Welcome to the Year of Dresden!

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Jan 072020

Storm Front was first published April 1st, 2000, which makes this year The Dresden Files’ 20th anniversary! To honor that milestone and to thank the phenomenal fans who got us there, we will be posting “Dresden Drops” on jim-butcher.com every Tuesday this year. Dresden Drops will feature never-before-seen artwork, microfiction, interviews, sample chapters for Peace Talks, contests, and other tasty tidbits throughout 2020.

We’re also recruiting some of your favorite geeky and literary websites to help us celebrate the series with readalongs, giveaways, and more, and we’ll be announcing the first tie-in event later this week. Be sure to join our new mailing list and follow @jimbutchernews on twitter, so you don’t miss a moment in this fuego-licious fiesta of fansquee.

Hang on tight, because this year is going to be lit! Because it’s on fire. And it is definitely Harry’s fault.

Dresden Drop Archive

Now without further ado, here’s our first piece of microfiction, “Mike.” It’s set between White Night and Small Favor–shortly after the graphic novel Wild Card. Spoiler Level: LOW.


By Jim Butcher

I had to push the Blue Beetle the last thirty feet and into the parking lot of Mad Mike’s Motorcycle and Volkswagen Repair. Then, because it was on a slope, all six-feet and eight or nine inches of me had to jump into the Bug and steer it toward one of the repair bays.

When I hit the brakes they screamed protest.

And the driver-side door fell off.

I staggered out of the car, scowled in drunken exhaustion down at the door and said, “You’re weak. And your line is weak.”

From an office inside the grimy garage came the sound of a flushing toilet, and Mike Atagi appeared, a man who had looked like he was in his mid-fifties by thirty and just stayed that way. He was a lean guy with shaggy grey hair and still-black beard.

“My God,” he said, eyeing the Beetle’s corpse. “What happened this time?”

“Would you believe me if I said I was attacked by a giant owl?” I asked.

“No, man,” Mike said, half of his mouth curling up lazily. “Cause you’re a lunatic. But your money spends fine, right?”

“I’ll take it,” I said, grinning, and shook his hand. “Can you help?”

“Could build a Bug from raw steel if I had to,” Mike said, and started a walkaround of the car.

He paused at the puncture marks in the car’s roof. I mean, they looked exactly like what they were — the evidence of contact with an enormous creature with talons that could shred through steel.

“Seriously,” he said. “Level with me. What happened?”

I’d been being level the whole time. You would not believe how level I’d been.

But what Mike was asking me for wasn’t the same as what he wanted. He didn’t really want to know what had happened to my car. He wanted to know that the world he knew was still there.

“I was doing a stakeout on a case,” I said. “Some mob guys came after me with a backhoe, of all the cockamamie things.”

“Hah,” he said. “Knew it. You’re living an exciting life, kid. Like a bad TV show.” He squinted at the Beetle’s wounds and then at me. “How much do you want to spend?”

“Ideally, I would bake you a plate of cookies,” I said.

He snorted. “The usual deal, then. Cheap, fast, or good, pick two.”

“Cheap and good,” I said.

“Yeah,” Mike said. “That’s you, all right.”

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Christmas Eve 2019

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Dec 252019

Circumstances conspired to prevent us from posting this last night, but we know sleeplessness around the holidays isn’t confined to the night before Christmas alone. Enjoy last year’s unforgettable Dresden Files short story “Christmas Eve,” now with illustrations by Adam Mathison-Sward and art direction by Priscilla Spencer. Read it here!

Note: While this story is intended to be read before Peace Talks, it takes place several months after and contains references to some of the fallout of the book. Spoiler-Averse folks, proceed with caution.

Wishing you and your loved ones joy, peace, and good health this holiday season.

We Have a Release Date!

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Dec 162019

At long last, we have a release date for Peace Talks, 16th novel of the Dresden Files! Check out Tor.com’s exclusive announcement for the full scoop, including a tease for some upcoming festivities surrounding the series’ 20th anniversary.

Support your favorite local independent bookstore by preordering Peace Talks from IndieBound for the hardcover or Kobo and Libro.FM for the audiobook! The book is also available in preorder though Barnes & Noble (Hardcover and Nook), Apple Books (Hardcover), Google Play (Audio), and Amazon (Hardcover and Kindle). Audible link coming soon!

Want to make sure you don’t miss a single surprise in our 20th Anniversary celebration? Join our mailing list! We rarely post more often than once a week, so you don’t have to worry about spam.

Trailer Wrapped and Side Jobs on Sale

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Dec 122019

We’ve wrapped filming on the Peace Talks book trailer! Director and superfan Priscellie (me, your humble Jim-Butcher.com content manager) offers her boundless thanks to all the readers who joined us in this endeavor, from department heads to extras to a kickass band of hard-working PAs. Photo Credit: Yrene Ramirez.

Speaking of Peace Talks, a release date has been set, and we should be able to announce it VERY soon! Join our snazzy new mailing list to ensure you’re among the first to know. (If you were a member of our old Yahoo Groups mailing list, you’re good! Your subscription has been automatically transferred.)

While waiting for Peace Talks‘ release, why not catch up on some material you might have missed? Did you know Jim has written TWO volumes of Dresdenverse short stories, Side Jobs (2010) and Brief Cases (2018), which contain novellas from the points of view of Murphy, Molly, Marcone, Luccio, Butters, Maggie, and even Mouse? The Side Jobs eBook is currently on sale for $1.99 through December 22nd, so don’t miss this opportunity to catch our favorite wizard for hire in some slightly less world-threatening cases.

Buy Side Jobs and support independent bookstores with Books-a-Million or Kobo (learn how to buy ebooks from your favorite indie bookstore with Kobo), or snag it from Google Play, Barnes & Noble, Apple Books, or Amazon. Join BookBub to learn about future promotions!

Call for Extras for the Peace Talks trailer!

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Nov 232019

Attention, Los Angeles: Want to be a part of the fan-made book trailer to promote the next Dresden Files novel?  We’d love to have you!  All shapes, sizes, genders, ages, and ethnicities welcome to submit.

Send an email to industriosapictures (at) gmail.com with the following:

  • Your name
  • A full-body photo
  • Your availability for the following dates: December 3rd (early afternoon), 4th (evening), 5th (evening/night), 7th (day), and 8th (day). We’ll have different needs and looks for each day, so you don’t need to be available for more than one. 
  • If you have any experience doing extra work or acting on camera (not necessary, but helpful! And note: the project is SAG, so both SAG and non-union folks are able to participate.)
  • If you have access to and could appear in any of the following: casual clothes you don’t mind getting dusty or dirty, formal evening wear, historical costumes, or tactical gear.
  • What region of the city you’ll be coming from (so we can suggest carpools)

We look forward to hearing from you!