‘Twas the week before Christmas, and up in the Hollows . . .

‘Twas the week before Christmas, and up in the Hollows,
Solstice bonfires were burning, to toast the marshmallows.

The pixies were snug in their stump, even Jenks,
Who claimed he was tired, and needed some winks.

So I in my parka, and Ivy in her boots,
Were toasting the season, with thirty-year hooch.

When out in the street, there came such a crash,
I thought that it had to be ‘coons in our trash.

Away to the gate, I trudged through the snow,
While Ivy just said, “If it’s Kist, say hello.”

I lifted the latch, and peered to the street,
My face went quite cold.  We were in it thigh deep.

‘Twas a demon, who stood in the headlamps quite bright,
With his coat of green velvet, and his uncommon height.

His eyes, how they glittered, his teeth how they gnashed,
His voice, how he bellowed, his tongue, how it lashed.

The street wasn’t holy, so on Big Al came,
As he bellowed, and shouted, and called me by name.

“Morgan, you witch.  You’re a pain in my side.
“Get out of your church.  There’s no place to hide!”

Like hell’s fury unleashed, he strode to my door,
Where he hammered and cursed, like a cheap jilted whore.

But Ivy and I, we circled round back,
To stand in the street and prepare for attack.

“You loser,” I shouted.  “I’m waiting for you.”
And the demon, he spun, taking on a red hue.

Ivy stood ready, and I whispered, “Okay . . .
“If he wants to get rough, I’m ready to play.”

With nary a word, us two girls got to work,
Putting foot into gut, of the soul-sucking jerk.

I circled him quick, with a few words of Latin,
While Ivy distracted him with lots of good wackin’

“Get back!” I yelled out when my trap was complete,
And Ivy somersaulted right over the creep.

My circle sprang up, entrapping him surely,
Al fussed and he fumed, like a demonic fury.

The neighbors all cheered, and came out of their houses,
Where they’d watched the whole thing, like little house mouses.

So Ivy and I, we both bowed real low,
Then banished Big Al, in an overdone show.

But I heard Al exclaim, ‘ere he poofed from our sight
“You won this time witch, but I’ll get you one night!”

Kim Harrison
December 14th, 2005

Kim and Guy wish you and yours all the best of the holiday season and a glowing new year.

Pssssst! If you are looking for something exclusive for your Hollows fan, or something special for yourself, my next release, PERFECTION is available for pre-order. Unlike my usual publications, there will be only 1,500 of these hardcovers, and all of them are signed. They won’t be readily available through the usual stores, so this is the best way to get them, and pre-ordering makes me look good. (Wink)

But please pop over to Subterranean Press and pre-order one before you go and put this under your tree as, unlike my usual publications, there will be a limited number of these signed and numbered, and they will not be readily available in the stores come March.

I’ve even got a gift card for you to print out to put under the tree.  Happy Holidays!



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19 responses to “‘Twas the week before Christmas, and up in the Hollows . . .

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  2. Amethyst

    I have a quick question for you, if you don’t mind. Is there anymore of that lullaby that pierce sung once? I actually sing/hum it to my kids. I’ve tried adding some on but…well I suck at it. Lol.

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  4. Jessica LeRoy

    I wanted to let you know that I have loved every book of yours that I’ve had the opportunity to read. While the Hollows novels are wonderful and what introduced me to you as an author, I also really enjoyed the Madison Avery and Peri Reed set of novels; and just want you to know how enjoyable I find all of your writing.

  5. May this book take the book world by storm. Joy to your world!

  6. Jess

    As much as I want a signed copy I have my whole set in paperback, will this book be coming out in paperback?

  7. I will never get enough of the Hollows gang!

  8. My favorite tradition is reading this thank you

  9. Christine McCann

    Merry Holdays and Season’s Readings!

  10. Charming! And where do we find these books and how much are hey, please?

  11. Dawn Lacroix

    Awesome. I love the Rachel Morgan books

  12. Logan

    Will Marguerite be doing an audio edition?

  13. Luke Abshier

    I had preordered this from Amazon for my wife because I had read that all of the books will be signed but I’m having several people tell me that those copies will not be signed. Can you confirm?

  14. Teresa M Niedzwiecki

    Oh,I loved the poem,Happy Holidays,xxx Teresa

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