Neil Gaiman

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Neil GaimanBiographical Sketch

Neil Richard MacKinnon Gaiman (born Neil Richard Gaiman, November 10, 1960) is an English author of short fiction, novels, comic books, graphic novels, nonfiction, audio theatre, and films. His works include the comic book series The Sandman and novels Stardust, American Gods, Coraline, and The Graveyard Book. He has won numerous awards, including the Hugo, Nebula, and Bram Stoker awards, as well as the Newbery and Carnegie medals. He is the first author to win both the Newbery and the Carnegie medals for the same work, The Graveyard Book (2008). In 2013, The Ocean at the End of the Lane was voted Book of the Year in the British National Book Awards.

Read more about Neil Gaiman on Wikipedia.

 

Major Awards and Honors

World Science Fiction Convention
  • 2002: Hugo Award, Best Novel – “American Gods”
  • 2003: Hugo Award, Best Novella – “Coraline”
  • 2004: Hugo Award, Best Short Story – “A Study in Emerald”
  • 2009: Hugo Award, Best Novel – “The Graveyard Book”
  • 2012: Hugo Award, Best Dramatic Presentation, Short Form – “The Doctor’s Wife”
  • 2016: Hugo Award, Best Graphic Story – “The Sandman: Overture”
  • 2020: Hugo Award, Best Dramatic Presentation, Long Form – “Good Omens”
World Fantasy Convention
  • 1991: World Fantasy Award, Best Work of Short Fiction – “Sandman #19: A Midsummer Night’s Dream”
    – By Neil Gaiman and Charles Vess.
British National Book Awards
  • 2013: Book of the Year – “The Ocean at the End of the Lane”
Chartered Institute of Library and Information Professionals (CLIP) (UK)
  • 2010: Carnegie Medal – “The Graveyard Book”
    – First author to have won both the Carnegie and Newbery Medals for the same work.
British Fantasy Society
  • 2006: British Fantasy Award, Best Novel – “Anansi Boys”
  • 2007: British Fantasy Award, Best Collection – “Fragile Things”
  • 2010: British Fantasy Award, Best Comic / Graphic Novel – “Whatever Happened to the Caped Crusader?”
    – By Neil Gaiman and Andy Kubert.
British Science Fiction Association
  • 2003: Best Work of Short Fiction – “Coraline”
Book Trust (UK)
  • 2009: Booktrust Teenage Prize – “The Graveyard Book”
University of St Andrews (Scotland)
  • 2016: Honorary Doctor of Letters
American Library Association
  • 2009: Newbery Medal – “The Graveyard Book”
    – First author to have won both the Carnegie and Newbery Medals for the same work.
  • 2010: Honorary Chair, National Library Week
Science Fiction and Fantasy Writers of America:
  • 2002: Nebula Award, Best Novel – “American Gods”
  • 2003: Nebula Award, Best Novella – “Coraline”
  • 2012: Ray Bradbury Nebula Award for Outstanding Dramatic Presentation – “The Doctor’s Wife”
    – with Richard Clark.
Locus Magazine (USA):
  • 2002: Locus Award, Best Fantasy Novel – “American Gods”
  • 2003: Locus Award, Best Young Adult Book – “Coraline”
  • 2004: Locus Award, Best Novelette – “A Study in Emerald”
  • 2005: Locus Award, Best Short Story – “Forbidden Brides of the Faceless Slaves in the Nameless House of the Night of Dread Desire”
  • 2006: Locus Award, Best Fantasy Novel – “Anansi Boys”
    – Also nominated for a Hugo Award, but Gaiman asked for its withdrawal to give other writers a chance and because it’s more fantasy than science fiction.
  • 2006: Locus Award, Best Short Story – “Sunbird”
  • 2007: Locus Award, Best Short Story – “How to Talk to Girls at Parties”
  • 2007: Locus Award, Best Collection – “Fragile Things”
  • 2009: Locus Award, Best Young Adult Novel – “The Graveyard Book”
  • 2010: Locus Award, Best Short Story – “An Invocation of Incuriosity”
  • 2011: Locus Award, Best Short Story – “The Thing About Cassandra”
  • 2011: Locus Award, Best Novelette – “The Truth Is A Cave In The Black Mountains”
  • 2014: Locus Award, Best Fantasy Novel – “The Ocean at the End of the Lane”
Horror Writers Association (USA)
  • 2000: Bram Stoker Award, Best Illustrated Narrative – “The Sandman: The Dream Hunters”
  • 2001: Bram Stoker Award, Best Novel – “American Gods”
  • 2003: Bram Stoker Award, Best Work for Young Readers – “Coraline”
  • 2004: Bram Stoker Award, Best Illustrated Narrative – “The Sandman: Endless Nights”
Shirley Jackson Awards (USA)
  • 2010: Best Novelette – “The Truth Is A Cave In The Black Mountains”
  • 2010: Best Edited Anthology – “Stories: All New Tales”
    – With Al Sarrantonio.
Mythopoeic Society (USA)
  • 1999: Mythopoeic Fantasy Award – “Stardust”
    – Illustrated version; award to Neil Gaiman and Charles Vess.
  • 2006: Mythopoeic Fantasy Award – “Anansi Boys”
Comic-Con International (USA):
  • 1991: Inkpot Award
  • 1991: Eisner Award, Best Continuing Series – “Sandman”
    – By Neil Gaiman and various artists.
  • 1991: Eisner Award, Best Graphic Album (Reprint) – “Sandman: The Doll’s House”
    – By Neil Gaiman and various artists.
  • 1991: Eisner Award, Best Writer – “Sandman”
  • 1992: Eisner Award, Best Single Issue or Story – “Sandman #22-#28: Season of Mists”
    – By Neil Gaiman and various artists.
  • 1992: Eisner Award, Best Continuing Series – “Sandman”
    – By Neil Gaiman and various artists.
  • 1992: Eisner Award, Best Writer – “Sandman”, “Books of Magic”, and “Miracleman”
  • 1993: Eisner Award, Best Continuing Series – “Sandman”
    – By Neil Gaiman and various artists.
  • 1993: Eisner Award, Best Graphic Album (New) – “Signal to Noise”
    – By Neil Gaiman and Dave McKean.
  • 1993: Eisner Award, Best Writer – “Miracleman” and “Sandman”
  • 1994: Eisner Award, Best Writer – “Sandman” and “Death: The High Cost of Living”
  • 2000: Eisner Award, Best Comics-Related Book – “The Sandman: The Dream Hunters”
    – By Neil Gaiman and Yoshitaka Amano.
  • 2004: Eisner Award, Best Short Story – “Death”
    – By Neil Gaiman and P. Craig Russell.
  • 2004: Eisner Award, Best Anthology – “The Sandman: Endless Nights”
    – By Neil Gaiman and others; edited by Karen Berger and Shelly Bond.
  • 2007: Eisner Award, Best Archival Collection / Project–Comic Books – “Absolute Sandman, Vol. 1”
    – By Neil Gaiman and various artists.
  • 2007: Icon Award
  • 2007: Bob Clampett Humanitarian Award
  • 2009: Eisner Award, Best Publication for Teens / Tweens – “Coraline”
    – By Neil Gaiman, adapted by P. Craig Russell.
  • 2020: Eisner Award, Best Adaptation from Another Medium – “Snow, Glass, Apples”
    – By Neil Gaiman and Colleen Doran.
Harvey Awards (USA)
  • 1991: Best Writer – “The Sandman”
  • 1992: Best Writer – “The Sandman”
  • 1993: Best Continuing or Limited Series – “The Sandman”
Quills Foundation (USA)
  • 2005: Quill Book Award, Best Graphic Novel – “Marvel”
University of the Arts (USA)
  • 2012: Honorary Doctorate of Arts
Poets & Writers (USA)
  • 2019: Barnes & Noble Writers for Writers Award
Comics Buyer’s Guide (USA)
  • 1991: Comics Buyer’s Guide Award for Favorite Writer
  • 1992: Comics Buyer’s Guide Award for Favorite Writer
  • 1993: Comics Buyer’s Guide Award for Favorite Writer
Comic Book Legal Defense Fund (USA)
  • 1997: Defender of Liberty Award
American Audio Publishers Association
  • 2009: Audie Award, Audiobook of the Year – “The Graveyard Book”
  • 2009: Audie Award, Best Middle Grade Book (Ages 8-11) – “The Graveyard Book”
Angoulême International Comics Festival (France)
  • 2004: Best Scenario – “The Sandman: Season of Mists”

 

Bibliography

Novels
  • Good Omen (1990)
    – With Terry Pratchett.
  • Neverwhere (1996)
    – Based on Gaiman’s script for the BBC miniseries.
  • Stardust (1999)
  • American Gods (2001)
  • Coraline (2002)
  • Anansi Boys (2005)
  • InterWorld (2007)
    – With Michael Reaves.
  • The Graveyard Book (2008)
  • The Silver Dream (2013)
    – With Michael Reaves and Mallory Reaves.
  • The Ocean at the End of the Lane (2013)
  • Eternity’s Wheel (2015)
    – With Michael Reaves and Mallory Reaves.
  • Norse Mythology (2017)
Short Fiction and Poetry
  • Manuscript Found In A Milkbottle (1985)
    – Published in: Knave No. 8.
  • I Cthulhu: or What’s a Tentacle-Faced Thing Like Me Doing in a Sunken City Like This (Latitude 47°9′S, Longitude 126°43′W)? (1987)
    – Published in: Dagon No. 16.
  • Culprits Or Where Are They Now? (1990)
    – With Kim Newman and Eugene Byrne; in: Interzone #40.
  • Now we are Sick (1991)
    – Published in: Now we are Sick: An Anthology of Nasty Verse; editors: Gaiman and Stephen Jones.
  • An Honest Answer (1993)
    – Illustrated by Bryan Talbot; in: Wiindows No. 21.
  • Angels and Visitations: A Miscellany (1993)
    • The Song of the Audience
      – Song.
    • Chivalry
      – First published in: Grails (1992).
    • Nicholas Was …
      – First published in: Drabble II – Double Century (1990).
    • Babycakes
      – First published in: Taboo #4, 1990.
    • Troll Bridge
      – First published in: Snow White, Blood Red (1993).
    • Vampire Sestina
      – First published in: Fantasy Tales 2 (1989).
    • Webs
      – First published in: More Tales From the Forbidden Planet (1990).
    • Six to Six
      – First published in: Time Out, 1988.
    • A Prologue
      – Introduction to Mary Gentle: Soldiers and Scholars (1989).
    • Foreign Parts
      – First published in: Words Without Pictures (1990).
    • Cold Colours
      – First published in: Midnight Graffiti, 1990.
    • Luther’s Villanelle
    • The Mouse
    • The Case Of The Four And Twenty Blackbirds
      – First published in: Knave, 1984.
    • Virus
      – First published in: Digital Dreams (1990).
    • Looking For The Girl
      – First published in: Penthouse, 1985.
    • Post-Mortem on Our Love
    • Being an Experiment Upon Strictly Scientific Lines
    • We Can Get Them For You Wholesale
      – First published in: Knave, 1989.
    • Murder Mysteries
      – First published in: Midnight Graffiti, 1992.
  • Cinnamon (1995)
    – Published in: Overstreet’s Fan No. 4, Gemstone.
  • The False Knight on the Road (1996)
    – Illustrated by Charles Vess; in: The Book of Ballads and Sagas No. 1.
  • Smoke and Mirrors (1998)
    • Reading The Entrails: A Rondel
      – First published in: The Fortune Teller (1997).
    • The Wedding Present
    • The Price
      – First published in: Dark Terrors 3 (1997).
    • Don’t Ask Jack
      – First published in: FAN, 1995.
    • The Goldfish Pool And Other Stories
      – First published in: David Copperfield’s Beyond Imagination (1996).
    • Eaten (Scenes From A Moving Picture)
      – First published in: Off Limits, (1996).
    • The White Road
      – First published in: Ruby Slippers, Golden Tears (1995).
    • Queen Of Knives
      – First published in: The 1995 World Horror Convention Program.
    • Changes
    • The Daughter Of Owls
      – First published in: Tales of the Unanticipated #18, 1997.
    • Shoggoth’s Old Peculiar
      – First published in: The Mammoth Book of Comic Fantasy (1998).
    • Virus
      – First published in: Digital Dreams (1990).
    • Looking For The Girl
      – First published in: Penthouse, 1985.
    • Only The End Of The World Again
      – First published in: Shadows Over Innsmouth (1994).
    • Bay Wolf
    • Fifteen Painted Cards From A Vampire Tarot
      – First published in: The Art of the Vampire (1998).
    • We Can Get Them For You Wholesale
      – First published in: Knave, 1989.
    • One Life, Furnished In Early Moorcock
      – First published in: Elric: Tales of the White Wolf (1994).
    • The Sweeper Of Dreams
      – First published in: FAN, 1996.
    • Mouse
      – First published in: Angels and Visitations (1993).
    • The Sea Change
      – First published in: FAN, 1995.
    • How Do You Think It Feels
      – First published in: In the Shadow of the Gargoyle (1998).
    • When We Went To See The End Of The World by Dawnie Morningside, Age 11 1/4
    • Desert Wind
    • Tastings
      – First published in: Sirens and Other Daemon Lovers (1998).
    • Murder Mysteries
      – First published in: Midnight Graffiti, 1992.
    • Snow, Glass, Apples
      – First published in: Snow, Glass, Apples (1995).
  • Fragile Things: Short Fictions and Wonders (2006)
    • A Study in Emerald
      – With Jouni Koponen; first published in: Shadows Over Baker Street (2003).
    • The Fairy Reel
      – First published in: The Fairy Reel (2004).
    • October in the Chair
      – First published in: Conjunctions no. 39, 2002.
    • The Hidden Chamber
      – First published in: Outsiders, 2005.
    • Forbidden Brides of the Faceless Slaves in the Secret House of the Night of Dread Desire
      – First published in: Gothic!, 2004.
    • The Flints of Memory Lane
      – First published in: Dancing with the Dark (1997).
    • Closing Time
      – First published in: McSweeney’s #10, 2002.
    • Going Wodwo
      – First published in: The Green Man (2002).
    • Bitter Grounds
      – First published in: Mojo: Conjure Stories (2003).
    • Other People
      – First published in: The Magazine of Fantasy & Science Fiction 101, 2001.
    • Keepsakes and Treasures
      – First published in: 999 (1999).
    • Good Boys Deserve Favors
      – First published in: Overstreet’s Fan Magazine, 1995.
    • The Facts in the Case of the Departure of Miss Finch
      – First published in: Frank Frazetta Fantasy Illustrated #3, 1998.
    • Strange Little Girls
      – First published in: Strange Little Girls (2001).
    • Harlequin Valentine
      – First published in: World Horror Convention Book, 1998.
    • Locks
      – First published in: Silver Birch, Blood Moon (1999).
    • The Problem of Susan
      – First published in: Flights (2004).
    • Instructions
      – First published in: Wolf at the Door (2000).
    • How Do You Think It Feels?
      – First published in: In the Shadow of the Gargoyle (1998).
    • My Life
      – First published in: Sock Monkeys (2002).
    • Fifteen Painted Cards from a Vampire Tarot
      – First published in: The Art of the Vampire (2008).
    • Feeders and Eaters
      – First published in: Keep out of the Night, 2002.
    • Diseasemaker’s Croup
      – First published in: The Thackery T. Lambshead Pocket Guide to Eccentric and Discredited Diseases (2002).
    • In the End
      – First published in: Strange Kaddish (1996).
    • Goliath
      – First published on: whatisthematrix.com, 1999.
    • Pages from a Journal Found in a Shoebox Left in a Greyhound Bus Somewhere Between Tulsa, Oklahoma, and Louisville, Kentucky
      – First appeared on Tori Amos: Scarlet’s Walk (2002).
    • How to Talk to Girls at Parties
    • The Day the Saucers Came
      – First published on: SpiderWords, 2006.
    • Sunbird
      – First published in: Noisy Outlaws (2005).
    • Inventing Aladdin
      – First published in: Swan Sister (2003).
    • The Monarch of the Glen
      – First published in: Legends II (2004).
  • M Is for Magic (for children) (2007)
    • The Case Of The Four And Twenty Blackbirds
      – First published in: Knave, 1984.
    • Troll Bridge
      – First published in: Snow White, Blood Red (1993).
    • Don’t Ask Jack
      – First published in: FAN, 1995.
    • How To Sell The Ponti Bridge
      – First published in: Imagine #24, 1985.
    • October In The Chair
      – First published in: Conjunctions no. 39, 2002.
    • The Price
      – First published in: Dark Terrors 3 (1997).
    • How to Talk to Girls at Parties
      – First published in: Fragile Things (2006).
    • Sunbird
      – First published in: Noisy Outlaws (2005).
    • The Witch’s Headstone
      – First published in: Wizards (2007).
    • Instructions
      – First published in: Wolf at the Door (2000).
  • Who Killed Amanda Palmer: A Collection of Photographic Evidence (2009)
    – Photography book with related short stories; with Amanda Palmer, Kyle Cassidy and Beth Hommel.
  • The Shadow (2009)
    – Published in: Half-Minute Horrors; editor: Susan Rich.
  • Stories: All-New Tales (2010)
    – Editor, with Al Sarrantonio.
  • A Little Gold Book of Ghastly Stuff (2011)
    • Before You Read This
      – With Todd Klein, 2009.
    • Featherquest
      – First published in: Imagine #14, 1984.
    • Feminine Endings
      – First published in: Four Letter Word (2007).
    • Orange
      – First published in: The Starry Rift (2008).
    • Orphee
      – First published on: Orphee album, 2000.
  • Unnatural Creatures (2013)
    – Editor, with Maria Dahvana Headley.
  • House (2013)
    – Published on: Tor.com.
  • Kissing Song (2014)
    – Published in: Uncanny Magazine.
  • How the Marquis Got His Coat Back (2014)
    – Published in: Rogues; editors: George R. R. Martin and Gardner Dozois.
  • How the Marquis Got His Coat Back ( 2014)
    – Published in: Rogues; editors: George R. R. Martin and Gardner Dozois.
  • The Truth Is a Cave in the Black Mountains (2014)
    – Illustrated by Eddie Campbell.
  • Trigger Warning: Short Fictions and Disturbances (2015)
    • Making A Chair
      – First published on: An Evening with Neil Gaiman and Amanda Palmer, CD, 2011.
    • A Lunar Labyrinth
      – First published in: Shadows of the New Sun (2013).
    • The Thing About Cassandra
      – First published in: Songs of Love and Death (2010).
    • Down To A Sunless Sea
      – First published in: The Guardian, 2013.
    • The Truth Is A Cave In The Black Mountains …
      – First published in: Stories (2010).
    • My Last Landlady
      – First published in: Off the Coastal Path (2010).
    • Adventure Story
      – First published in: McSweeney’s #40, 2012.
    • Orange
      – First published in: The Starry Rift (2008).
    • A Calendar Of Tales
      – First published in: A Calendar of Tales (2013).
    • The Case Of Death And Honey
      – First published in: A Study in Sherlock (2011).
    • The Man Who Forgot Ray Bradbury
      – First published in: Shadow Show (2012).
    • Jerusalem
      – First appeared on: BBC Radio 4, 2007.
    • Click-Clack The Rattlebag
      – First published in: Impossible Monsters (2013).
    • An Invocation Of Incuriosity
      – First published in: Songs of the Dying Earth (2009).
    • And Weep, Like Alexander
      – First published in: Fables of the Fountain (2013).
    • Nothing O’Clock
      – First published in: Doctor Who: 11 Doctors, 11 Stories (2013).
    • Diamonds And Pearls: A Fairy Tale
      – First published in: Who Killed Amanda Palmer (2009).
    • The Return Of The Thin White Duke
      – First published in: V Magazine, 2004.
    • Feminine Endings
      – First published in: Four Letter Word (2007).
    • Observing The Formalities
      – First published in: Troll’s Eye View (2009).
    • The Sleeper And The Spindle
      – First published in: Rags and Bones (2013).
    • Witch Work
      – First published in: Under My Hat (2012).
    • In Relig Odhráin
      – First published by: Comic Book Legal Defense Fund, 2011.
    • Black Dog
Children’s Books
  • The Day I Swapped My Dad for Two Goldfish (1997)
    – With illustrations by Dave McKean.
  • The Wolves in the Walls (2003)
    – With illustrations by Dave McKean.
  • Melinda (2005)
    – With illustrations by Dagmara Matuszak.
  • MirrorMask (2005)
    – With illustrations by Dave McKean.
  • Odd and the Frost Giants (2008)
  • The Dangerous Alphabet (2008)
    – With illustrations by Gris Grimly.
  • Blueberry Girl (2009)
    – With illustrations by Charles Vess.
  • Crazy Hair (2009)
    – With illustrations by Dave McKean.
  • Instructions (2010)
    – With illustrations by Charles Vess.
  • Chu’s Day (2013)
    – With illustrations by Adam Rex.
  • Fortunately, the Milk (2013)
    – With illustrations by Skottie Young.
  • Fortunately, the Milk… (2013)
    – With illustrations by Chris Riddell. Par bonheur, le lait… (French edition, 2015) with illustrations by Boulet.
  • Chu’s First Day of School (2014)
    – With illustrations by Adam Rex.
  • Hansel and Gretel (2014)
    – With illustrations by Lorenzo Mattotti.
  • The Sleeper and the Spindle (2014)
    – With illustrations by Chris Riddell.
  • Chu’s Day at the Beach (2016)
    – With illustrations by Adam Rex.
  • Cinnamon (2017)
    – With illustrations by Divya Srinivasan.
  • Pirate Stew (2020)
    – With illustrations by Chris Riddell.
Graphic Novels and Comics
The Sandman
  • Volume 1 (2006)
    • Preludes and Nocturnes
      – With Sam Kieth and Mike Dringenberg, in #1–8, 1989.
    • The Doll’s House
      – With Mike Dringenberg, Chris Bachalo and Michael Zulli, in #9–16, 1989–1990.
    • Dream Country
      – With Kelley Jones, Charles Vess and Colleen Doran, in #17–20, 1990.
  • Volume 2 (2007)
    • Season of Mists
      – With Mike Dringenberg, Kelley Jones and Matt Wagner, in #21–28, 1990–1991.
    • Distant Mirrors
      – With Stan Woch, Bryan Talbot and Shawn McManus, in #29–31, 1991.
    • A Game of You
      – With Shawn McManus, Colleen Doran and Bryan Talbot, in #32–37, 1991–1992.
    • The Hunt
      – With Duncan Eagleson, in No. 38, 1992.
    • Soft Places
      – With John Watkiss, in No. 39, 1992.
    • Vertigo: Winter’s Edge #1: The Flowers of Romance
      – With John Bolton, 1998.
    • Sandman: A Gallery of Dreams
      – With various artists, 1994.
  • Volume 3 (2007)
    • The Parliament of Rooks
      – With Jill Thompson, in No. 40, 1992.
    • Brief Lives
      – With Jill Thompson, in #41–49, 1992–1993.
    • Ramadan
      – With P. Craig Russell, in No. 50, 1993.
    • World’s End
      – With various artists, in #51–56, 1993.
    • Sandman Special: The Song of Orpheus
      – With Bryan Talbot, 1991.
    • Vertigo Preview: Fear of Falling
      – With Kent Williams, 1992.
    • Vertigo: Winter’s Edge #3: “How They Met Themselves
      – With Michael Zulli, 2000.
  • Volume 4 (2008)
    • The Kindly Ones
      – With various artists, in #57–69, 1994–1995.
    • The Wake
      – With Michael Zulli, Jon J. Muth and Charles Vess, in #70–75, 1995–1996.
    • Vertigo Jam: The Castle
      – With Kevin Nowlan, 1993.
    • The Dreaming #8: Three ‘Lost’ Pages from ‘The Wake’
      – With Michael Zulli, 1997.
  • Death (2009)
    • The Sound of Her Wings
      – With Mike Dringenberg, in #8, 1989.
    • Facade
      – With Colleen Doran, in #20, 1990.
    • Death Talks About Life
      – With Dave McKean, 1993.
    • Death: The High Cost of Living #1–3
      – With Chris Bachalo, 1993.
    • A Death Gallery
      – With various artists, one-shot, 1994.
    • Death: The Time of Your Life #1–3
      – With Chris Bachalo, 1996.
    • Vertigo: Winter’s Edge #2: A Winter’s Tale
      – With Jeffrey Catherine Jones, 1999.
    • 9-11 Volume 2: The Wheel
      – With Chris Bachalo; graphic novel (2002).
  • Volume 5 (2011)
    • Endless Nights (2003)
      • Death and Venice
        – With P. Craig Russell.
      • What I’ve Tasted of Desire
        – With Milo Manara.
      • Dream: The Heart of a Star
        – With Miguelanxo Prado.
      • Fifteen Portraits of Despair
        – With Barron Storey.
      • Delirium: Going Inside
        – With Bill Sienkiewicz.
      • Destruction: On the Peninsula
        – With Glenn Fabry.
      • Destiny: Endless Nights
        – With Frank Quitely.
    • Midnight Theatre (1995)
      – With Matt Wagner and Teddy Kristiansen.
    • The Dream Hunters (1999)
      – With Yoshitaka Amano; prose novel.
    • The Dream Hunters #1–4 (2008–2009)
      – With P. Craig Russell.
  • The Sandman: Overture
    – With J. H. Williams III, #1-6, 2013-2015) collected as The Sandman: Overture Deluxe Edition (hc, 224 pages, 2015, ISBN 1-4012-4896-9)
Spawn / Angela
  • Spawn #9: “Angela” (1993)
    – With Todd McFarlane; collected in Dark Discoveries (1997).
  • Spawn #26 (1994)
    – With Todd McFarlane and Greg Capullo.
  • Angela #1–3 (1994–1995)
    – With Greg Capullo; collected as Spawn: Angela (1995).
The Neil Gaiman Library (Dark Horse Graphic Novels):
  • Harlequin Valentine (2001)
    – With John Bolton.
  • Murder Mysteries (2002)
    – With P. Craig Russell.
  • Creatures of the Night (2004)
    – With Michael Zulli.
  • The Facts in the Case of the Departure of Miss Finch (2008)
    – With Michael Zulli.
  • How to Talk to Girls at Parties (2016)
    – With Fábio Moon and Gabriel Bá.
  • Troll Bridge (2016)
    – With Colleen Doran.
  • Forbidden Brides of the Faceless Slaves in the Secret House of the Night of Dread Desire (2017)
    – With Shane Oakley.
  • A Study in Emerald (2018)
    – With Rafael Albuquerque.
  • Only the End of the World Again (2018)
    – With P. Craig Russell and Troy Nixey.
  • Likely Stories (2018)
    – With Mark Buckingham.
  • Snow, Glass, Apples (2019)
    – With Colleen Doran.
  • The Problem of Susan and Other Stories (2019)
    – With P. Craig Russell, Scott Hampton and Paul Chadwick.
Neil Gaiman’s American Gods:
  • American Gods, Vol. 1: Shadows (2017)
    – Wth P. Craig Russell and Scott Hampton.
  • American Gods, Vol. 2: My Ainsel (2018)
    – With P. Craig Russell and Scott Hampton.
  • American Gods, Vol. 3: The Moment of the Storm (2019)
    – With P. Craig Russell and Scott Hampton.
Neil Gaiman’s Norse Mythology:
  • Norse Mythology, Vol. 1 (2020-21)
    – Wth P. Craig Russell, Mike Mignola, Jerry Ordway, David Rubín, Piotr Kowalski, and Jill Thompson, #1-6.
Other Graphic Novels and Comics
  • Violent Cases (1987)
    – With Dave McKean; graphic novel.
  • Judge Dredd Annual ’88: Judge Hershey: Sweet Justice (1987)
  • Outrageous Tales from the Old Testament (1987)
    – Anthology graphic novel.

    • The Book of Judges
      – With Mike Matthews.
    • Jael and Sisera
      – With Julie Hollings.
    • Jephitah and His Daughter
      – With Peter Rigg.
    • Journey to Bethlehem
      – With Steve Gibson.
    • The Prophet Who Came to Dinner
      – With Dave McKean.
    • The Tribe of Benjamin
      – With Mike Matthews.
  • Blaam! #1: The Great Cool Challenge (1988)
    – With Shane Oakley.
  • AARGH! #1: From Homogenous to Honey (1988)
    – With Bryan Talbot.
  • Black Orchid #1–3 (1988–1989)
    – With Dave McKean; collected as Black Orchid (1991).
  • Redfox #20: Fragments (1989)
    – With SMS.
  • Trident #1: The Light Brigade (1989)
    – With Nigel Kitching.
  • Seven Deadly Sins: Sloth (1989)
    – With Bryan Talbot.
  • Signal to Noise (1989)
    – With Dave McKean.
  • Revolver Horror Special: Feeders and Eaters (1990)
    – With Mark Buckingham.
  • Breakthrough: Vier Mauern (1990)
    – With Dave McKean; anthology graphic novel.
  • The Books of Magic #1–4 (1990–1991)
    – With John Bolton, Scott Hampton, Charles Vess and Paul Johnson; collected as The Books of Magic (1993).
  • Miracleman
    – With Mark Buckingham.

    • The Golden Age (1992)
      – In #17–22, 1990–1991.
    • Retrieval
      – Co-feature; in #17–22, 1990–1991.
    • The Silver Age
      – In #23–24, 1991.
    • Apocrypha (1993)
      – Includes The Library of Olympus; in Apocrypha #1–3, 1991–1992.
  • Cerebus #147: Being an Account of the Life and Death of the Emperor Heliogabolus (1992)
    – Script and art.
  • Clive Barker’s Hellraiser #20: Wordsworth (1993)
    – With Dave McKean.
  • The Children’s Crusade #1–2 (1993–1994)
    – With Chris Bachalo, Jamie Delano, Alisa Kwitney and Peter Snejbjerg; collected in The Children’s Crusade (2013).
  • Roarin’ Rick’s Rare Bit Fiends #2–3: Celebrity Rare Bit Fiends (1994)
    – With Rick Veitch.
  • Negative Burn: We Can Get Them for You Wholesale (1994)
    – With Joe Pruett and Ken Meyer Jr., in No. 11.
  • The Last Temptation #1–3 (1994)
    – With Michael Zulli. Comic book for Alice Cooper’s album of the same name.
  • The Tragical Comedy or Comical Tragedy of Mr. Punch (1994)
    – With Dave McKean; graphic novel.
  • Elric: One Life No. 0 (1996)
    – With P. Craig Russell, Topps; collected in Elric: Stormbringer (1998).
  • It’s Dark in London: “The Court” (1996)
    – With Warren Pleece; graphic nove.
  • Neil Gaiman and Charles Vess’ Stardust #1–4 (1997–1998)
    – With Charles Vess, collected as Stardust: Being a Romance within the Realm of Faerie (1998).
  • The Old Warlock’s Reverie: A Pantoum (1998)
    – With Guy Davis, in No. 50.
  • Oni Double Feature #6–8: Only the End of the World Again (1998)
    – With P. Craig Russell and Troy Nixey; collected as Neil Gaiman’s Only the End of the World Again (2000).
  • The Spirit: The New Adventures #2: The Return of the Mink Stole (1998)
    – With Eddie Campbell; collected in Will Eisner’s The Spirit Archives, Volume 27 (2009).
  • Cherry Deluxe #1: The Innkeeper’s Soul (1998)
    – With Larry Welz.
  • Frank Frazetta Fantasy Illustrated #3: The Facts in the Case of the Departure of Miss Finch (1998)
    – With Tony Daniel.
  • Shoggoth’s Old Peculiar (1998)
    – With Jouni Koponen.
  • Neil Gaiman’s Midnight Days (1999)
    • Framing Sequence
      – With Sergio Aragones; in: Welcome Back to the House of Mystery (1998).
    • Jack in the Green
      – With Stephen R. Bissette and John Totleben; previously unpublished Swamp Thing story.
    • Brothers
      – With Mike Hoffman and Richard Piers Rayner; in: Swamp Thing Annual No. 5, 1990.
    • Shaggy God Stories
      – With Mike Mignola; in: Swamp Thing Annual No. 5, 1990.
    • Hold Me
      – With Dave McKean; in: Hellblazer No. 27, 1990.
    • The Sandman: Midnight Theatre (1995)
      – With Matt Wagner and Teddy Kristiansen.
  • Heroes: The Song of the Lost (2001)
    – With Jae Lee.
  • Little Walks for Sightseers Volume 16: A Walking Tour of the Shambles (2002)
    – With Gene Wolfe and Randy Broecker; graphic novel.
  • The Extraordinary Works of Alan Moore: True Things (2003)
    – With Mark Buckingham.
  • Marvel 1602 #1–8 (2003)
    – With Andy Kubert; collected as Marvel 1602 (2004).
  • Eternals #1–7 (2007)
    – With John Romita Jr.; collected as Eternals (2007).
  • John Romita Jr. 30th Anniversary Special: Romita – Space Knight (2007)
    – With Hilary Barta.
  • 2000 AD: The Best of Tharg’s Future Shocks (2008)
    • You’re Never Alone with a Phone
      – With John Hicklenton, in No. 488, 1986.
    • Conversation Piece
      – With Dave Wyatt, in No. 489, 1986.
    • I’m a Believer
      – With Massimo Belardinelli, in No. 536, 1987.
    • What’s in a Name?
      – With Steve Yeowell, in No. 538, 1987.
  • Mister X Archives (2008)
    • Mr. X: Heartsprings and Watchstops
      – With Dave McKean, in #1, 1989.
    • Cover Story
      – With Kelley Jones, in No. 5, 1991.
  • Taboo
    In Spiderbaby Grafix.

    • Babycakes
      – With Michael Zulli, in No. 4, 1990.
    • Blood Monster
      – With Nancy O’Connor, in No. 6, 1992.
    • Sweeney Todd: Prologue
      – With Michael Zulli, in #7, 1992.
  • CBLDF Presents: Liberty Comics #2: 100 Words (2009)
    – With Jim Lee.
  • Batman: Whatever Happened to the Caped Crusader? (2009)
    • Whatever Happened to the Caped Crusader?
      – With Andy Kubert, in Batman No. 686 and Detective Comics No. 853, 2009.
    • Secret Origins:
      • Pavane
        – With Mark Buckingham, in No. 36, 1989.
      • Original Sins
        – With Mike Hoffman, in Special No. 1, 1989.
      • When is a Door?
        – With Bernie Mireault, in Special No. 1, 1989.
    • A Black and White World
      – With Simon Bisley, in Batman: Black and White No. 2, 1996.
  • Miracleman (2015-2016)
    – With Mark Buckingham.
  • The DC Universe by Neil Gaiman (2016)
    – All material from Batman: Whatever Happened to the Caped Crusader? (2009), plus:

    • Alan Grant and Sam Kieth: The Killing Peck; first published in: Secret Origins Special No. 1, 1989
    • Mark Verheiden and Pat Broderick: Two-Face
      – First published in: Secret Origins Special No. 1, 1989.
    • Green Lantern/Superman: Legend of the Green Flame
      – With various artists, 2000.
    • On the Stairs
      – With Teddy Kristiansen; in Solo, 2005.
    • Metamorpho
      – With Mike Allred; in Wednesday Comics #1–12, 2009.
Nonfiction
  • Duran Duran: The First Four Years of the Fab Five (1984)
  • Ghastly Beyond Belief (1985)
    – Co-editor with Kim Newman.
  • Don’t Panic: The Official Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy Companion (1988)
  • Make Good Art (2013)
  • The View from the Cheap Seats (2016)
  • Art Matters: Because Your Imagination Can Change the World (2018)
    – Illustrated by Chris Riddell.
Audio Recordings
Song Lyrics
  • The Flash Girls: The Return of Pansy Smith & Violet Jones (1993)
  • The Flash Girls: Maurice & I (1994)
  • The Flash Girls: Play Each Morning Wild Queen (2001)
  • Folk UnderGround: Buried Things (2003)
  • Folk UnderGround: Get Y’er Hands Off Me Booty! (2004)
  • One Ring Zero: As Smart As We Are (2004)
    – Track: On The Wall.
  • Lorraine-a-Malena: Mirror, Mirror (2005)
  • Olga Nunes: A Dream of Gardens (2007)
  • Olga Nunes: Maps For The Open Road (2009)
  • MirrorMask soundtrack (2005)
    – Track: If I Apologised.
Spoken Word
  • Warning: Contains Language (1995)
    – Stories read by Gaiman; music by Dave McKean.
  • Signal to Noise (2000)
    – Audio drama with full cast and music.
  • Two Plays for Voices (2002)
    Snow, Glass, Apples
    Murder Mysteries
    – Full cast and music.
  • Telling Tales (2003)
    – Stories narrated by Gaiman, with percussion by Robin Adnan Anders.

    • A Writer’s Prayer
    • Harlequin Valentine
    • Boys and Girls Together
    • The Wedding Present
    • In The End
  • The Neil Gaiman Audio Collection (2004)
    – Children’s stories: “Wolves in the Walls”, “Day I Swapped my Dad for Two Goldfish”, “Cinnamon”, “Crazy Hair”)
  • Speaking in Tongues (2005)
    • Daughter of Owls
    • Instructions
    • The Price
    • The Sea Change
    • The Facts In the Case of the Departure of Miss Finch
  • Where’s Neil When You Need Him? (2006)
    – Songs by seventeen bands based on Gaiman’s work; artwork by Dave McKean; liner notes by Neil Gaiman.
  • Nighty Night (2011)
    – Six-song album; Amanda Palmer, Damian Kulash (OK Go), and Ben Folds perform as 8in8.
Film / Television / Videos / Video Games
  • Neverwhere (1996)
    – Creator and writer (6 episodes).
  • Princess Mononoke (1997)
    – Script adaptation for the Miramax English dub of the Japanese anime.
  • Babylon 5 (1998)
    – Writer: Episode Day of the Dead.
  • Neil Gaiman: Live at the Aladdin (2001)
    – Video.
  • A Short Film About John Bolton (2003)
    – Writer and director; directorial debut.
  • MirrorMask (2005)
    – Story by Gaiman and Dave McKean, screenplay by Gaiman (also published in book form in 2005).
  • Stardust (2007)
    – Producer; movie based on his novel Stardust.
  • Beowulf (2007)
    – Writer (with Roger Avary) and executive producer; based on the epic poem of the same name. Screenplay also published in book form in 2007.
  • Coraline (2009)
    – Based on his novel of the same name.
  • 10 Minute Tales (2009)
    – Writer and director: Episode Statuesque.
  • Arthur (2010)
    – Appearance as himself; episode: Falafelosophy.
  • The Simpsons (2011)
    – Appearance as himself; episode: The Book Job.
  • Doctor Who (2011–2013)
    – Writer: Episodes The Doctor’s Wife, Nightmare in Silver, and Rain Gods (DVD-exclusive mini-episode).
  • Jay & Silent Bob’s Super Groovy Cartoon Movie (2013)
    – Animated film; voice appearance as Albert the Manservant.
  • Wayward Manor (2013)
    – Game developed by The Odd Gentlemen; written by Gaiman.
  • The Making of a Superhero (2015)
    – Musical short film; appearance as Melvin Morel.
  • Neil Gaiman’s Likely Stories (2016)
    – Executive producer; based on four of Gaiman’s short stories.
  • Lucifer (2016 – present)
    – Loosely based on Gaiman’s characters; voiceover as God in episode Once Upon a Time.
  • How to Talk to Girls at Parties (2017)
    – Executive producer; based on his short story How to Talk to Girls at Parties.
  • American Gods (2017)
    – Writer and executive producer; based on Gaiman’s novel of the same name.
  • The Big Bang Theory (2018)
    – Appearance as himself; episode: The Comet Polarization.
  • Good Omens (2019)
    – Writer and executive producer; based on Gaiman’s and Terry Pratchett’s novel of the same name. Appearance as himself in the cinema scene in episode 4.

 

A Selection of Quotes

Good Omens

“Most books on witchcraft will tell you that witches work naked. This is because most books on witchcraft were written by men.”

“It may help to understand human affairs to be clear that most of the great triumphs and tragedies of history are caused, not by people being fundamentally good or fundamentally bad, but by people being fundamentally people.”

“DON’T THINK OF IT AS DYING, said Death. JUST THINK OF IT AS LEAVING EARLY TO AVOID THE RUSH.”

“God does not play dice with the universe; He plays an ineffable game of His own devising, which might be compared, from the perspective of any of the other players [i.e. everybody], to being involved in an obscure and complex variant of poker in a pitch-dark room, with blank cards, for infinite stakes, with a Dealer who won’t tell you the rules, and who smiles all the time.”

“The future came and went in the mildly discouraging way that futures do.”

“If you stopped tellin’ people it’s all sorted out after they’re dead, they might try sorting it all out while they’re alive.”

Coraline

“Fairy tales are more than true: not because they tell us that dragons exist, but because they tell us that dragons can be beaten.”

“When you’re scared but you still do it anyway, that’s brave.”

“The cat wrinkled its nose and managed to look unimpressed. ‘Calling cats,’ it confided, ‘tends to be a rather overrated activity. Might as well call a whirlwind.'”

The Kindly Ones

“Have you ever been in love? Horrible isn’t it? It makes you so vulnerable. It opens your chest and it opens up your heart and it means that someone can get inside you and mess you up.”

American Gods

“What I say is, a town isn’t a town without a bookstore. It may call itself a town, but unless it’s got a bookstore, it knows it’s not foolin’ a soul.”

“‘Hey,’ said Shadow. ‘Huginn or Muninn, or whoever you are.’
The bird turned, head tipped, suspiciously, on one side, and it stared at him with bright eyes.
‘Say ‘Nevermore,” said Shadow.
‘Fuck you,’ said the raven.”

“There’s never been a true war that wasn’t fought between two sets of people who were certain they were in the right. The really dangerous people believe they are doing whatever they are doing solely and only because it is without question the right thing to do. And that is what makes them dangerous.”

“There’s none so blind as those who will not listen.”

“I believe […] that while all human life is sacred there’s nothing wrong with the death penalty if you can trust the legal system implicitly, and that no one but a moron would ever trust the legal system.”

The Ocean at the End of the Lane

“I lived in books more than I lived anywhere else.”

“Books were safer than other people anyway.”

“Monsters come in all shapes and sizes. Some of them are things people are scared of. Some of them are things that look like things people used to be scared of a long time ago. Sometimes monsters are things people should be scared of, but they aren’t.”

Fragile Things

“There are so many fragile things, after all. People break so easily, and so do dreams and hearts.”

“Stories, like people and butterflies and songbirds’ eggs and human hearts and dreams, are also fragile things, made up of nothing stronger or more lasting than twenty-six letters and a handful of punctuation marks. Or they are words on the air, composed of sounds and ideas-abstract, invisible, gone once they’ve been spoken-and what could be more frail than that? But some stories, small, simple ones about setting out on adventures or people doing wonders, tales of miracles and monsters, have outlasted all the people who told them, and some of them have outlasted the lands in which they were created.”

Smoke and Mirrors

“When I was a child, adults would tell me not to make things up, warning me of what would happen if I did. As far as I can tell so far, it seems to involve lots of foreign travel and not having to get up too early in the morning.”

“Stories are in one way or another mirrors. We use them to explain to ourselves how the world works or how it doesn’t work. Like mirrors stories prepare us for the day to come. They distract us from the things in darkness.”

“People talk about books that write themselves, and it’s a lie. Books don’t write themselves. It takes thought and research and backache and notes and more time and more work than you’d believe.”

“The irritating question they ask us – us being writers – is: ‘Where do you get your ideas?’
And the answer is: Confluence. Things come together. The right ingredients and suddenly: Abracadabra!”

M Is for Magic

“Stories you read when you’re the right age never quite leave you. You may forget who wrote them or what the story was called. Sometimes you’ll forget precisely what happened, but if a story touches you it will stay with you, haunting the places in your mind that you rarely ever visit.”

The Graveyard Book

“It’s like the people who believe they’ll be happy if they go and live somewhere else, but who learn it doesn’t work that way. Wherever you go, you take yourself with you. If you see what I mean.”

“You’re alive, Bod. That means you have infinite potential. You can do anything, make anything, dream anything. If you can change the world, the world will change. Potential. Once you’re dead, it’s gone. Over. You’ve made what you’ve made, dreamed your dream, written your name. You may be buried here, you may even walk. But that potential is finished.”

“‘Name the different kinds of people,’ said Miss Lupescu. ‘Now.’
Bod thought for a moment. ‘The living,’ he said. ‘Er. The dead.’ He stopped. Then, ‘… Cats?’ he offered, uncertainly.”

“Nearly’ only counts in horseshoes and hand-grenades.”

Anansi Boys

“Each person who ever was or is or will be has a song. It isn’t a song that anybody else wrote. It has its own melody, it has its own words. Very few people get to sing their song. Most of us fear that we cannot do it justice with our voices, or that our words are too foolish or too honest, or too odd. So people live their song instead.”

Stardust

“You have to believe. Otherwise, it will never happen.”

“Anyone who believes what a cat tells him deserves all he gets.”

The Sandman: Preludes & Nocturnes

“CHORONZON: I am a dire wolf, prey-stalking, lethal prowler.
MORPHEUS: I am a hunter, horse-mounted, wolf-stabbing.
CHORONZON: I am a horsefly, horse-stinging, hunter-throwing.
MORPHEUS: I am a spider, fly-consuming, eight legged.
CHORONZON: I am a snake, spider-devouring, posion-toothed.
MORPHEUS: I am an ox, snake-crushing, heavy-footed.
CHORONZON: I am an anthrax, butcher bacterium, warm-life destroying.
MORPHEUS: I am a world, space-floating, life-nurturing.
CHORONZON: I am a nova, all-exploding… planet-cremating.
MORPHEUS: I am the Universe – all things encompassing, all life embracing.
CHORONZON: I am Anti-Life, the Beast of Judgment. I am the dark at the end of everything. The end of universes, gods, worlds… of everything. Sss. And what will you be then, Dreamlord?
MORPHEUS: I am hope.”

Neverwhere

“I have always felt that violence was the last refuge of the incompetent, and empty threats the last sanctuary of the terminally inept.”

Online Journal / Blog

Journal entry of September 07, 2002:
“When writing a novel, that’s pretty much entirely what life turns into: ‘House burned down. Car stolen. Cat exploded. Did 1500 easy words, so all in all it was a pretty good day.”

Blog response to a follower’s comment (August 28, 2003):
“[D]on’t ever apologise to an author for buying something in paperback, or taking it out from a library (that’s what they’re there for. Use your library). Don’t apologise to this author for buying books second hand, or getting them from bookcrossing or borrowing a friend’s copy. What’s important to me is that people read the books and enjoy them, and that, at some point in there, the book was bought by someone. And that people who like things, tell other people. The most important thing is that people read …”

On Writing (February 3, 2004):
“Being a writer is a very peculiar sort of a job: it’s always you versus a blank sheet of paper (or a blank screen) and quite often the blank piece of paper wins.”

somewhat less sinister ducks (April 23, 2004):
“Tomorrow may be hell, but today was a good writing day, and on the good writing days nothing else matters.”

Pens, Rules, Finishing Things and Why Stephin Merritt is not Grouchy (May 2, 2004):
“This is how you do it: you sit down at the keyboard and you put one word after another until its done. It’s that easy, and that hard.”

Journal entry of January 31, 2009:
“But the truth is, it’s not the idea, it’s never the idea, it’s always what you do with it.”
Online 

FAQ – Advice to Authors on Gaiman’s website (http://www.neilgaiman.com)

“The best advice I can give on this is, once it’s done, to put it away until you can read it with new eyes. When you’re ready, pick it up and read it, as if you’ve never read it before. If there are things you aren’t satisfied with as a reader, go in and fix them as a writer: that’s revision.”

As endorsed on Gaiman’s official Tumblr (Nov. 6, 2013)

[Quote itself is older]

“Picking five favorite books is like picking the five body parts you’d most like not to lose.”

Writing in The Guardian

15 October 2013:
“I believe we have an obligation to read for pleasure, in private and in public places. If we read for pleasure, if others see us reading, then we learn, we exercise our imaginations. We show others that reading is a good thing.”

Ten rules for writing fiction (20 February 2010):
“1. Write.
2. Put one word after another. Find the right word, put it down.
3. Finish what you’re writing. Whatever you have to do to finish it, finish it.
4. Put it aside. Read it pretending you’ve never read it before. Show it to friends whose opinion you respect and who like the kind of thing that this is.
5. Remember: when people tell you something’s wrong or doesn’t work for them, they are almost always right. When they tell you exactly what they think is wrong and how to fix it, they are almost always wrong.
6. Fix it. Remember that, sooner or later, before it ever reaches perfection, you will have to let it go and move on and start to write the next thing. Perfection is like chasing the horizon. Keep moving.
7. Laugh at your own jokes.
8. The main rule of writing is that if you do it with enough assurance and confidence, you’re allowed to do whatever you like. (That may be a rule for life as well as for writing. But it’s definitely true for writing.) So write your story as it needs to be written. Write it ­honestly, and tell it as best you can. I’m not sure that there are any other rules. Not ones that matter.”

Keynote Address, University of the Arts, 134th Commencement (Philadelphia, PA, May 17, 2012)

“The one thing that you have that nobody else has is you. Your voice, your mind, your story, your vision. So write and draw and build and play and dance and live as only you can.”

Libraries on the Front Lines, ALA interview 2011

“Libraries are the thin red line between civilization and barbarism.”

Jumbo.com, August 21, 2012

“Q: I want to be an author when I grow up. Am I insane?”
Neil Gaiman: “Yes. Growing up is highly overrated. Just be an author.”

As quoted on BookRiot (June 18, 2013)

“A book is a dream that you hold in your hands.”

Confirmed as authentic and rephrased by Gaiman himself on the StoryMuseum Website (and indirectly also HERE):

“My cousin Helen, who is in her 90s now, was in the Warsaw ghetto during World War II. She and a bunch of the girls in the ghetto had to do sewing each day. And if you were found with a book, it was an automatic death penalty. She had gotten hold of a copy of ‘Gone With the Wind’, and she would take three or four hours out of her sleeping time each night to read. And then, during the hour or so when they were sewing the next day, she would tell them all the story. These girls were risking certain death for a story. And when she told me that story herself, it actually made what I do feel more important. Because giving people stories is not a luxury. It’s actually one of the things that you live and die for.”

Find more quotes by Neil Gaiman on Wikiquote and Goodreads.

 

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