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“Lights Out!” (My Doctor Who Story) Available As Of Tomorrow!


The Doctor Who story I wrote is out tomorrow!!! It takes place between the first and second episode of the new season and includes monsters, coffee, spaceships and my take on Peter Capaldi’s Twelfth Doctor. It’s currently available in e-format and here’s where you can get it:

“Lights Out!” on iTunes

“Lights Out!” for Nook

“Lights Out!” for Kindle

“Lights Out!” in the UK

If you want to listen to me talk about it, here I am nattering on in an article in The Guardian and here’s a video of me looking very odd and gesturing wildly (my hair is silvery because I was swimming in the sea for a week and puffy for reasons beyond my ken — why didn’t anyone tell me I looked like that?).

I hope that all you Doctor Who fans think I did an okay job!

Coldtown Paperback Out 8/12!


The Coldtown paperback is coming out 8/12, which if you live where I live, means right now! It’s super pretty and has two fancy new blurbs on it.

This one on the front:

No one writes like Holly Black. [Coldtown] is one of my all-time favorite fantasy novel settings.” – John Green

…and this one on the back:

Written beautifully, with a really rich setting and complex characters.” – Veronica Roth

When I saw these, I went immediately to my publicist.

Holly: Uh, guys, I really appreciate you guys trying to make the book sell and all, but someone is going to notice that you MADE UP A BUNCH OF FANCY BLURBS.

Publicist (with vast, though beleaguered patience): Those blurbs are real, Holly.

And it turns out that they are really real! Thank you, John and Veronica!

Anyway, if you’d like to pick up a copy, there are links to places selling it on the Coldtown page of my site. So, if you’ve been waiting for paperback to try out The Coldest Girl in Coldtown, now is your time to strike!

Doll Bones is recipient of Mythopoeic Award


I am super excited to find out tonight that Doll Bones was awarded the Mythopoeic Award for Children’s Literature! It’s been an award I’ve admired a lot, in part because of its celebration of my mythic and in part because it’s an award that has gone to some of my favorite books and favorite writers.

For example, here’s a photo of Neil Gaiman and Terri Windling with a Mythopoeic Award. I am not sure if Terri is giving it to Neil or Neil is awarding it to Terri in this picture, because they’ve both won one.


Other winners include: Mary Stewart’s The Crystal Cave, Ellen Kushner’s Thomas the Rhymer, Delia Sherman’s The Porcelain Dove, Megan Whalen Turner’s The Queen’s Thief series, Franny Billingsley’s The Folk Keeper, and Jane Yolen’s Briar Rose. So, yeah, basically everyone and everything I love.

Here’s a closer look at the statue. Look, it’s Aslan!


(This appears to be Lois McMaster Bujold’s Aslan. See what I mean about all my favorites?)

Anyway, I am overwhelmed and beside myself and babbling a little. But also super happy!

 And CONGRATS to Helene Wecker whose THE GOLEM AND THE JINNI won the Mythopoeic Award for Adult Fiction.

Also, if you’re interested in mythic research, going back through the archives of winners of the Myth and Fantasy studies award is highly worthwhile. This year’s award recipient is G. Ronald Murphy for YGGDRASIL AND THE CROSS IN THE NORTH.

Welcome to My New Site

This is it! The new site, with updated content and a streamlined new look. I’m going to continue to add content, so check back. I am also going to be using this blog more for stuff that doesn’t quite fit on Tumblr.

Since a lot of people were asking for it, I have “Lila Zacharov in 13 Pieces” back up on the site and also have an updated Writing Advice page. Plus the Appearances page is a lot easier to update, so I vow to actually update it. 🙂

Still working out some content, so let me know if there’s something else you’d like to see and I will see what I can do.