Who is Neil Gaiman

Kyle-cassidy-neil-gaiman-April-2013.jpgNeil Richard MacKinnon Gaiman born Neil Richard Gaiman,10 November 1960)is an English author of short fiction, novels, comic books, graphic novels, audio theatre, and films. His notable 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.

Born Neil Richard Gaiman
(1960-11-10) 10 November 1960 (age 56)
Portchester, Hampshire, England
Occupation Author, comic book creator, screenwriter, voice actor
Nationality British
Genre Fantasy, horror, science fiction, dark fantasy
Notable works The Sandman, Neverwhere, American Gods, Stardust, Coraline, The Graveyard Book, Good Omens, The Ocean at the End of the Lane
Publishers
DC/Vertigo 1988–present
Marvel 1994–2007
William Morrow 1999–present
HarperCollins 2005–2007

Advocacy

In 2016, Gaiman, as well as Cate Blanchett, Chiwetel Ejiofor, Peter Capaldi, Douglas Booth, Jesse Eisenberg, Keira Knightley, Juliet Stevenson, Kit Harington, and Stanley Tucci, appear in the video “What They Took With Them”, from the United Nations’ refugee agency UNHCR, to help raise awareness of the issue of global refugees.

Gaiman is a supporter and board member of the Comic Book Legal Defense Fund

DC Comics/Vertigo

  • Black Orchid #1–3 (with Dave McKean, 1988–1989) collected as Black Orchid
  • Batman: Whatever Happened to the Caped Crusader?
    • “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)
  • The Sandman:
    • Volume 1 (hc, 612 pages, 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 (hc, 616 pages, 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, one-shot, 1994)
    • Volume 3 (hc, 616 pages, 2007, ISBN 1-4012-1084-8) collects:
      • “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 (hc, 608 pages, 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 (hc, 360 pages, 2009, ISBN 1-4012-2463-6) collects:
      • “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)[1]
      • 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, tpb, 224 pages, 2002, ISBN 1-56389-878-0)
    • Volume 5 (hc, 520 pages, 2011, ISBN 1-4012-3202-7) collects:
      • Endless Nights (hc, 160 pages, 2003, ISBN 1-4012-0089-3):
        • “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 (with Matt Wagner and Teddy Kristiansen, one-shot, 1995)
      • The Dream Hunters (with Yoshitaka Amano, prose novel, 1999)
      • The Dream Hunters #1–4 (with P. Craig Russell, 2008–2009)
    • The Sandman: Overture (with J. H. Williams III, #1-6, 2013-2015) collected as The Sandman: Overture Deluxe Edition (hc, 224 pages,
  • Neil Gaiman’s Midnight Days (tpb, 160 pages, 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, a 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 (with Matt Wagner and Teddy Kristiansen, one-shot, 1995)
  • The Books of Magic #1–4 (with John Bolton, Scott Hampton, Charles Vess and Paul Johnson, 1990–1991) collected as The Books of Magic
  • The Children’s Crusade #1–2 (with Chris Bachalo, Jamie Delano, Alisa Kwitney and Peter Snejbjerg, 1993–1994) collected in The Children’s Crusade
  • The Tragical Comedy or Comical Tragedy of Mr. Punch: A Romance (with Dave McKean, graphic novel,
  • Neil Gaiman and Charles Vess’ Stardust #1–4 (with Charles Vess, 1997–1998) collected as Stardust (Being a Romance within the Realm of Faerie)
  • Green Lantern/Superman: Legend of the Green Flame
  • Wednesday Comics #1–12: “Metamorpho”

Other US publishers

Titles published by various American publishers include:

  • Miracleman (with Mark Buckingham, Eclipse):
    • The Golden Age (
      • “The Golden Age” (in #17–22, 1990–1991)
    • “Retrieval” (co-feature, in #17–22, 1990–1991)
    • “The Silver Age” (in #23–24, 1991)[
    • Apocrypha (“The Library of Olympus” (in Apocrypha #1–3, 1991–1992)
  • Breakthrough: “Vier Mauern” (with Dave McKean, anthology graphic novel, tpb, 80 pages, Catalan Communications, 1990,
  • Cerebus #147: “Being an Account of the Life and Death of the Emperor Heliogabolus” (script and art, Aardvark-Vanaheim, 1992)[
  • Clive Barker’s Hellraiser #20: “Wordsworth” (with Dave McKean, Epic, 1993)
  • Image:
    • Spawn #9: “Angela” (with Todd McFarlane, 1993) collected in Dark Discoveries
    • Spawn #26 (with Todd McFarlane and Greg Capullo, 1994)
    • Angela #1–3 (with Greg Capullo, 1994–1995) collected as Spawn: Angela
    • CBLDF Presents: Liberty Comics #2: “100 Words” (with Jim Lee, 2009)
  • Negative Burn (Caliber):
    • “We Can Get Them for You Wholesale” (with Joe Pruett and Ken Meyer Jr., in No. 11, 1994)
    • “The Old Warlock’s Reverie: A Pantoum” (with Guy Davis, in No. 50, 1998)
  • Marvel:
    • The Last Temptation #1–3 (with Michael Zulli, 1994)
    • Heroes: “The Song of the Lost” (with Jae Lee, one-shot, 2001)
    • Marvel 1602 #1–8 (with Andy Kubert, 2003) collected as Marvel 1602
    • Eternals #1–7 (with John Romita Jr., 2007) collected as Eternals
    • John Romita Jr. 30th Anniversary Special: “Romita – Space Knight” (with Hilary Barta, 2007)
    • Miracleman (with Mark Buckingham, 2015-…)
  • Roarin’ Rick’s Rare Bit Fiends #2–3: “Celebrity Rare Bit Fiends” (with Rick Veitch, King Hell, 1994)
  • Elric: One Life No. 0 (with P. Craig Russell, Topps, 1996) collected in Elric: Stormbringer
  • Oni Double Feature #6–8: “Only the End of the World Again” (with P. Craig Russell and Troy Nixey, Oni Press, 1998) collected as Neil Gaiman’s Only the End of the World Again
  • The Spirit: The New Adventures #2: “The Return of the Mink Stole” (with Eddie Campbell, Kitchen Sink, 1998) collected in Will Eisner’s The Spirit Archives Volume 27
  • Cherry Deluxe #1: “The Innkeeper’s Soul” (with Larry Welz, Cherry, 1998)
  • Frank Frazetta Fantasy Illustrated #3: “The Facts in the Case of the Departure of Miss Finch” (with Tony Daniel, Quantum Cat, 1998)
  • Shoggoth’s Old Peculiar (with Jouni Koponen, one-shot, Dream Haven, 1998)
  • Dark Horse:
    • Harlequin Valentine (with John Bolton, graphic novel, hc,
    • Murder Mysteries (with P. Craig Russell, graphic novel, hc,
    • Creatures of the Night (with Michael Zulli, graphic novel, hc,
  • Little Walks for Sightseers Volume 16: “A Walking Tour of the Shambles” (with Gene Wolfe and Randy Broecker, graphic novel,
  • The Extraordinary Works of Alan Moore: “True Things” (with Mark Buckingham, TwoMorrows, 2003

Novels and children’s books

The following table can be sorted to show Gaiman’s novels in chronological order, or arranged alphabetically by title, or by co-author, or by series.
Year Title Co-author(s) Series Publisher
1990 Good Omens Terry Pratchett Workman Publishing
1996 Neverwhere BBC Books
1999 Stardust William Morrow
2001 American Gods William Morrow
2002 Coraline HarperCollins
2005 Anansi Boys HarperCollins
2007 InterWorld Michael Reaves InterWorld HarperCollins
2008 The Graveyard Book HarperCollins
2013 The Silver Dream Michael Reaves, Mallory Reaves InterWorld HarperCollins
2013 The Ocean at the End of the Lane William Morrow
2015 Eternity’s Wheel Michael Reaves, Mallory Reaves InterWorld HarperCollins

 

 

 

The Best Books by Neil Gaiman You Should Read

American Gods (2001)

Gaiman’s most famous and influential novel, American Gods, combines elements of an original cultural analysis of America’s identity and an urban fantasy. It gives readers a deep insight into how the beliefs of the Americans have changed, both because of the immigration process and the development of technology. Mythological creatures – the titular Gods – exist only because people believe in them, and together with their practices and values change the gods they believe in to suit their needs and desires. Today, the New American Gods – modern technology, means of transportation, and the like – need to win over the Old American Gods, brought to the country with the influx of its original immigrants. In an interview, Gaiman called American Gods a “celebration of the stuff you wouldn’t think about”, and indeed, this book, albeit a fantasy, will most probably change readers’ views on the legitimacy of their own beliefs and habits.

Neverwhere (1996)

The story told in Neverwhere, Gaiman’s second novel, was first created as a TV series by the BBC under the same title. The novel is set in London and for the most part takes place in the “London Below” – the tube stations beneath the city’s surface. Neverwhere is considered by Gaiman’s fans to be his weirdest and most mysterious novel, complete with the best-crafted villains to boot. What’s more, if reader’s liked the cultural commentaries and cutting societal undercurrents of American Gods, they are sure to like this totemic work too. Just as American Gods works to alter the way people think of the US, so does Neverwhere with London, in a sort of Orwellian, Down and Out kind of way.

Stardust (1999)

“There was once a young man who wished to gain his Heart’s Desire”, begins Gaiman’s novel Stardust. As is already visible from that opening sentence, Stardust is the writer’s take on the fairytale genre. The book is set in the town of Wall, where a wall separates a relatively normal town from a magical world. The engaging fairytale begins when a young boy promises the love of his life to bring her a fallen star, which he sees falling on the magical side of the wall. The adventures that ensue in the protagonist’s quest to achieve his romantic goal are fabulous and fantastical in the extreme; a fine way for older readers to rediscover that childish glee for all things magic and fantasy.

The Graveyard Book (2008)

Similarly to Stardust, The Graveyard Book can be read by adults and teenagers alike. It tells a story of a young boy who was raised in a graveyard by a vampire and ghosts. Nobody Owens, the book’s curiously named main character, needs to learn about the meaning of his own life and life in general, whilst living among the dead. When he becomes 12, he learns about the reason he’s been living in the graveyard his whole life and realizes what he needs to do to change things.

Odd and the Frost Giants (2008)

Odd and the Frost Giants is one of Gaiman’s best childrens’ fantasy books. The novel features Odd, a Norse boy who, after having been abandoned by his parents, embarks on a journey during which he meets an eagle, a bear and a fox. Soon the animals turn out to be cursed Nordic gods. Odd attempts to outwit the Frost Giants who cursed his animal friends. The book tells a story of courage and adventures whilst teaching its younger readers about mythology and history – especially of the Scandinavian variety!

Film

Year Title Credited as  
Writer Director Producer Role  
1997 Princess Mononoke Adaptation  
2003 A Short Film About John Bolton Yes Yes  
2005 MirrorMask Yes  
2007 Stardust Yes  
2007 Beowulf Yes Executive  
2009 Coraline  
2013 Jay & Silent Bob’s Super Groovy Cartoon Movie Yes  
2015 The Making of a Superhero Musical Yes  
2017 How to Talk to Girls at Parties Executive
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