The world is a strange place. Maybe stranger than you think.
All of your life you have been told tales of monsters, vampires, werewolves, zombies, and fairies. They’ve been used to scare children and entertain adults. They’ve been the subject of novels, comic books, and innumerable TV programs.
Its all in good clean fun, isn’t it?
What if there really were trolls under the South Brady Street bridge? What if ghosts do haunt Rumbarger Cemetary? What if every fairy-tale and urban legend was based in truth? What if there was a world that you didn’t see? Not that you couldn’t see it, but were taught not to see from the time you were a little child?
What if everything you think you know was a well crafted lie?
Welcome to the Real World. The world of Harry Dresden.
There are a lot of wizards in the world other than Harry Dresden. This is the story of just another wizard named “Lazarus” living in a small town about 100 miles northeast of Pittsburgh, PA.
It’s called DuBois, The City of the Damned.
Settled in 1812 and platted in 1872, DuBois was incorporated as a borough in 1881 and as a city in 1914. The town was founded by John Rumbarger, for whom the town was originally named. The Rumbarger Cemetery is all that survives of this original settlement. The town was later renamed for local lumber magnate John DuBois, who came from a longstanding American family of French Huguenot descent.
In 1938, his nephew, John E. DuBois, donated the family mansion and estate as a permanent home for the DuBois Campus of Penn State University. While DuBois was founded as a lumber town, the mining of bituminous coal quickly became the chief industry in DuBois. Over the years there have been numerous unsuccessful attempts to combine the city with the surrounding Sandy Township. Combined, the population of DuBois and Sandy Township is approximately 18,000 souls.
18,000 ripe, juicy souls.
Evil isn’t the real threat to the world. Stupid is just as destructive as Evil, maybe more so, and it’s a hell of a lot more common. What we really need is a crusade against Stupid. That might actually make a difference.”
― Jim Butcher, Vignette