Holly Black

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Holly Black
Holly black 2010.jpg
Holly Black at the 2010 Texas Book Festival.
Born (1971-11-10) November 10, 1971 (age 42)
New Jersey
Occupation Writer, Editor, Producer
Nationality American
Period 1990s-present
Genres Children, fantasy, horror


Holly Black née Riggenbach[1] (born November 10, 1971) is an American writer and editor, best known for writing The Spiderwick Chronicles, a series of children's fantasy books she created with illustrator Tony DiTerlizzi. Her book, Doll Bones, was named a Newbery Medal honor book.[2]

Early life and education[edit]

Black was born in West Long Branch, New Jersey[1] in 1971, and during her early years her family lived in a "decrepit Victorian house."[3] Black graduated with a B.A. in English from The College of New Jersey in 1994. She worked as a production editor on medical journals including The Journal of Pain while studying at Rutgers University. She considered becoming a librarian as a backup career, but writing drew her away. She edited and contributed to the role-playing culture magazine d8 in 1996.[4]

She married her high school sweetheart, Theo Black, himself an accomplished illustrator and web designer, in 1999.[1] In 2008, Black was described as residing in Amherst, Massachusetts.[5]

Literary career[edit]

Black's first novel, Tithe: A Modern Faerie Tale, was published in 2002. She has since written two other books in the same universe; Valiant : A Modern Tale of Faerie was the recipient of the Andre Norton Award for Young Adult Science Fiction and Fantasy, and a finalist for the Mythopoeic Award.

In 2003, Black published the first two books of The Spiderwick Chronicles, a collaboration with her longtime friend, artist Tony DiTerlizzi. The fifth and last book in the series reached the top of the New York Times Bestseller list in 2004.[3] A film was made of the series and released in 2008.[6]

Black's most recent book series was a trilogy of young adult novels collectively called the Curseworkers series, beginning with White Cat in 2010. The series concluded in 2012. Her standalone novel, The Coldest Girl in Coldtown, was released by Little, Brown in September 2013.[7] Black published a short story of the same name in the vampire anthology The Eternal Kiss: 13 Vampire Tales of Blood and Desire. A new middle grade novel, Doll Bones, illustrated by Eliza Wheeler, will be out in May 2013.[8]

In 2012, Scholastic acquired a five-book series co-authored by Black and longtime friend Cassandra Clare, titled the Magisterium series. The first book is titled The Iron Trial and is due out in September 2014.[9] The series has already been optioned for the screen by Constantin Films.[10]

Black is also a prolific short fiction writer and has co-edited a number of anthologies.


Black is co-executive producer of the film adaptation of The Spiderwick Chronicles, released in February 2008.[11] The film covers the entirety of the novel series. The Spiderwick Chronicles has also been released as a video game from Stormfront Studios.

In 2011, Black stated that the Curseworkers books had been optioned by Vertigo Pictures and producer Mark Morgan.[12]


Young Adult Novels[edit]

The Modern Faerie Tales[edit]

The Curse Workers[edit]

Standalone Novels[edit]

Middle Grade Novels[edit]

The Spiderwick Chronicles[edit]


  • Doll Bones (2013)

Magisterium Series (with Cassandra Clare)[edit]

  • The Iron Trial (Forthcoming: September 2014)

Graphic Novels[edit]

The Good Neighbors[edit]

  • The Good Neighbors: Kin (2008)
  • The Good Neighbors: Kith (2009)
  • The Good Neighbors: Kind (2010)

Short Fiction[edit]

Short Stories[edit]

  • "Hades and Persephone" (1997) in Prisoners of the Night
  • "The Night Market" (2004) in The Faery Reel: Tales from a Twilight Realm
  • "Heartless" (2005) in Young Warriors: Stories of Strength
  • "Going Ironside" (2007) in Endicott Journal of Mythic Arts
  • "In Vodka Veritas" (2007) in 21 Proms
  • "Reversal of Fortune" (2007) in The Coyote Road: Trickster Tales
  • "The Poison Eaters" (2007) in The Restless Dead
  • "Paper Cuts Scissors" (October 2007) in Realms of Fantasy
  • "The Coat of Stars" (2007) in So Fey
  • "Virgin" (2008) in Magic in the Mirrorstone
  • "The Boy Who Cried Wolf" (2009) in Troll's Eye View: A Book of Villainous Tales
  • "The Coldest Girl in Coldtown" (2009) in The Eternal Kiss: 13 Vampire Tales of Blood and Desire
  • "A Very Short Story" (2009) in Half-Minute Horrors
  • "The Dog King" (2010) in The Poison Eaters and Other Stories
  • "The Land of Heart's Desire" (2010) in The Poison Eaters and Other Stories
  • "The Arn Thompson Classification Review" (2010) in Full Moon City
  • "Sobek" (2010) in Wings of Fire
  • "Everything Amiable and Obliging"(2011) in Steampunk!
  • "The Perfect Dinner Party" (with Cassandra Clare, 2011) in Teeth
  • "The Rowan Gentleman" (with Cassandra Clare, 2011) in Welcome to Bordertown
  • "Noble Rot" (2011) in Naked City: New Tales of Urban Fantasy

Story Collections[edit]

  • The Poison Eaters and Other Stories (2010)

Edited Anthologies[edit]


  • "The Third Third: Israfel's Tale" (1996) in d8 Magazine
  • "Bone Mother" (Autumn 2004) in Endicott Journal of Mythic Arts


  1. ^ a b c Locus (May 2006), "Holly Black: Through the Maze", Locus, 56, 5 (544): 84, retrieved 2007-12-13 
  2. ^ And the Newbery, Caldecott award winners are..., Ashley Strickland, CNN, January 27, 2014
  3. ^ a b Black, Holly, About Holly, retrieved 2007-12-13 
  4. ^ Black, Holly, Bibliography, retrieved 2007-12-13 [dead link]
  5. ^ "Author's fairy tale comes true", Edmonton Journal, February 14, 2008. Accessed February 20, 2008. "Today, Holly lives in West Long Branch, New Jersey with her husband of 10 years, working as a full-time writer and an avid collector of rare folklore volumes, spooky dolls and outrageous hats."
  6. ^ "The Spiderwick Chronicles". IMDB. Retrieved March 4, 2013. 
  7. ^ "Fall 2013 Sneak Previews". Publishers Weekly. Retrieved March 4, 2013. 
  8. ^ "Doll Bones". Simon and Schuster. Retrieved March 4, 2013. 
  9. ^ "Scholastic Acquires Five-Book Middle Grade Series by Bestselling Authors Holly Black and Cassandra Clare". Scholastic. April 19, 2012. Retrieved March 4, 2013. 
  10. ^ "Cassandra Clare, Holly Black Score Joint Book, Movie Deal!". MTV Hollywood Crush. April 19, 2012. Retrieved March 4, 2013. 
  11. ^ IMDb, The Spiderwick Chonicles, retrieved 2007-12-13 [unreliable source?]
  12. ^ "'Spiderwick' Author Holly Black Gets Unexcited For 'White Cat' Movie". MTV Hollywood Crush. May 9, 2011. Retrieved March 4, 2013. 
  13. ^ Parkin, Lisa (10 September 2013). "The Coldest Girl in Coldtown Author Holly Black on Vampires, Vine & Violence". Huffington Post. Retrieved 16 September 2013. 

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