The Shout Out per page ratio continues to rise in this, the fifth book of ''Literature/TheDresdenFiles''. Caught between a vengeful Red Court noble on one side and the literal forces of Hell on the other, Harry needs all the Knightly help and pop-trivia references he can get.

* Thomas wears a ''Series/BuffyTheVampireSlayer'' T-shirt.
** To a duel where he hopes a vampire from a rival court will get killed, no less. Nice one, Thomas.
*** For (probably unintentional) bonus points, the audio book is read by Creator/JamesMarsters, who played the vampire Spike on ''Buffy.''
** Also, the [[VampireRefugee Order of St. Giles]] shares a name with Buffy's mentor and father figure.
*** Though it actually probably ''is'' exactly what the book states it to be - a reference to the patron saint of lepers and the diseased, as well as the famous leper colony named after him. [[GeniusBonus Bonus points]] when you realize that leprosy was once believed to have no possible cure, and most lepers were locked away in colonies to prevent them from transmitting the disease; in the books, being a half-turned vampire is incurable, and the members of the Order are basically isolating themselves from everyone in order to protect their loved ones from their curse.
** Earlier, Harry teases Thomas for dressing like the aging ElvisPresley, possibly MichaelJackson.
* When an enemy ''doesn't'' reveal his plan after capturing Harry, Harry later notes that the villain "must have read the EvilOverlordList."
* The Carpenters' house looks like something from ''Better Homes And Gardens'' magazine in front, and a Craftsman commercial in back.
** In contrast, the neighborhood where the Denarians keep Harry prisoner makes the Chicago of ''TheJungle'' look like something from ''MaryPoppins''.
* There's a shoutout to David Eddings' ''{{Belgariad}}''[[note]]Jim Butcher says Eddings was one of the authors which got him started on fantasy[[/note]] when Harry asks the Archive -- the living repository of all written and spoken information, in the body of a seven-year-old girl -- if her bodyguard Kincaid can be trusted. It's almost an exact quote.
-->"What about him?" I asked the Archive, and nodded towards Kincaid. "Can he be trusted?"
-->"Kincaid?" the girl asked, her voice whimsical. "Can you be trusted?"
-->"You're paid up through April," the man replied, his eyes still scanning the street. "After that, I might get a better offer."
-->"There," the girl said to me. "Kincaid can be trusted until April. He's an ethical man, in his way."
** Given that this is the ''Archive'' we're talking about, this is '''guaranteed''' to be an invoked example. Of ''course'' her voice was whimsical.
* ''Meeting'' the Archive reminds Harry of ''Series/TheTwilightZone'', specifically its adaptation of the short story "ItsAGoodLife".
* Harry to Thomas, about Raith Sr.: "Nice father figure. Him and Creator/BillCosby."
* Murphy mentions ''TheExorcist'' when discussing demons and Fallen with Harry.
* Harry hears [[TheRollingStones "Sympathy For The Devil"]] in his head [[spoiler: when he's burying Lasciel's coin.]]
* Nicodemus asks Harry if he's read [[Literature/TheBible Revelations]]; Harry says he hasn't in a while.
* Harry Dresden: self-proclaimed BruceLee of fun.
** Unless you ask him to chew and smile at the same time. "Do I look like JackieChan?"
** He's not [[Film/{{Alien}} Tom Skerritt]], either.
* "I'm a disciple the Tao of [[{{Spider-Man}} Peter Parker]]". When Nicodemus doesn't get it, Harry notes that he "must be a DCComics fan".
* Molly quips "[[TheWizardOfOz Surrender, Dorothy]]" when her mother scolds her.
* Harry sums up the troubles that are piling up on him in the style of ''[[ChristmasSongs The Twelve Days Of Christmas]]'', complete with partridge in a pear tree.
** [[RudolphTheRedNosedReindeer Rudolph the Brown-Nosed Reindeer]] acquires his nickname in this book, in another holiday-song reference.
* In a rare departure from his usual ''StarWars'' preferences, Harry raises an eyebrow, [[Series/StarTrekTheOriginalSeries Spock]]-like, while talking to Sanya.
** He later compliments Sanya for not dressing like a Renaissance festival like Michael, and points out that his Kalashnikov gives him a very CharltonHeston look for a Knight.
* ''Film/JamesBond'' references inevitably arise, what with Harry running around in a tux at the art auction.
** Of course, he lampshades how Bond never loses a shoe when he kicks a bad guy.
** Being Harry, he slips a "[[Theatre/LittleShopOfHorrors Feed me, Seymour]]" reference in among the spy gags.
** Also a [[Film/TheLordOfTheRings "my precious"]] quip, when they run into Marcone.
** JamesBond comes up again later, when Harry calls Susan "double oh seven" after she checks the ''Blue Beetle'' for car bombs.
* Sending Bob to scout Marcone's operation, Harry tells him he doesn't have to "go all David Niven" about it. David Niven starred in several spy movies.
* Butters tells Harry and Murphy they're welcome to "[[Series/TheXFiles Mulder out]]" an explanation for the condition of the body he's been examining.
* Harry doesn't have the heart to smack his Mickey Mouse alarm clock, because he couldn't live with someone who would hit MickeyMouse.
* "[[NurseryRhyme One little, two little, three little Denarians]]" doesn't scan quite as well as "Indians".
* The method of dueling which the Archive selects for Harry and Ortega -- forcing a ball of instant-death mordite back and forth with their minds -- is reminiscent of that infamously campaign-breaking DungeonsAndDragons artifact, the Sphere of Annihilation, which could also be pushed around by willpower.
* Mort quotes ''TheSixthSense'' on ''The Larry Fowler Show''. Harry, being less at-ease with being laughed at on-stage, finds himself thinking about ''{{Carrie}}'' and ''Literature/{{Firestarter}}''.
** Fowler, an obvious {{Expy}} of JerrySpringer - he's even ''called'' "Jerry" in an editing flub - is welcomed onto the stage with a near-identical name chant to ''The Jerry Springer Show'''s.
* Murphy is a monster-hunting [[NorseMythology Valkyrie]], according to Harry. Amusingly, this is the book in which an ''actual'' Valkyrie is introduced.
** One so glamorous, a ''Sports Illustrated'' bikini would look plain on her.
** And who plays "[[RichardWagner Ride of the Valkyries]]" [[GenreSavvy on request]], no less!
* Half-hysterical Harry quotes from ''{{Underdog}}'' at Shiro's BigDamnHeroes moment, then offers to switch to MightyMouse when nobody laughs.
* Harry's snarky "yippee ki yay" is either a sanitized ''Film/DieHard'' reference or a cowboy song quote, possibly ''Riders In The Sky''.
* The voice with which Ursiel forces Harry out of the soulgaze is louder than a {{Metallica}} concert.
** Harry uses a picture of MeatLoaf as a potion ingredient.
** Returning to the Carpenters' house, he knocks on the door and snarks that it's Donny and Marie, filling in for Salt-N-Pepa.
** He quotes Music/{{Queen}}'s "Bohemian Rhapsody" while kicking the crap out of [[spoiler: Cassius]].
** And he calls British thief Anna Valmont "[[Music/SpiceGirls Larceny Spice]]". Harry's music savvy presumably fossilized around the time he started shorting out radios.
* Dierdre is described by Harry as "the demented love child of [[ClassicalMythology Medusa]][[note]]Or perhaps the Marvel character who has prehensile hair[[/note]] and [[SpiderMan Doctor Octopus]]". He later calls her Madame Medusa to her face, but she's [[NeverHeardThatOneBefore far from impressed]].
** "Music/JoanJett hair" and "hairstyle by the [[WesternAnimation/LooneyTunes Tasmanian Devil]]" are a bit more original.
* Dierdre and Snakeboy together get tagged "[[WesternAnimation/{{Superfriends}} the wonder twins]]", and Nicodemus (presumably due to the trenchcoat) "[[HumphreyBogart Bogart]]".
** And Harry bluffs them by refusing to give them "[[Series/SesameStreet one, one detonator, ah, ah, ah]]", in an atrocious Transylvanian accent.
** Nicodemus later appears in a smoking jacket of [[Magazine/{{Playboy}} Hugh Hefner]] vintage.
*** In their conversation, Harry asks him if [[Creator/MarquisDeSade Ortho de Sade]] or [[ThoseWackyNazis Smokin' Joe Mengele, [=DDS=]]] is his dentist.
*** At the end, Harry quotes the Lord's Prayer to reject Nicodemus's offer of [[spoiler: Lasciel's coin]].
* Susan quips about how she's taken up [[Franchise/{{Superman}} leaping tall buildings in a single bound]].
* Harry calls Ortega's offer to make his home city a neutral territory "[[Film/{{Casablanca}} Chicago-blanca]]".
* The pistol Harry bought to replace one lost in the last book is, as he puts it, a DirtyHarry Callahan number.
** Susan threatens to crash the car if Harry quotes Creator/ClintEastwood, so of course he does.
* He gestures [[Series/WheelOfFortune Vanna White]]-style to Michael and Sanya.
* He teases little Harry Carpenter that the toddler shouldn't be antisocial, or he might become a recluse and [[CitizenKane wander around saying "Woahse-Bud"]].