Holly Black née Riggenbach (born November 10, 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. Her 2013 novel Doll Bones was named a Newbery Medal honor book.

Life and career

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 accomplished illustrator and web designer. In 2008 she was described as residing in Amherst, Massachusetts.


Young adult novels

The Folk of the Air

Modern Faerie Tales
The Curse Workers
  • White Cat (2010)
  • Red Glove (2011)
  • Black Heart (2012)
  • The Coldest Girl in Coldtown (2013)
  • The Darkest Part of the Forest (2015)[18]

Middle School Grade Novels

  • The Magisterium Series,
    • The Iron Trial (2014), Black and Cassandra Clare, illus. Scott Fischer (artist)
    • The Copper Gauntlet (2015), Black and Cassandra Clare, illus. Scott Fischer (artist)
    • The Bronze Key (2016), Black and Cassandra Clare, illus. Scott Fischer (artist)
    • The Silver Mask (2017), Black and Cassandra Clare, illus. Scott Fischer (artist)
    • The Golden Tower (2018), Black and Cassandra Clare, illus. Scott Fischer (artist)
  • The Spiderwick Chronicles,
    • The Field Guide (2003), Black and Tony DiTerlizzi (writing Spiderwick)
    • The Seeing Stone (2003)
    • Lucinda's Secret (2003)
    • The Ironwood Tree (2004)
    • The Wrath of Mulgarath (2004)
  • Companion 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)
  • Beyond the Spiderwick Chronicles
    • The Nixie's Song (2007)
    • A Giant Problem (2008)
    • The Wyrm King (2009)
  • Doll Bones (2013), illus. Eliza Wheeler

Graphic novels

The Good Neighbors
  • The Good Neighbors: Kin (Graphix, 2008), illus. Ted Naifeh
  • The Good Neighbors: Kith (2009)
  • The Good Neighbors: Kind (2010)
  • Lucifer #1 (2015)

Short fiction

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
  • "1UP" (2015) in Press Start to Play
  • "Ten Rules for Being an Intergalactic Smuggler (the Successful Kind)" (2014) in Monstrous Affections: An Anthology of Beastly Tales
  • The Poison Eaters and other stories (2010), illus. Theo Black

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


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