Neil Gaiman – British science fiction writer, screenwriter, author of graphic novels and comics. Biography Neil Gaiman was born on November 10, 1960 in Portsmouth (Great Britain). In 1984 he completed his first work, a biography of the Duran Duran group. At the same time, he worked as a journalist and was involved in preparing interviews for various British magazines. In the late 1980s, his book “Don`t Panic: The Official Hitchhiker`s Guide to the Galaxy Companion” was published, about the writer Douglas Adams and his book “The Hitchhiker`s Guide to the Galaxy.” In 1988, the novel Good Omens was published, which Gaiman co-wrote with the famous English writer Terry Pratchett. In 1997 Gaiman wrote the fairy tale novel Stardust, which won the 1999 Mythopoeic Award. In 2007, the screen version of the novel was released – the film directed by Matthew Vaughn “Stardust”. Gaiman has written numerous comics for several publishers. His award-winning series The Sandman follows Morpheus, the anthropomorphic personification of Sleep. The series began in 1987 and was completed in 1996: 75 issues of the regular series, special issues and a prologue are collected in 11 volumes and still remain in print. In 1996 Gaiman and Ed Kramer wrote The Sandman: Book of Dreams. The work was nominated for a British Fantasy Award and featured stories and articles from Tori Amos, Clive Barker, Ted Williams and others.
Neil Gaiman is one of Britain’s leading writers of fantasy and graphic novel stories. He blends myths, folklore and urban legends into a diverse portfolio that includes the ground breaking graphic novel series The Sandmans, contemporary children’ s books such as Coraline, and adult fiction including Stardusters, Neverwhere and American Gods.
In the 1980s, Neil Gaiman wrote a biography on Duran Duraon, then broke into the comic book industry by creating Black Orchid and working for DC Comics to rework the character The Sandman. After 75 issues spanning five years, The Sandman was cancelled, but the series would go on to spawn two successful TV shows, an animated movie, and an entire Sandman Universe within DC Comics. But that's not all! His work has also inspired an entire universe of characters, including the Endless, a family of supernatural beings including Death, Destiny and Desire.
When I was a kid, my mom used to read me a lot of fairy tales. One of her favorites was "The Princess and the Pea." It’s a simple tale, really. A princess wants to marry a prince, so she tells him she'll only do it if he can find somewhere where she can hide a pea under one of her mattresses. He agrees, and off they go. But just as they're leaving, the princess realizes she left out a vital ingredient—the pea! So she sends the prince back to get it. By the time he gets back, though, the princess has already married someone else, because apparently she couldn't live without a pea under her mattress.
A collaboration between legendary writers Terry Pratchett and Stephen King, Good Omens follows two angels and one demon who decide they quite like the United Kingdom just the way it is, and join forces to prevent Armageddon.
Gaiman took his chance at a fairytale, with Stardust, which is about a young man who promises his lover that he'd bring her a star. He didn't quite realize that that particular star was in quite high demand. His story reads almost like a Burton script—and when the book ends, you can read the movie adaptation and see just how different they are from each other.
Gaiman's second book of short stories and poems contains many of his works published before 1998, and is perfect to get acquainted with his early work.
Originally a television series based on a book written by Neil Gaiman, American Gods is set in a parallel universe where gods exist alongside humans. A former conman named Shadow Moon travels through this world encountering various deities along the way.
The first twenty issues of The Sandman are in this edition and they follow Dream’s capture, his eventual escape and return to power. While he was gone, he interacted with Lucifer in Hell, Constantine, captured rogue dreams and defeated Doctor Destiny, a man using one of Dream’s tools for evil. The issue also includes shorter stories related directly to The Sandman world without direct impact on the main storyline. The Sandman is an elegantly illustrated epic that fans can both read and watch as a faithful adaptation streaming on Netflix.
For those who want a quick overview of Norse mythology without getting bogged down in academic or historical texts, Gaiman's Norse Myths is an excellent place to start. The novel retells both well known and lesser known stories from the Norse gods.
When a young girl finds a small door in her home, she opens it, only to discover a world where her parents are positive and fun. However, the more time she spends there, the more she learns of the sinister truth behind the house.
Winner of the 2002 Nebula Award, Bram Stoker Award, and Hugo Award, American Gods asks the questions: What if gods from various mythology were all real and humanized? And what if they were joined together by new gods, like a god for TV shows or conspiracy theories? Fans of mythology will love this book.
Not only has Gaiman worked for DC Comics, but he's also worked with marvel. One of his notable contribution was a limited series on eternals, illustrated by john romita jr. In this 2006 run the eternals wake up without having any memory of their powers and history, and have to figure out who they are and what happened to them…
Winner of the 2014 British National Book Award, A Curious Mind takes readers back to our protagonist’s childhood home where he recounts his experiences growing up. Readers who want a story about adolescence with elements of fantasy and magic will enjoy this book.