Inktober Villains, Cold Days, and More!

This week, we continue celebrating fabulous fanart and debut Subterranean Press’ special edition of Cold Days! Get all the goodies below…

Obligatory New Book Promo

Battle Ground: On Sale Now!

Battle Ground is here! Don’t miss the second novel of this summer’s epic Dresden Duology, which Publishers Weekly is calling “urban fantasy at its best.”

Signed hardcovers of Battle Ground are still available from Mysterious Galaxy and Barbara’s Bookstore. Hardcovers with signed bookplates are available from Worldbuilders. Unsigned copies of Battle Ground and all Jim’s back catalogue are available in print, audio, and ebook through the Store.

Inktober/Magink Continues

Two weeks ago, we shared some of Adam Mathison-Sward’s illustrations for “Magink,” his take on the popular “Inktober” event. Here are some of our favorites so far. See them all on Adam’s Twitter or Instagram, then cast your vote for Saturday’s Viewer’s Choice Livestream!

Collage of 5 images: Bob on Harry's shelf, Maggie shoulder to shoulder with a happy Mouse, Marcone before a backdrop of Chicago's skyline, Thomas and Justine embracing without touching skin, and a grinning River Shoulders in a tux and spectacles

We’ve also learned of another artist doing a Dresden theme for Inktober. Tattooist, illustrator, and professional pumpkin carver Luke Schroder is inking 31 days of Dresden villains! You can find them all on his Facebook, but here are some of our favorites:

9 illustrations by Luke Schroder: Victor Sells, Agent Denton, a Red Court vampire, Maeve, Cassius, Tessa, the Chlorofiend, the Phobophages, and Lloyd Slate

Subterranean Press Announces Cold Days

LEFT IMAGE: Cover Illustration featuring Harry weighed down by a dark suit of armor. Ice coats his upraised bare hand, forming claws. RIGHT IMAGE: Lovecraftian horrors thrash in the water, led by He Who Walks Before

The days are getting colder (in the Northern Hemisphere at least), so it’s fitting that Subterranean Press would choose this week to debut their limited edition of Cold Days.

They write, “Our [deluxe collectible hardcover] edition of Cold Days will be printed on 80# Finch Opaque, our preferred paper for higher-end limited editions, with a number of full-page interior illustrations, as well as a full-color dust jacket. Vincent Chong will once again be handling the illustrations. Limited: 500 numbered hardcovers, signed by author: $85

Battle Ground Bookplates

Tyler Walpole is putting his double-signed (by himself and Jim) bookplates for Battle Ground on sale NEXT WEEK! His plates for Peace Talks sold out in 8 hours, so make sure you’re looped in. Subscribe to his newsletter to get all the necessary info, including the date and time the plates will go on sale and a link to purchase when the time comes!

A ominous-faced Harry channels lightning through his fingertips. Flanking him, Murphy holds her P-90 from her perch on her motorcycle and Mab sits astride her deadly unicorn. In the background, Ethniu spreads her arms before the a burning city, her Eye kindling with red fire.

These signed bookplates have an adhesive backing, so you can stick one in a book, on the back of your e-reader, or anywhere else that suits your fancy.

Tyler’s bookplates were also used in the books sold through the NYCC one-on-one meet and greet with Jim and the virtual signing with Bard’s Tower, so if you ordered through either of those vendors, you already have this gorgeous art coming your way! Note that these are different from the Worldbuilders bookplates, which are illustrated by Adam Mathison-Sward.

And that’s it for this week! Visit every Tuesday this year for weekly Drops of never-before-seen artwork, microfiction, interviews, contests, sample chapters for Peace Talks and Battle Ground, and other tasty tidbits in our celebration of the 20th Anniversary of the Dresden Files. Join our new mailing list and follow @jimbutchernews on twitter to ensure you don’t miss a moment, and check the announcement post to catch up on prior Drops.

Still need a copy of Peace TalksBattle Ground, or anything else by Jim? Support your favorite local independent bookstore, or order in hardcover, audio, or ebook through the Store. You can grab a signed copy of Battle Ground from Mysterious Galaxy and Barbara’s Bookstore (though we STRONGLY recommend confirming availability of signed stock before placing your order at either place) or a book with a signed bookplate from Worldbuilders.

Author: priscellie

Priscilla Spencer has been Jim's creative consultant since 2007. In addition to managing content for and its social media channels, she beta-reads all of Jim's works, serves as a thematic consultant on the graphic novels and role playing games, and illustrates the maps for his books. The whole "Year of Dresden" thing is largely her baby. Her latest claim to fame is directing the official book trailers for Peace Talks and Battle Ground. In her professional life, Priscilla is a Producer, Writer, Photographer, and Fantasy Map Illustrator working towards a career in producing TV. She enjoys musical theatre, gluten-free cooking, sci-fi/fantasy, and weightlifting. She aspires to travel the world and pet every dog.