Jared Kincaid, also named Hellhound, is a scion of a human and a demon. He is a mercenary and the bodyguard and driver for the Archive, Ivy. He first appears in Death Masks.


In Death Masks, we first meet Kincaid when he brought the Archive to Harry Dresden's apartment. He's introduced as driver, bodyguard, and babysitter—and he claims he's trustworthy because he's paid up through April and might find a better offer by then. Ivy says he's ethical in his way.[1]

He used Dragon's Breath rounds against Red Court vampires at the Wrigley Field duel. Kincaid said they were incendiary rounds and he'd turn Dresden onto the guy he knew.[2][3]

He is super-humanly strong. He cannot see in the dark, but he can see active IR systems with his unaided eyes. He has overcome the issues with the human nervous system that impede accurate shooting, and so has never been known to miss a target. His ability to recover from vicious injuries is greater than a wizard's, and he does not seem to age, as he still appears in his middle years despite reaching maturity centuries ago.

In Blood Rites, Dresden confronts Kincaid on whether he's human, then calls him a liar when Kincaid says he is. Dresden comments that Kincaid shoots and never misses. Plain humans miss sometimes. Dresden saw Kincaid hit every target he aimed for at the fight in Wrigley Field in Death Masks.[4][3]

Dresden sees Kincaid through his Sight. Kincaid appears as an enormous, malformed man with curled horns and bat-like wings coming out from his shoulders and dragging on the ground behind him.[5]

At this point, Kincaid starts to be known as the Hound of Hell, or just the Hellhound.[6]


In Blood Rites, it turns out that Kincaid is a scion, the child of a demon and a human. He is centuries old, and worked as the right arm and assassin for Vlad Drakul.[6]

Ebenezar McCoy and Kincaid are bitterly opposed to each other. Kincaid knows of McCoy's position as the Blackstaff of the White Council and about Casaverde.[7] McCoy threatened to kill Kincaid on sight for the latter's actions in Istanbul in the 19th century.[6]

In Small Favor, Kincaid worked for Ivy's grandmother and Ivy's mother confided in him before she killed herself, but it was not Kincaid she was in love with.[8]

In the seriesEdit

Death MasksEdit

In Death Masks, at the meeting of the seconds, he plays the role of the emissary since it is past the current the Archive's bedtime.[9]

Fighting erupts at the duel between Paolo Ortega and Harry Dresden and vampires charge the field. In the melee, Kincaid scoops up the Archive and races to the dugout. Along the way he whips out a gun so fast his arm blurs and he pops the vampire between the eyes, then into its belly, all with perfect aim while running and carrying a child. He incinerates two vamps with specially loaded shotgun from the dugout with perfect aim. Smoothly pulls out a new gun, shoots a vamp leaping at him, spins and literally puts a shot down a vampires throat that was charging him from behind. — When The Archive asks him who broke the sanctity of the duel first, he said he couldn't tell but Dresden was winning.[3]

Afterward, Dresden asks him about his weapons, Kincaid says they're incendiary rounds, good for vamps, but the heat warps the guns and the second shot can blow back on you. It's necessary to use throw-away guns, he knows a guy, he'll have him call Dresden.[3]

Blood RitesEdit

In Blood Rites, Harry Dresden hires him as part of a small team to take out Mavra's scourge of Black Court vampires. Kincaid warns Dresden that if he reneged on the money he'd have to protect his business interests. Dresden reminds him of his death curse—Kincaid says not a problem, he'd use a rifle at a thousand yards.[4]

Dead BeatEdit

In Dead Beat, Kincaid went on vacation with Karrin Murphy to Hawaii;[10] he gave her an FN P-90 personal defense weapon in a box of Belgium chocolates.[11] The P90 makes its first appearance in the battle of the Deeps.[12]

Small FavorEdit

In Small Favor he is gravely injured while defending Ivy from the Denarians.[13] He proved to be a match for several of them, most impressively achieving a killshot on both Denarians restraining Harry Dresden with a single bullet.[14]


In Changes, Harry Dresden contacted Ivy through writing a note, asking for information on where Maggie was being held. Kincaid calls Dresden for Ivy and acts a go between over the phone.[15]

Ghost StoryEdit

In Ghost Story, Harry Dresden realizes that Murphy has not used him as a resource to track possible shooters of Dresden because she fears it might be him.[16] Kincaid did actually shoot Dresden at the latter's own request.[17]


  1. Death Masks, ch. 10
  2. Small Favor, ch. 43
  3. 3.0 3.1 3.2 3.3 Death Masks, ch. 30
  4. 4.0 4.1 Blood Rites, ch. 10
  5. Blood Rites, ch. 31
  6. 6.0 6.1 6.2 Blood Rites, ch. 35
  7. Blood Rites, ch. 30
  8. Small Favor, ch. 46
  9. Death Masks, ch. 17
  10. Dead Beat, ch. 1, 15 & 43
  11. White Night, ch. 43
  12. White Night, ch. 39
  13. Small Favor, ch. 34-35
  14. Small Favor, ch. 33
  15. Changes, ch. 19
  16. Ghost Story, ch. 19
  17. Ghost Story, ch. 49