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The Dresden Files is a contemporary urban fantasy series of novels by author Jim Butcher. They are told in first person narrative by the human wizard and private investigator Harry Dresden, who tells of his investigations into supernatural disturbances in modern-day Chicago. So far, the series consists of fifteen novels, along with several novelettes and short stories.

It has been adapted into a television series: The Dresden Files.

Chronology[edit | edit source]

The internal chronology of the Files is as follows:[1]

No. Title Type Publication date Note Collection/Omnibus
0.1 "A Fistful of Warlocks" short story 2017.07.04 Originally released in the collection: Straight Outta Thombstone Brief Cases (2018)
0.2 "Restoration of Faith" short story & comic book 2004.00.00 Also available on Side Jobs [short story]

Dabel Brothers Showcase 2009 (Free Comic Book Day) [comic]

0.3 Welcome to the Jungle comic book series & graphic novel 2008.10.21 Welcome to the Jungle was originally released as a four-part, monthly comic mini-series by Dabel Brothers Publishing, April - July, 2008.
1 Storm Front novel & graphic novel 2000.04.01 The graphic novel was originally released as a 4 part comic by Dynamite Wizard for Hire [novel]
2 Fool Moon novel & graphic novel 2001.01.09 The graphic novel was originally released as an 8 part comic by Dynamite Wizard for Hire [novel]
2.1 Ghoul Goblin graphic novel 2013.12.17 Ghoul Goblin was originally released as a 6 issue comic by Dynamite
2.2 "B is for Bigfoot" short story 2012.08.28 Originally released in the collection: Under My Hat: Tales From the Cauldron
3 Grave Peril novel 2001.09.04 Wizard for Hire
4 Summer Knight novel 2002.09.03 Wizard By Trade
5 Death Masks novel 2003.08.05 Wizard By Trade
5.1 Publicity and Advertising vignette/microfiction 2010.12.26 Also available on Side Jobs (2010)
6 Blood Rites novel 2004.08.01 Wizard at Large
7 Dead Beat novel 2005.05.03 Wizard at Large
7.1 "I Was a Teenage Bigfoot" short story 2012.05.29 Originally released in the collection: Blood Lite 3: Aftertaste
7.2 War Cry graphic novel 2014.10.29 War cry was originally released as a 5 issue comic by Dynamite
7.3 Something Borrowed short story 2006.10.03 Originally released in the collection: My Big Fat Supernatural Wedding (2006) Side Jobs (2010)
8 Proven Guilty novel 2006.02.01 Wizard Under Fire
9 White Night novel 2007.04.03 Wizard Under Fire
9.1 Down Town graphic novel 2015.09.23 6 Part comic issue from Dynamite.
9.2 "It's My Birthday, Too" short story 2007.09.04 Originally released in the collection: Many Bloody Returns (2007) Side Jobs (2010)
9.3 "AAAA Wizardry" short story 2010.12.00 placement based on the fact the DFRPG is written in-universe prior to Turn Coat, and Paranet is planned after White Night
  • DFRPG Volume Two: Our World
  • Brief Cases (2018)
9.4 "Heorot" short story 2007.12.26 Originally released in the collection: My Big Fat Supernatural Honeymoon (2008) Side Jobs (2010)
10 Small Favor novel 2008.04.01
10.1 Backup novelette 2008.10.01 Thomas Raith's POV
10.2 Wild Card graphic novel 2016.10.25 6 part comic issue from Dynamite. Dynamite Comics
10.3 Mike vignette/microfiction 2020.01.07 [1] (2020)
10.4 Dog Men graphic novel 2018.02.13 6 Part comic issue from Dynamite.
10.5 "Day Off" short story 2008.10.21 Originally released in the collection: Blood Lite (2008) Side Jobs (2010)
10.6 The Warrior novelette 2009.01.06
10.7 "Curses" short story 2011.07.05
10.8 "Last Call" short story 2009.07.07
11 Turn Coat novel 2009.04.07
11.1 "Journal" vignette/microfiction 2020.02.04 [2] (2020)
11.2 "Bigfoot on Campus" short story 2012.06.05 Originally released in the collection: Hex Appeal (2012)
  • Working for Bigfoot (2015)
  • Brief Cases (2018)
11.3 "Even Hand" short story 2010.07.20 John Marcone's POV
11.4 "Love Hurts" short story 2010.11.16
12 Changes novel 2010.04.06
12.1 "Goodbye" vignette/microfiction 2020.03.10 Jared Kincaid's POV [3] (2020)
12.2 Aftermath novelette 2010.10.26 Karrin Murphy's POV Side Jobs (2010) (exclusive)
12.3 Side Jobs anthology 2010.10.26 (2010)
13 Ghost Story novel 2011.07.26
13.1 Bombshells novelette 2013.12.03 Molly Carpenter's POV
  • "Dangerous Women," edited by George R. R. Martin and Gardner Dozois (2013)
  • Brief Cases (2018)
14 Cold Days novel 2012.11.27
14.1 "Cold Case" short story 2016.11.01 Molly Carpenter's POV; available as an ebook
15 Skin Game novel 2014.05.27
15.1 "Day One" short story 2016.11.21 Waldo Butters's POV; available as an ebook
  • Unfettered II, edited by Shawn Speakman (2016)
  • Brief Cases (2018)
15.2 "Zoo Day" short story 2018.06.05 Harry Dresden's, Maggie Dresden's and Mouse's POV Brief Cases (2018) (exclusive)
15.3 "Jury Duty" short story 2016.02.16 available as an ebook
  • Unbound, edited by Shawn Speakman (2015)
  • Brief Cases (2018)
15.4 "Monsters" short story 2019.10.08 Published in the anthology Parallel Worlds.
15.5 "Job Placement" vignette/microfiction 2020.05.05 Irwin Pounder's POV [4] (2020)

[5] (2020)

15.6 Brief Cases anthology 2018.06.05 (2018)
15.7 "Everything the Light Touches" Microfiction / comic 2020.08.04 Mister's POV. Released as a "Dresden Drop" on Jim's Blog
16 Peace Talks novel 2020.07.14
17 Battle Ground Novel 2020.9.29
17.1 "Christmas Eve" short story 2019.12.25 Available on
Included as an epilogue of Peace Talks.
17.2 "The Good People" microfiction 2020.12.21 Available on

Diagram of chronological order

Note: The chronology of the works between Small Favor and Turn Coat is not clear, and it is presumed to follow the order in Side Jobs.

Note: It was originally planned for the Dresden Files to contain 20 Case Files and finish off with a Big Apocalyptic Trilogy. However, Butcher has stated in several signing sessions that the events of Changes were supposed to have happened in book 10, and that case files might run up 25 books instead of just 23.[2]

The Science Fiction Book Club released four Dresden Files hardcover omnibuses, which include the novels from Storm Front to White Night.

Omnibuses[edit | edit source]

No. Title Includes
1–3 Wizard for Hire Storm Front, Fool Moon, and Grave Peril
4, 5 Wizard By Trade Summer Knight and Death Masks
6, 7 Wizard at Large Blood Rites and Dead Beat
8, 9 Wizard Under Fire Proven Guilty and White Night

References[edit | edit source]

  1. The Dresden Files Series - Goodreads
  2. FAQ -

External links[edit | edit source]

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