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Amherst author now has actual ‘elf ears’


Amherst author Holly Black, best known for “The Spiderwick Chronicles” and faerie stories such as “The Darkest Part of the Forest,” now resembles some of her fictional characters.

Black, who’s on her way to the BookCon in New York City, revealed to fans Tuesday evening that she got cosmetic surgery to change her ears so that they have magical points.

“It’s very, very rare for me to have a non-publishing secret, especially one I think will make people smile, but here it is: I have ELF EARS,” she tweeted, adding, “I had surgery 2 months ago and they’re still healing, so they can’t get bent & will hurt if they get thwacked. (So please don’t thwack ’em.)”


Black tweeted that the work was done by body modification artist Samppa Von Cyborg .

Black’s ears impressed other fantasy authors, who tweeted many compliments.

“HOLLY. OMG. YOU ARE THE COOLEST EVER,” “The Young Elites” author Marie Lu tweeted.

“They are so beautiful! (And I love your hair, too.)” “The Gemma Doyle Trilogy” author Libba Bray added.

Black — who collaborates with another local author, Cassandra Clare , on the “Magisterium” series — told us, of her new ears, “I thought, I’m 45; What am I waiting for?”