Holly Black

Holly Black née Riggenbach[1] (born 1971) is an American writer and editor best known for The Spiderwick Chronicles, a series of children's fantasy books she created with writer and illustrator Tony DiTerlizzi, and a trilogy of Young Adult novels officially called the Modern Faerie Tales trilogy.[2] Her 2013 novel Doll Bones was named a Newbery Medal honor book.[3]

Holly Black
Black at the 2010 Texas Book Festival
Black at the 2010 Texas Book Festival
West Long Branch, New Jersey, U.S.
OccupationWriter, editor, producer
EducationThe College of New Jersey Rutgers University
Periodc. 2000–present
GenreChildren's, young adult literature, short stories, fantasy, horror

Early life and educationEdit

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."[4] 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.[citation needed]

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

Literary careerEdit

Black's first novel, Tithe: A Modern Faerie Tale, was published by Simon & Schuster in 2002. There have been two sequels set in the same universe. The first, Valiant (2005), won the inaugural Andre Norton Award for Young Adult Science Fiction and Fantasy. By vote of Locus readers for the Locus Awards, Valiant and Ironside (2007) ranked fourth and sixth among the year's young-adult books.[citation needed]

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

White Cat, the first in her Curse Workers Series, was published in 2010. White Cat was followed by Red Glove (2011) and the trilogy concluded with Black Heart in 2012. A 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. Doll Bones was published in May 2013, and was awarded a Newbery Honor[3][8] and a Mythopoeic Fantasy Award.[9]

In 2012, Scholastic acquired a five-book series written by Black and Cassandra Clare to be called Magisterium. Its first volume, The Iron Trial, was published on September 9, 2014.[10]

Black has also written dozens of short works and co-edited at least three anthologies of speculative fiction.[citation needed]


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

In 2011, Black stated that the Curse Workers books had been optioned by Vertigo Pictures and producer Mark Morgan.[11]


Young adult novelsEdit

Modern Faerie Tales
The Curse Workers
Folk of the Air

Middle grade novelsEdit

Spiderwick, Black and Tony DiTerlizzi
  • The Spiderwick Chronicles
    • The Field Guide (2003)
    • The Seeing Stone (2003)
    • Lucinda's Secret (2003)
    • The Ironwood Tree (2004)
    • The Wrath of Mulgarath (2004)
  • Beyond the Spiderwick Chronicles
    • The Nixie's Song (2007)
    • A Giant Problem (2008)
    • The Wyrm King (2009)
  • Accompanying books
    • Arthur Spiderwick's Notebook of Fantastical Observations (2005)
    • Arthur Spiderwick's Field Guide to the Fantastical World Around You (2005)
    • The Spiderwick Chronicles: Care and Feeding of Sprites (2006)
Magisterium, Black and Cassandra Clare, illustrator Scott Fischer
  • Doll Bones (2013, Newbery Medal honor book), illus. Eliza Wheeler
  • Heart of the Moors: An Original Maleficent: Mistress of Evil Novel (2019)

Graphic novels and comicsEdit

The Good Neighbors, illus. Ted Naifeh
  • The Good Neighbors: Kin (2008)
  • The Good Neighbors: Kith (2009)
  • The Good Neighbors: Kind (2010)
  • Lucifer vol. 1: Cold Heaven (2016, trade paperback)
  • Lucifer vol. 2: Father Lucifer (2017, trade paperback)
  • Lucifer vol. 3: Blood in the Streets (2017, trade paperback)

Short fictionEdit

  • The Poison Eaters and Other Stories (2010), illus. Theo Black
Short stories
  • "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), The Restless Dead: Ten Original Stories of the Supernatural, ed. Deborah Noyes
  • "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
  • "Coat of Stars" (2012) in Bloody Fabulous
  • "Little Gods" (2012) in Under My Hat: Tales from the Cauldron
  • "Millcara" (2013) in Rags & Bones: New Twists on Timeless Tales
  • "Sisters Before Misters" (2014) (with Sarah Rees Brennan and Cassandra Clare) in Dark Duets: All-New Tales of Horror and Dark Fantasy
  • "Ten Rules for Being an Intergalactic Smuggler (the Successful Kind)" (2014) in Monstrous Affections: An Anthology of Beastly Tales
  • "1UP" (2015) in Press Start to Play

Anthologies editedEdit


  • "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 December 13, 2007
  2. ^ "The Modern Faerie Tales Archives". Holly Black. Retrieved January 17, 2016.
  3. ^ a b "And the Newbery, Caldecott award winners are ...", Ashley Strickland, CNN, January 27, 2014.
  4. ^ Black, Holly, About Holly, archived from the original on November 5, 2007, retrieved December 13, 2007
  5. ^ "Author's fairy tale comes true" Archived November 7, 2012, at the Wayback Machine, 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. ^ a b "Mythopoeic Awards". Mythopoeic Society. Archived from the original on October 5, 2014. Retrieved October 10, 2014.
  10. ^ "Scholastic Acquires Five-Book Middle Grade Series by Bestselling Authors Holly Black and Cassandra Clare". Scholastic. April 19, 2012. Retrieved March 4, 2013.
  11. ^ "'Spiderwick' Author Holly Black Gets Unexcited For 'White Cat' Movie". MTV Hollywood Crush. May 9, 2011. Retrieved March 4, 2013.
  12. ^ Parkin, Lisa (September 10, 2013). "The Coldest Girl in Coldtown Author Holly Black on Vampires, Vine & Violence". Huffington Post. Retrieved September 16, 2013.

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