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Kim Harrison’s The Hollows Series coming to CW?


If you like your vampires a little less sparkly and a little more chilling, something agreeably wicked this way comes (we hope)...

Kim Harrison bringing The Hollows to TV

For anyone who hasn’t discovered Kim Harrison or her Hollows series of novels, you are missing out. The novels detail the misadventures of Rachel Morgan, a witch who works as a runner (private investigator) in Cincinnati. In this alternate universe, “Inderlanders” (witches, vampires, werewolves, etc.) have lived among us unnoticed until the mid-twentieth century, when the T4 Angel virus attached itself to a flaw in genetically manipulated tomatoes, killing a quarter of the human population – an event known as “The Turn”. Biogenetic engineering was outlawed, and humans developed a fear of tomatoes. Inderlanders, immune to the virus, were brought out in the open, and live a sometimes uneasy existence alongside humans.

To help keep law and order, there are two law enforcement agencies that deal with problems involving the two groups: The I.S. (Inderland Security) and the human run FIB. In the first novel – Dead Witch Walking – Rachel quits the I.S. to go solo, and was joined by her sometime partner Ivy Tamwood, a living vampire, and Jenks, a pixie with 54 kids.

The stories are entertaining, often funny, with enough action and sex to be interesting without going overboard. It’s the various magical creatures and the situations that Harrison puts them in that make the books worth the read. And even better, there are no sparkly chaste vampires here.

"If they stay even halfway true to the source material, it should make for a great program"

So it came as a great surprise to me to find out that Carol Mendelsohn (Producer – CSI) is developing the series of novels into a television series for The CW, with a pilot written by Jordan Hawley (Smallville, Moonlight). So far there is little else in regard to information about the upcoming series, but if they stay even halfway true to the source material, it should make for a great program. And it couldn’t end up on a better network, as The CW seems to have a true love affair with all things spooky, with programs like Supernatural and The Vampire Diaries garnering a slew of fans. I hope it hits television sets soon, and they don’t screw it up too badly.

Harrison’s characters are believable because, while fantastic creatures, they still deal with all of the emotions and difficulties that everyone deals with. Mundane issues bring a sense of reality to her universe, be it vampire club owners fretting over permits for human patrons, organized crime, relationships with parents, or those with lovers. It’s those little nuances that make help ground the stories and make them more than just another “monster-of-the-week” style bandwagon jumper. I highly recommend the books to anyone looking to lose themselves in a good read, and I hope the show does justice to those books.

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