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Grave Peril – Jim Butcher – Subterranean Press

Harry Dresden’s faced some pretty terrifying foes during his career. Giant scorpions. Oversexed vampires. Psychotic werewolves. It comes with the territory when you’re the only professional wizard in the Chicago area phone book.

But in all Harry’s years of supernatural sleuthing, he’s never faced anything like this: the spirit world’s gone postal. All over Chicago, ghosts are causing trouble — and not just of the door-slamming, boo-shouting variety. These ghosts are tormented, violent, and deadly. Someone — or something — is purposely stirring them up to wreak unearthly havoc.

But why? And why do so many of the victims have ties to Harry? If Harry doesn’t figure it out soon, he could wind up a ghost himself….

Subterranean Press have slowly been working through the publishing of ‘The Dresden Files’ – this is their edition of the 3rd volume in the series and was published in 2010. Vincent Chong returns to provide the jacket and interior illustrations. As is normal for these editions there is no ISBN assigned to this volume.

Provided in two separate editions:

  • Limited – 500 hundred copies signed by the author to a special limitation page. As is normal for Subterranean Press there are also an unknown number of additional copies marked ‘PC’ (Presentation Copy). Fully bound in grey cloth with red titling to the spine, this originally retailed for $75 

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  • Lettered – 26 copies signed on a special limitation page by the author, bound in cloth and white leather and provided in a custom tray-case.

As with previous volumes in the series the book is long sold out at the publisher (with the lettered edition sold out before publication!). The limited edition is pretty uncommon with only a few copies available online at any one time and commands a price in excess of £200. Unsurprisingly the lettered edition is even rarer and if you can find a copy then a realistic price would be £500 and up.

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Backup – Jim Butcher – Subterranean Press

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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