Inktober Wrap-Up

Hello, my lovelies! Today is a stressful day, and my attention span is putting goldfish to shame, so let’s relax with some awesome fanart, yeah?

Goodreads Choice Awards

Goodreads Choice Awards Header. Text: The choice is yours. Vote for the best books of the year in the 12th Annual Goodreads Choice Awards, the only major book awards decided by readers. Vote in the opening round.

The opening round of the 2020 Goodreads Choice Awards is still going strong! Peace Talks made the short list in the Best Fantasy category, and Jim is in excellent company, vying against some of the most beloved names in the genre. Check out all the nominees! You have until Sunday, November 8th, to make your selections.

Inktober Wrap-Up

Illustration of Jim in an aggressive stance, holding a massive fountain pen like a weapon, covered in spatters of ink reminiscent of blood

“Bonus Villain: Jim Butcher” by Luke Schroder

Throughout the past month, we’ve been admiring the work of Adam Mathison-Sward and Luke Schroder, two illustrators who chose Dresden themes for Inktober. Here’s a sampling of the pieces they’ve produced since we last checked in with them!

From Adam:

Collage of Adam Mathison-Sward illustrations for Inktober: Hades, Ethniu, the Erlking, Lea, Luccio, Mab, Michael, and Kincaid and Ivy

From Luke:

Collage of images by Luke Schroder for Inktober: Magog, Thorned Namshiel, Lasciel, King Corb, Mab, Lord Raith, and He Who Walks Beside, Behind, and Before

You can see all of Adam’s images on his Twitter or Instagram and all of Luke’s on his Facebook. Be sure to leave them lots of love in the comments of your favorite illustrations!

Call for Photos

Did you dress up as one of Jim’s characters this Halloween? We’d love to see your photos and include them in a future drop! Send them in to and let us know how you’d like to be credited. Thanks to those of you who have already submitted images!

Remembering Rachel Caine

We’d be remiss if we didn’t acknowledge the passing of Rachel Caine, one of the defining voices in the urban fantasy genre, who succumbed to a battle with cancer on Sunday. Her career was exceptionally prolific, producing nearly 50 novels since her debut in 2003. Her engaging stories gained her legions of dedicated readers, and her humor, wisdom, and generosity of spirit earned her the appreciation and admiration of colleagues, new writers, and people throughout the industry and beyond. We offer our sincerest condolences to the many who loved her and her work.

If you haven’t read any of her work or have gaps in your reading list, here’s a thread of her ebooks currently on sale. We suspect Dresden Fans would most enjoy the Weather Warden and Morganville Vampire series, but we encourage folks to take a look around and read a synopsis or two of her various series. In such an impressively sprawling body of work, there’s bound to be something for everyone!

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 print, 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.

Battle Ground: On Sale Now!

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.