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Holly Black
Black at the 2010 Texas Book Festival
Black at the 2010 Texas Book Festival
Born 1971
West Long Branch, New Jersey, U.S.
Occupation Writer, editor, producer
Nationality American
Education The College of New Jersey Rutgers University
Period c. 2000–present
Genre Children's, young adult literature, short stories, fantasy, horror

Holly Black née Riggenbach (born 1971) is an American writer and editor best known for her Children's and Young Adult Fiction. Her most recent work is the New York Times Bestselling Young Adult the Folk of the Air series. She is also well known for The Spiderwick Chronicles, a series of children's fantasy books she created with writer and illustrator Tony DiTerlizzi, and her debut trilogy of Young Adult novels officially called the Modern Faerie Tales.

Early life and education

Black was born in West Long Branch, New Jersey in 1971, and during her early years her family lived in a "decrepit Victorian house." 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.

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

Literary career

Modern Faerie Tales

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.

The Spiderwick Chronicles

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. A film adaptation of the series was released in 2008.

The Curse Workers

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.

Magisterium

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. The final book in the series, The Golden Tower, was published in 2018.

The Folk of the Air

The Cruel Prince published in 2017. The first book of The Folk of the Air was critically acclaimed and nominated for the Locus Award and the Lodestar Award. The sequel, The Wicked King (2018) debuted at the #1 position of the New York Times Bestseller List. The Wicked King was also nominated for the Lodestar Award. The Queen of Nothing released in November 2019. With that release the series debuted at #3 on the New York Times Bestseller List.

Standalones

A standalone novel, The Coldest Girl in Coldtown, was released by Little, Brown in September 2013. Black published a short story of the same name in the vampire anthology The Eternal Kiss: 13 Vampire Tales of Blood and Desire. The Coldest Girl in Coldtown was a Nebula Finalist in 2013.

Doll Bones was published in May 2013, and was awarded a Newbery Honor and a Mythopoeic Fantasy Award.

The Darkest Part of the Forest was published in 2015.

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

Adaptations

Black is co-executive producer of the film adaptation of The Spiderwick Chronicles, released in February 2008. 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 Curse Workers books had been optioned by Vertigo Pictures and producer Mark Morgan.

Young adult novels

Modern Faerie Tales
  • Tithe: A Modern Faerie Tale (2002)
  • Valiant: A Modern Tale of Faerie (2005)
  • Ironside: A Modern Faery's Tale (2007)
The Curse Workers
  • White Cat (2010)
  • Red Glove (2011)
  • Black Heart (2012)
Folk of the Air
  • The Cruel Prince (2018)
  • The Lost Sisters (2018, companion novella)
  • The Wicked King (2019)
  • Queen of Nothing (2019)
  • How the King of Elfhame Learned to Hate Stories (2020, companion novella)
Standalone
  • Doll Bones (2013, Newbery Medal honor book), illus. Eliza Wheeler
  • The Coldest Girl in Coldtown (2013)
  • The Darkest Part of the Forest (2015)

Middle grade novels

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
  • The Iron Trial (2014)
  • The Copper Gauntlet (2015)
  • The Bronze Key (2016)
  • The Silver Mask (2017)
  • The Golden Tower (2018)
Standalone
  • Heart of the Moors: An Original Maleficent: Mistress of Evil Novel (2019)

Graphic novels and comics

The Good Neighbors, illus. Ted Naifeh
  • The Good Neighbors: Kin (2008)
  • The Good Neighbors: Kith (2009)
  • The Good Neighbors: Kind (2010)
Lucifer
  • 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 fiction

Collections
  • 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 edited

  • Geektastic: Stories from the Nerd Herd (2009), eds. Black and Cecil Castellucci
  • Zombies vs. Unicorns (2010), eds. Black and Justine Larbalestier
  • Welcome to Bordertown (2011), eds. Black and Ellen Kushner

Poetry

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

Awards

  • 2006: Andre Norton Award for Young Adult Science Fiction and Fantasy, Valiant: A Modern Tale of Faerie
  • 2014: Mythopoeic Fantasy Award in Children's Literature, Doll Bones
  • 2014: Newbery Medal honor book, Doll Bones
  • 2015: Indies Choice Book Award—Young Adult, The Darkest Part of the Forest


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