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Jim Butcher
s author of the Dresden Files series

Website Edit

Jim Butcher | The Online Site For Everything Jim

About the Author Edit

Jim Butcher is the author of the Dresden Files, the Codex Alera, and a new steampunk series, the Cinder Spires. His resume includes a laundry list of skills which were useful a couple of centuries ago, and he plays guitar quite badly. An avid gamer, he plays tabletop games in varying systems, a variety of video games on PC and console, and LARPs whenever he can make time for it. Jim currently resides mostly inside his own head, but his head can generally be found in his home town of Independence, Missouri. ~ More: About Jim | Jim Butcher

A martial arts enthusiast whose resume includes a long list of skills rendered obsolete at least two hundred years ago, Jim Butcher turned to writing as a career because anything else probably would have driven him insane. He lives with his wife, his son, and a ferocious guard dog. ~ Jim Butcher–FF

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Urban Fantasy, Epic Fantasy, Steampunk, RPG

Writing StyleEdit

Series Edit

Series Title Sub Genre Supernatural Elements
Dresden Files series UF Magic, Wizards, Fae, Vamps, Shape-shifters, Denarians, lots more
Codex Alera Epic Fantasy
Cinder Spires Trilogy Steampunk
Darkest Hours (2006) Spider-Man novel

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Anthologies and Shorts Edit

Shorts — in Side Jobs:

~ Side Jobs: contents and summaries: Side Jobs (Short Stories) | Jim Butcher

Shorts — Not in Side Jobs:

  • 0.5. “Welcome to the Jungle”: Graphic novel (2008)
  • 2.5. “B is for Bigfoot” in Under My Hat: Tales From the Cauldron: (Aug 28, 2012) — between Fool Moon and Grave Peril.
  • 6.5. “I Was A Teenage Bigfoot”: Blood Lite 3: Aftertaste (May 29, 2012) — Takes place circa Dead Beat.
  • 10.5. “Curses”: Naked City: Tales of Urban Fantasy (July 2011) [w: Harry] — between Small Favor & Turn Coat.
  • AAA Wizardry:
  • 11.2. “Even Hand”: Dark and Stormy Knights : (Jul 2010) [Dresdenverse, no Harry] — between Turn Coat & Changes (Marcone PoV)
  • 11.9. “Bigfoot on Campus”: Hex Appeal : (Jun 5, 2012) — between Turn Coat & Changes.
  • 13.1. “Bombshells”,”: Dangerous Women (Dec 3, 2013) — between Ghost Story and Cold Days (Molly POV short story)

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Bigfoot seires of shorts:Edit

  • “I Was A Teenage Bigfoot” (5/29/2012) — from Blood Lite 3: Aftertaste, edited by Kevin J. Anderson. — Takes place circa Dead Beat.
  • “Bigfoot on Campus” (6/05/2012) — from Hex Appeal, edited by P.N. Elrod. — Takes place between Turn Coat and Changes.
  • “B is for Bigfoot” (8/28/2012) — from Under My Hat: Tales From the Cauldron, edited by Jonathan Strahan. — Takes place between Fool Moon and Grave Peril.

~ Source:  Jim Butcher’s Trilogy of Bigfoot Stories | KD DID IT

Cover Art: ArtistEdit

Dresden Files Artist: Chris McGrath — Website: Chris

More about Jim Edit

Jim Butcher read his first fantasy novel when he was seven years old-- the Lion, the Witch, and the Wardrobe. By the time he turned eight, he'd added the rest of the Narnia books, the Prydain Chronicles, every book about Star Wars he could find, a great many Star Trek novels and the Lord of the Rings to his count.

So he was pretty much doomed from the start.

Love of fantasy, his personal gateway drug, drew him toward a fairly eclectic spread of interests: horseback riding (including trick riding, stunt riding, drill riding, and competitive stunt racing), archery, martial arts, costuming, music and theater. He played a lot of role- playing games, a lot of fantasy-based tactical computer games, and eventually got into live-action roleplay where players beat each other up with boffer weapons.

So, really, he can fly his nerd flag with pretty much anyone, and

frequently does. He took up writing to be able to produce fantasy novels with swords and horses in them, and determinedly wrote terrible fantasy books until, just to prove a point to his writing teacher, he decided to take every piece of her advice; fill out outlines and worksheets, and design stories and characters just the way she'd been telling him to do for about three years. He was certain that once she saw what hideous art it produced, she would be proven wrong and repent the error of her ways. The result was the Dresden Files, which sure showed *her*.

She has not yet admitted her mistake and recanted her philosophy on

writing. Jim has performed in dramas, musicals, and vocal groups in front of live audiences of thousands and on TV. He has performed exhibition riding in multiple arenas, and fallen from running horses a truly ridiculous number of times. He was once cursed by an Amazon witch doctor in rural Brazil, has apparently begun writing about himself in the third person, and is hardly ever sick at sea.

He also writes books occasionally.

Jim stands accused of writing the Dresden Files and the Codex Alera. He's plead insanity, but the jury is still out on that one. He lives in Missouri with his wife, romantic suspense and paranormal romance writer Shannon K. Butcher (who is really pretty and way out of his league), his son, and a ferocious guard dog. ~ Jim Butcher

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Notes Edit

Jim goes by the moniker Longshot in a number of online locales. He came by this name in the early 1990′s when he decided he would become a published author. Usually only 3 in 1000 who make such an attempt actually manage to become published; of those, only 1 in 10 make enough money to call it a living. The sale of a second series was the breakthrough that let him beat the long odds against attaining a career as a novelist. ~ About Jim | Jim Butcher

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