Short Stories

Jim Butcher has written five short stories to accompany the series: "A Restoration of Faith," "Vignette," and "Something Borrowed." The first two were only published on his website, Jim-Butcher.com. The third was published in the short story collection My Big Fat Supernatural Wedding, and the fourth and fifth will be published in Many Bloody Returns and My Big Fat Supernatural Honeymoon.

A Restoration of Faith

"A Restoration of Faith" takes place during Harry's period of working for private investigator Nicholas Christian of Ragged Angel Investigations. Fans can read it for free on Jim Butcher's website. Over the course of the story, Harry tracks down wealthy family's runaway daughter, meets then-beat cop Karrin Murphy, fights and kills a bridge troll, and gets kicked in the shins a bunch of times.

Vignette

"Vignette" was written to promote the series, with no specific time frame in mind. Fans can read it for free on Jim Butcher's website. The story consists of banter between Harry and Bob as they discuss amending Harry's ad in the yellow pages. Bob's suggestions are less than helpful.

Something Borrowed

"Something Borrowed" was published in the short story collection My Big Fat Supernatural Wedding, edited by P.N. Elrod. It takes place in the Spring or early Summer between Dead Beat and Proven Guilty, and it chronicles the marriage of two members of the Alphas, Billy Borden and his long-time girlfriend Georgia.

Events quickly get out of hand when Maeve and Jenny Greenteeth of the Winter Court attempt to derail the marriage in retaliation for Billy and Georgia's actions in Summer Knight. The failed coup is referenced in Proven Guilty, which was actually published several months before the short story.

It's My Birthday Too

Jim has another Dresden short story in the collection Many Bloody Returns, involving many of the authors that contributed to My Big Fat Supernatural Wedding, edited by Charlaine Harris and Toni Kelner. The prompts for this anthology are "a vampire" and "a birthday." The cover is viewable on Harris' website, and it is available for preorder on Amazon, due out September 4th.

Amazon.com summary:

New York Times bestselling author Jim Butcher's crime-solving wizard Harry Dresden, of the Dresden Files novels, heads to a role-playing party to give his vampire brother a birthday present in "It's My Birthday Too," only to discover there are some bloodthirsty party crashers who don't share their brotherly love.

Heorot

(pronounced "hay oh roht")

Jim contributed another Dresden story to My Big Fat Supernatural Honeymoon, sequel anthology to My Big Fat Supernatural Wedding, though the story is not a sequel to Something Borrowed. In this story, Harry is asked by Mac to help find a new bride who vanished from a beer festival hours before her honeymoon was due to begin. As Harry and Mouse start tracking the bride, they cross paths with John Marcone's assistant, Ms. Gard. Gard, it develops, knows what stole the bride—and is, in fact, the monster's hereditary enemy. The bride has only hours to live…assuming Harry, Gard and Mouse can reach her in time. But first they have to reach the monster's lair in Undertown. And then, once they save the girl, they'll have to save themselves.

"Heorot" is alluded to in Small Favor, for Harry calls Gard by her first name (which he learns in "Heorot") and Gard herself refers to the story:

She made an effort to smile at me. “We…we worked well together at the beer festival. You’re a professional. I respect that.”

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