Spiderwick Chronicles writer to pen Twelfth Doctor short

Celebrate the arrival of the Twelfth Doctor with a brand new short story penned by self-confessed Doctor Who fan and The Spiderwick Chronicles co-creator, Holly Black.

Titled Lights Out, the story will expand Puffin's best-selling series of eleven short Doctor Who stories written by well-known authors, that were released throughout 2013. It will be available as a standalone ebook and as part of the 12 Doctors 12 Stories paperback anthology, publishing on 23 October.

Holly Black commented: "It's a huge honour to get to write a story in such an amazing science fiction universe, one which makes for an ultimate writer's playground with its flexibility across time and space. I am a big fan of the series and of the Doctor himself, our alien hero who reminds us over and over of our humanity and carries a screwdriver instead of a gun."

It follows short stories from Eoin Colfer, Michael Scott, Marcus Sedgwick, Philip Reeve, Patrick Ness, Richelle Mead, Malorie Blackman, Alex Scarrow, Charlie Higson, Derek Landy and Neil Gaiman.

Holly Black is the bestselling author of contemporary fantasy novels for teens and children. She is co-creator of the hugely successful series, The Spiderwick Chronicles, which secured her several top spots in the New York Times Bestsellers List and was adapted into a film in 2008. More recently, Holly has collaborated with fellow writer Cassandra Clare, on a brand new series titled Magisterium which is due to publish this autumn. Holly lives in Massachusetts with her husband, Theo, in a house with a secret library.

The story will be available in eBook for £1.99 and will be included in a paperback anthology (£12.99) of the twelve stories, Doctor Who: 12 Doctors, 12 Stories that will publish on 23 October 2014.

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