Ransom Riggs

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Ransom Riggs
Riggs in 2012
Riggs in 2012
Born (1979-02-03) February 3, 1979 (age 40)
Maryland, U.S.
ResidenceSanta Monica, California, U.S.
Alma materKenyon College
University of Southern California
GenreChildren's literature
Notable worksMiss Peregrine's Home for Peculiar Children
Tahereh Mafi (m. 2013)

Ransom Riggs (born February 3, 1979) is an American writer and filmmaker best known for the book Miss Peregrine's Home for Peculiar Children.

Early life and education[edit]

Riggs was born in Maryland in 1979 on a 200-year-old farm, and grew up in Florida, where he attended Pine View School for the Gifted.[1][2] He studied English literature at Kenyon College,[3] where he was a good friend of John Green (author)[4]. He later studied film at the University of Southern California.[5]


His work on short films for the Internet and blogging for Mental Floss got him a job writing The Sherlock Holmes Handbook which was released as a tie-in to the 2009 Sherlock Holmes film.[5]

Riggs had collected curious vernacular photographs and approached his publisher, Quirk Books, about using some of them in a picture book. On the suggestion of an editor, Riggs used the photographs as a guide from which to put together a narrative.[5] The resulting book was Miss Peregrine's Home for Peculiar Children, which made The New York Times Best Seller list, and was adapted into the 2016 film of the same name.[6]

Another book inspired by old photographs, Talking Pictures, was published by HarperCollins in October 2012.[7] The sequel Hollow City: The Second Novel of Miss Peregrine's Children was released on January 14, 2014.[8] The third installment in the Miss Peregrine's series, titled Library of Souls, was announced in early 2015.[9] It was released on September 22, 2015. As well as this book, Riggs released a book titled "Tales of the Peculiar" as a spinoff from the Miss Peregrine series.[9] The fourth novel in the series A Map of Days. was released October 2, 2018.

Personal life[edit]

Riggs married author Tahereh Mafi in 2013. As of 2014, they live in Santa Monica, California.[10] Their first child, a daughter, was born on May, 30', 2017.[citation needed]



  1. ^ "Ransom Riggs - Bio". ransomriggs.com. Archived from the original on 6 September 2012.
  2. ^ Medley, Mark (21 June 2011). "Freak chic: The "universal creepiness" of Ransom Riggs' new novel". National Post. Archived from the original on 3 January 2012.
  3. ^ Kit, Borys (17 May 2011). "Heated auction begins by studios for unpublished book". Reuters. Archived from the original on 5 January 2012.
  4. ^ "Very Peculiar". Kenyon.edu.
  5. ^ a b c Rife, Susan (16 December 2011). "Ransom Riggs visits alma mater to discuss 'Miss Peregrine's Home for Peculiar Children'". Sarasota Herald-Tribune. Archived from the original on 3 January 2012.
  6. ^ "Best Sellers - Children's Chapter Books". The New York Times. 21 August 2011. Archived from the original on 3 January 2012.
  7. ^ "Talking Pictures: Images and Messages Rescued from the Past by Ransom Riggs". Harper Collins. 5 October 2012. Archived from the original on 8 January 2012.
  8. ^ "Announcing the HOLLOW CITY tour!" (Press release). 31 December 2013. Archived from the original on 15 January 2014.
  9. ^ a b Romney, Ginny (21 February 2015). "Author Ransom Riggs draws inspiration from old photos for Peculiar Children series, sequel 'Hollow City". Deseret News. Archived from the original on 21 February 2015.
  10. ^ "The Future of Books Is Experimental: At Home with Tahereh Mafi and Ransom Riggs". Mental Floss. Retrieved 20 April 2016.

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