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Backup by Jim Butcher

Backup cover
Trade Edition (1st printing) SOLD OUT
  • ISBN: 978-1-59606-182-8
  • Length: 72 pages


Illustrated by Mike Mignola

Let's get something clear right up front.

I'm not Harry Dresden.

Harry's a wizard. A genuine, honest-to-goodness wizard. He's Gandalf on crack and an IV of Red Bull, with a big leather coat and a .44 revolver in his pocket. He'll spit in the eye of gods and demons alike if he thinks it needs to be done, and to hell with the consequences—and yet somehow my little brother manages to remain a decent human being.

I'll be damned if I know how.

But then, I'll be damned regardless.

My name is Thomas Raith, and I'm a monster.

So begins “Backup” a twelve thousand word novelette set in Jim Butcher's ultra-popular Dresden Files series. This time Harry's in trouble he knows nothing about, and it's up to his big brother Thomas to track him down and solve those little life-threatening difficulties without his little brother even noticing.

Backup will be available via Subterranean Press in two unique editions:

Lettered: 26 signed lettered copies, specially bound, housed in a custom traycase
Limited: 500 signed numbered copies, bound in leather
Trade: full cloth bound hardcover copies

From Booklist:
“One of the fine supporting cast of the dark-fantasy mystery series the Dresden Files here gets his moment in the spotlight… Thomas has to work without Harry noticing him, which is difficult, given how sensitive Harry's gotten. Practiced rogue Thomas manages somehow in this satisfying novella.”

From SFFWORLD.COM:
Backup is a solid entry to the background of the Dresden Files, a terrific story in and of itself, and the book itself looks to be a great collector's item for both fans of Butcher's Dresden Files or of good storytelling matched up with terrific art. Obviously from what my review says, I'd highly recommend Backup.”

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