Aug 012011

We got our information about the Tyson’s Corner signing third-hand, and unfortunately the info suffered from a bit of a “game of telephone” effect. What we posted earlier was not accurate. Here’s a direct quote from Barnes & Noble as to the rules for the Tyson’s Corner, VA signing today:

All customers must have a receipt for Ghost Story from any Barnes & Noble or and they are welcome to have any of Jim’s other titles autographed.  As the guidelines have been communicated for almost two months now to many, many customers, our team will continue to relay the original message to callers (we are only a three days out from the event now), but we will most certainly take care any of those attendees who bring additional backlist. 

The main change here is that your receipt must be for Ghost Story from any B&N store (online or physical). You’re welcome to bring your back-list Jim Butcher titles (including the Dresden Files RPG — Fred Hicks will be there as well) to be signed alongside.

 Posted by at 2:11 pm
Jul 292011

There’s been some confusion about the rules as laid down by Barnes & Noble for Jim’s signing tour. Turns out the confusion is because there are different rules for each location! We just got the update from Jim’s publicity team, who are fresh to this discovery as well (too late to give the word about the Atlanta signing — our apologies).

Here’s what we know about this coming week:

8/1, McLean, VA at Tyson’s Corner: A recent B&N receipt for any of Jim Butcher’s books is required to join the signing line. Passes handed out at 5pm.

8/2, NYC, NY at Tribeca: The first 200 customers to buy GHOST STORY at the store get guaranteed seating, all others are standing room. Passes handed out at 10am.

 Posted by at 10:41 am
Apr 272011

The Dresden Files RPG crew have released a new, completely free, one-shot adventure available for you (following in the footsteps of Neutral Grounds)!

The old Cranston house had stood unoccupied for as long as anyone could remember. Few spoke of why. After a while, everything just passed into rumor, and now nobody knows the truth for sure.

But they do know one thing: it’s one hell of a spooky house. If you can make it through the whole night in the Cranston house, you’ll be legendary back at school, kings and queens of the hallways.

So, anybody up for a dare? Come on, we can do it. It’ll be a scream.

Night Fears is a Dresden Files RPG casefile, a one-shot mystery-adventure intended for 3-7 characters at the “Feet in the Water” power level. Customizable, pregenerated characters, a mix of mortals and minor talents, are provided with sheets and power details.

You can run it as a “who will survive?” horror thriller, or as a deeper supernatural mystery. Or integrate it into your own game, and use it as a starting point for your characters — or as trigger-story about the kids who went into the house and never came out again.

Together with a copy of The Dresden Files RPG: Your Story, Night Fears is perfect for a “test drive” at home, or for a convention GM looking for a print-and-play scenario.

Download it free from DriveThruRPG today!

 Posted by at 11:19 am
Apr 202011

Ghost Story is just a few months away, but for many of us the wait’s just unbearable. What’s a superfan to do?

Read something else, of course. I like my stuff pretty dark; so here’s what I’d recommend to fellow Jim fans looking in that direction, both by authors who I fully believe deserve a wider audience.

Harry Connolly’s Child of Fire: This is dark stuff (Changes dark, and maybe darker still), but so worth it. If you’re wondering what Harry’s adventures would look like in a more horror-inflected series where magic is an even surer route to pain, this is it. Jim Butcher has said that the writing here tells him he’s got to up his game, and you can see why. The plot is propulsive, the twists and turns are sharp, and the hero’s got some serious stuff darkening his door. This is part of the “Twenty Palaces” series, followed by Game of Cages and the upcoming Circle of Enemies.

While you’re at it, consider checking out Chuck Wendig’s collection of short stories, Irregular Creatures. Chuck runs an awesome, bizarre, profane writers’-advice blog over on Terrible Minds (good reading on its own!), and his e-collection of short stories here follows in that vein. He also has an upcoming novel about a vampire who returns to waking in the middle of a zombie apocalypse, Double Dead, which I’m betting will be up your alley as well.

So what are you reading while waiting on Ghost Story? Whose stuff would you recommend? Chime in in the comments, below! (Please avoid spoilers while making your recommendations!)

 Posted by at 5:43 pm