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Announcing: Shadowed Souls by Jim Butcher & Kerrie L. Hughes

Shadowed Souls

It is snowing in Seattle.

For the rest of the country, this might not seem like news. But here at Grim Oak Press, we are watching the snowflakes fall and loving every one of them. It doesn’t snow here often and, when it does, we like to blanket-snuggle with a good book.

Before I grab that book and head for the couch, I decided it is the perfect day to announce a new Grim Oak Press project, one that has been in the wintry works for some time. Shadowed Souls edited by Jim Butcher & Kerrie L. Hughes is a new anthology featuring some of the best writers working right now. It is dark, it is gritty, and it features a new Dresden Files story with Winter Lady Molly Carpenter as the POV character. Penguin/Roc only published the book as a trade paperback though a few weeks ago and it just doesn’t look right on my Jim Butcher bookshelf. The OCD part of my nature itched and I decided to acquire the book’s rights.

As you can see, we’ve already been working on it. Long-time Dresden Files artist Chris McGrath has lent his talents to the project, painting a new cover for the book. And isn’t it gorgeous?! On the cover is Molly Carpenter — the Winter Lady — using magic in her story’s chilly setting of Unalaska, Alaska.

There are two different editions of Shadowed Souls:


  • Limited to 52 copies
  • Signed by Jim Butcher, Kerrie L. Hughes, and artist Chris McGrath
  • Sewn-in black ribbon
  • Leather-bound with no dust jacket
  • Interior graphics art by Nate Taylor
  • Double-page full-color Chris McGrath artwork within book
  • Book housed within a beautiful “Winter Lady” clamshell case
  • Publishing: December 2017


  • Limited to 500 numbered copies
  • Signed by Jim Butcher, Kerrie L. Hughes, and artist Chris McGrath
  • Cloth-bound with beautiful wrap-around cover by Chris McGrath
  • Interior graphics art by Nate Taylor
  • Publishing: December 2017

And who contributed to Shadowed Souls? The list of writers is: Jim Butcher, Seanan McGuire, Rob Thurman, Kevin J. Anderson, Tanya Huff, Kat Richardson, Jim C. Hines, Anton Strout, Lucy A. Snyder, Kristine Kathryn Rusch, and Erik Scott de Bie!

Jim Butcher will receive the signature pages first later this week. Then they will go to Kerrie L. Hughes and on to Chris McGrath. This should not take long. The book may publish before December 2017 but I decided to give us some breathing room. If it comes in early, great.

I am super excited about this book! If you have any questions, feel free to pose them in the comments field below or reach out to me. I’m always around.

Happy Winter Monday!


10 thoughts on “Announcing: Shadowed Souls by Jim Butcher & Kerrie L. Hughes

  1. Signed and numbered ordered. The lettered sounds very nice, but I’m not familiar enough with the material to be able to stretch that far. I’m sure Jim Butcher fans will love that edition though.

  2. Ordered.
    Hey Shawn, now that Seanan McGuire has moved to Seattle any chance of getting her signature as well? Just a thought 🙂

    1. I will offer it to Seanan, Kat Richardson, and Erik. If it happens, it will be a bonus.

      1. Awesome, thanks!

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  5. Hey Shawn! It’s almost June. Any word on the street for an official release date for the book?

    1. Jim took longer than I expected to sign his pages. But he has finished. Kerrie has now finished. And the signature pages are with Chris McGrath. Once I get them back, it will take about 8 weeks for the printer.

      1. Sounds good! I’m looking forward to reading it soon!

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