Dresden Files
Winter Court

Malks are a kind of faerie, allied with the Winter Court.


Harry Dresden
Malks are stronger than natural animals, quick, almost invisible when they want to be, and their claws are sharper and harder than surgical steel. I once saw a malk shred an aluminum baseball bat to slivers. And if that wasn’t enough, they’re sentient. Smarter than some people I know.
Od’s bodkin. Can you handle them?
Harry Dresden
They don’t like fire, but in an enclosed space like this, I don’t like it much, either.
Can we treat with them? Buy passage?
Harry Dresden
They’ll keep their word, like any fae, if you can get them to give it in the first place. But think of how cats enjoy hunting, even when they aren’t hungry. Think about how they toy with their prey sometimes. Then distill that joyful little killer instinct out of every cat in Chicago and pour it all into one malk. They’re to cats what Hannibal Lecter is to people.
— Harry Dresden and Ms. Gard on Malks[1]

They are about the size of a bobcat (sixty or seventy pounds), with feline characteristics. They tend to be found in groups of at least twenty to not be overpowered by adversaries.[1] They possess a raspy speech with odd inflections and unsettling intonations. Like all faeries, they are vulnerable to iron. They also dislike fire. They mark their territories with scratches on the walls.[1] Their voices are extremely unsettling when they speak.[2]

The name 'malk' probably comes from the word 'malkin,' which is an archaic word for a cat. Also, 'Grimalkin' (or 'Greymalkin') is the name of a cat-like faerie creature in Scottish lore.[Footnote 1]

In the series[]

Summer Knight[]

In Summer Knight, Harry Dresden and Billy Borden were met and escorted by Grimalkin to the Winter Lady, Maeve.[3]


In "Heorot", Harry Dresden creates an Illusion to get Gard and himself past a pack of malk by looking like them.[1]

Cold Days[]

In Cold Days, a malk attacks Harry Dresden during one of his physiotherapy sessions.[4]

Later, Mab assigns Cat Sith to Dresden as an assistant, and his voice deeply disturbs Molly Carpenter.[2]



  1. 1.0 1.1 1.2 1.3 "Heorot"
  2. 2.0 2.1 Cold Days, ch. 20
  3. Summer Knight, ch. 14
  4. Cold Days, ch. 01

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