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Literature / The Dresden Files

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"My name is Harry Blackstone Copperfield Dresden. Conjure by it at your own risk. When things get strange, when what goes bump in the night flicks on the lights, when no one else can help you, give me a call. I'm in the book."
Harry Dresden

A horror/fantasy/mystery series of novels, fifteen and counting plus associated short stories and comic miniseries and the like, by Jim Butcher. Harry Dresden is a wizard and private detective operating out of modern day Chicago, and reluctantly hired by a special police task force as a consultant on supernatural crimes. The Genre Savvy protagonist cracks jokes about the Urban Fantasy-Dungeon Punk setting and the tropes it uses. Adapted into a drama series on the Sci Fi Channel. There's also a tabletop RPG, which is much more faithful to the books, as it's written from the characters' perspective.

Harry meets a wide variety of characters in the series, including Karrin Murphy, the Action Girl cop who's aware of the city's supernatural underworld; Bob, a spirit of intellect who lives in a skull—human-shaped ghost in the television series—is Harry's literal Magical Computer; Michael Carpenter, a modern-day paladin wielding a holy sword; Billy the Werewolf and his pack of Alphas (a group of young heroic wannabes); Thomas Raith, the Loveable Rogue incubus White Court vampire; Harry's on-and-off love interest reporter Susan Rodriguez; and Molly Carpenter, Michael's oldest daughter and Harry's apprentice. Like many detective stories, Harry meets a ridiculous number of femmes fatales, crime bosses, and hired goons, which is frequently lampshaded in the series.

There are currently 15 novels in the series:
  1. Storm Front (April 1, 2000)
  2. Fool Moon (January 1, 2001)
  3. Grave Peril (September 1, 2001)
  4. Summer Knight (September 3, 2002)
  5. Death Masks (August 5, 2003)
  6. Blood Rites (August 3, 2004)
  7. Dead Beat (May 3, 2005)
  8. Proven Guilty (May 2, 2006)
  9. White Night (April 3, 2007)
  10. Small Favor (April 1, 2008)
  11. Turn Coat (April 2009)
  12. Changes (April 6, 2010)
  13. Ghost Story (July 26th, 2011)
  14. Cold Days (November 27, 2012)
  15. Skin Game (May 27, 2014)
  16. Peace Talks (TBA)
  17. Mirror Mirror (TBA)

Novels 1 - 9 have been collected in 4 different omnibus editions; books one and two have also been put out in comic form.

Additionally, there are 16 short stories published in various collections:
  1. "Restoration of Faith"
  2. "Publicity and Advertising" (listed as "Vignette" in Side Jobs and the website)
  3. "Something Borrowed" (published in My Big Fat Supernatural Wedding)
  4. "It's My Birthday, Too" (published in Many Bloody Returns)
  5. "Heorot" (published in My Big Fat Supernatural Honeymoon)
  6. "Day Off" (published in Blood Lite)
  7. "Last Call" (published in Strange Brew)
  8. "AAAA Wizardry" (published in the Our World RPG Book)
  9. "Even Hand" (published in Dark and Stormy Knights)
  10. "Love Hurts" (published in Songs of Love and Death)
  11. "Curses" (published in Naked City: Tales of Urban Fantasy)
  12. "B is for Bigfoot" (Published in Under My Hat: Tales from the Cauldron)
  13. "I Was a Teenage Bigfoot" (Published in Blood Lite 3: Aftertaste)
  14. "Bigfoot on Campus" (Published in Hex Appeal)
  15. "Bombshells" (Published in Dangerous Women)
  16. "Jury Duty" (Published in Unbound)
  17. "Cold Case" (To Be Published in Shadowed Souls)
  18. "Day One" (TBA)

As well as 3 novellas:
  1. Backup (published by itself)
  2. "The Warrior" (published in Mean Streets)
  3. Aftermath (published in Side Jobs)

Plus five graphic novel stories:
  1. Welcome To The Jungle (set right before Storm Front)
  2. Ghoul Goblin (set after Fool Moon)
  3. War Cry (set between Dead Beat and Proven Guilty)
  4. Down Town (set after White Night)
  5. Wild Card

The short stories from "Restoration of Faith" to "Last Call" (as well as "Love Hurts") and all the novellas have been collected in an anthology called Side Jobs released October, 2010. As for the rest, Butcher has promised that all of the short stories and novellas would be available in collected form, so as he put it, he'll just have to write enough short stories to get another anthology. It will be called Brief Cases.

Word of God says that the series will have at least twenty books, which will then be capped off by an apocalyptic trilogy. Because, to quote the author, "Who doesn't love apocalyptic trilogies?" In August 2011, he also hinted that the titles of the final three books would be "Stars and Stones," "Hell's Bells," and "Empty Night," because "they're called curses for a reason."

As of EasterCon 2015, a spinoff novel centered around Maggie and Mouse is apparently in the works.

In addition to the page links at the top, there is also a shout out page. The recap page is under major construction, so help with it would be appreciated.

Due to length, the trope list has been split off to subpages:

Alternative Title(s): Dresden Files