Let’s get something clear right up front.

I’m not Harry Dresden.

Harry’s a wizard. A genuine, honest-to-goodness wizard. He’s Gandalf on crack and an IV of Red Bull, with a big leather coat and a .44 revolver in his pocket. He’ll spit in the eye of gods and demons alike if he thinks it needs to be done, and to hell with the consequences–and yet somehow my little brother manages to remain a decent human being.

I’ll be damned if I know how.

But then, I’ll be damned regardless. My name is Thomas Raith, and I’m a monster.

So begins “Backup,” a twelve thousand word novelette set in Jim Butcher s ultra-popular Dresden Files series. This time Harry’s in trouble he knows nothing about, and it’s up to his big brother Thomas to track him down and solve those little life-threatening difficulties without his little brother even noticing.

A novelette set in the Dresden Files universe, this story also appears in the later released ‘Side Jobs’ anthology. Originally published in hardcover (ISBN:978-1-59606-182-8) by Subterranean Press in October 2008 it comes in three different variants:

  • Trade – Fully bound in green cloth with cover (and interior illustrations by Mike Mignola – of Hellboy fame) originally retailing for $20. Two printings of this variant were produced with the rarer 1st printing identified by the words ‘First Edition’ on the copyright page.

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  • Limited – 500 numbered copies signed on a special limitation page by the author, and bound in white leather. Originally retailing for $45 this variant shares the same cover and interior artwork as the trade edition.

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  • Lettered – 26 signed, lettered copies specially bound, housed in a custom tray case.

The 1st printing of the trade edition (unsurprisingly) is more sought after than the 2nd printing and will fetch £50-£60 depending on condition with the 2nd printing fetching just half that.

The limited edition commands higher prices, expect to pay in excess of £200 for a good copy.

I haven’t been able to find a copy of the lettered edition available for sale so can’t provide any information on the likely prices.

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