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Victor Sells was a human sorcerer, whom Harry Dresden nicknames Shadowman. He appears in Storm Front.


The Victor Sells Case was one of Harry's first three big cases.[1]

Storm FrontEdit

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In Storm Front, after he lost his job, Victor discovered his latent magical talent, and he became obsessed with power. He started spending all his time practicing in his attic. Victor started the manufacture of a drug known as ThreeEye in order to make money, a drug that opens the third sight for normal mortals and hooks harder than cocaine.[2] ThreeEye was cutting in on Marcone's drug business.[3]

Victor discovered that he was more powerful when he used rage and lust to power his spells. He got backing from Greg Beckitt and Helen Beckitt promising to help them take revenge on John Marcone. He also tapped the lust from Tommy Tomm, Jennifer Stanton, Linda Randall and turned Lawrence (Gimpy), one of Marcone's men.[2]

Harry eventually confronts Victor at his lake house, where Harry interrupts Victor's spell, then deflects a wave of flame aimed at him, which causes the house to catch on fire. Harry is then shot in the hip by one of the Beckitts and Victor creates scorpion constructs which he sends at Harry. Harry successfully sweeps them off the balcony, but Victor then summons the toad demon, Kalshazzak. Harry frees Kalshazzak from Victor's control, then tackles Victor as he attempts to escape. They fight and fall over the balcony, both grabbing at the railing. The toad demon bites Victor, and both he and the toad fall to the first floor where they are both destroyed by Victor's scorpions as the house burns down. Victor perishes and is also implicated as the head of the ThreeEye drug ring.[4]


In Changes, Donar Vadderung reveals that the curse he used was a less advanced Bloodline curse—combined with the revelation that he was stronger than a normal acolyte, it's highly possible he was being backed by the Black Council.[5]

In Cold Days, the Summer Lady, Lily, implied that the Contagion—later named Nemesis—corrupted Victor Sells the Shadowman, "destroyed a father's love for his facility by twisting it into maniacal ambition". Lily also implied that two other of Harry's first three big case: Phillip Denton and his Hexenwolves, and Leonid Kravos The Nightmare were also infected.[1]

Word of JimEdit

In discussing how he plotted out the series, the author described Victor Sells as, "the kind of dark version of what he [Dresden] can do"[6]


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