A Rawhead is a creature of the Winter Court. It first appears in Cold Days.


A Rawhead is a creature, a parasite, that "assembles itself out of discarded bones and flesh of slaughtered hogs and cattle." They eat what they could catch usually starting with pets and then schoolchildren and then hunting adult humans. They had to be caught early to be shut down.[1]

Rawhead is huge with a shuffling gait, doubled over under a large grey cape. He had large strides, long arms spread out to either side on the floor. His hands had only three fingers, too thick and a couple of feet long—glistening in red. Under his hood, he had a flat, broad, skull-like head, also glistening in red. It's eyes were very wide and white with only tiny black dots. It was as though flesh and muscle were plastered onto a bone framework with no skin covering it—it dripped ichor.[1]

It was huge, about twelve feet tall and larger that a couple of steers, weighing at least a ton.[2]

Rawheads are parasites[2] and were more common when every farm and village did some slaughtering everyday. It looked like a bizarre collection of bones dripping fresh blood. Its skull was from some big animal like a rhino and had luminous lights in its empty eye sockets. It breathed wheezily and roared.[2]

In the seriesEdit

Cold DaysEdit

In Cold Days, a Rawhead acts as one of Redcap's backup thugs, along with a snow ogre at Mab's birthday party for Harry Dresden.[1]

On Demonreach, the Rawhead is part of Maeve's coterie while she is part of the ritual trying to defeat the Demonreach Entitiy. Redcap had its hand on one shoulder, Rawhead on the other and eight other sidhe behind them acting as a power pyramid.[3] Dresden and Fix, charged Maeve's coterie including the Rawhead. There was a subsequent battle that included Mouse, Karrin Murphy and Thomas Raith.[4] After Mab's arrival, and the Faerie Ladies' death, Dresden orders Redcap and the Rawhead to release his friends and return what they took and leave without violence.[5]


  1. 1.0 1.1 1.2 Cold Days, ch. 6
  2. 2.0 2.1 2.2 Cold Days, ch. 50
  3. Cold Days, ch. 47
  4. Cold Days, ch. 50 and 52
  5. Cold Days, ch. 53

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