with Billy and Georgia’s wedding.
Takes place between Dead Beat and Proven Guilty.

“It’s My Birthday Too” — from Many Bloody Returns, edited by Charlaine Harris
Harry and Molly’s mission to deliver Thomas’ birthday gift goes awry.
Takes place between White Night and Small Favor.

“Heorot” — from My Big Fat Supernatural Honeymoon, edited by P.N. Elrod
Harry teams up with Miss Gard to find a missing bride.
Takes place between White Night and Small Favor

“Day Off” — from Blood Lite, edited by Kevin J Anderson
All Harry wants is a quiet, relaxing day off…
Takes place between Small Favor and Turn Coat.

Backup — novelette from Thomas’ POV, originally published by Subterranean Press
Harry is being used by an ancient evil, and Thomas must put a stop to it without him noticing.
Takes place between Small Favor and Turn Coat
Note: Side Jobs does NOT include the illustrations by Mike Mignola that accompanied the Subterranean Press release.

The Warrior — novelette from Mean Streets
Reveals what happens to the Carpenter family after the events of Small Favor.
Takes place between Small Favor and Turn Coat

“Last Call” — from Strange Brew, edited by P.N. Elrod
Harry takes on the darkest of dark powers–the ones who dare to mess with this favorite beer.
Takes place between Small Favor and Turn Coat

“Love Hurts” — from Songs of Love and Death, edited by George R. R. Martin and Gardner Dozois (Released November 16th, 2010.)
Harry and Murphy investigate a series of love spells with deadly consequences.
Takes place between Turn Coat and Changes.

Aftermath — post-Changes novelette from Murphy’s POV, EXCLUSIVE to this anthology!

What’s Missing?

The following stories are NOT included in the anthology, and will be published in Side Jobs‘ sequel, tentatively titled Brief Cases:

“Curses” — from The Naked City, edited by Ellen Datlow
Takes place between Small Favor and Turn Coat.

“AAAA Wizardry” — from the Dresden Files RPG, published by Evil Hat
Harry teaches a group of young Wardens his procedure for dealing with supernatural nasties.
Takes place between ???? and ????.

“Even Hand” — originally from Dark and Stormy Knights, edited by Pat Elrod. Reprinted in Beyond the Pale, edited by Henry Herz.
Gentleman Johnnie Marcone clashes with a rival supernatural power. Told from Marcone’s point of view.
Takes place between Turn Coat and Changes.

“I Was A Teenage Bigfoot” — from Blood Lite 3: Aftertaste, edited by Kevin J. Anderson.
Takes place circa Dead Beat.
Released 5/29/2012.

“Bigfoot on Campus” — from Hex Appeal, edited by P.N. Elrod.
Takes place between Turn Coat and Changes.
Released 6/05/2012.

“B is for Bigfoot” — from Under My Hat: Tales From the Cauldron, edited by Jonathan Strahan.
Takes place between Fool Moon and Grave Peril.
Released 8/28/2012.

“Bombshells” — Molly-POV novella from Dangerous Women, edited by George R. R. Martin and Gardner Duzois.
Takes place between Ghost Story and Cold Days.
Released 12/3/2013.

Planned: Untitled story — short story for Neverland’s Shadow, edited by Shawn Speakman.
Further information TBA.

Planned: “Jury Duty” — short story for Unfettered 2, edited by Shawn Speakman.
Further information TBA.

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