VJ Books Presents Neil Gaiman!
was born in Hampshire, UK, and now lives in the United States
near Minneapolis. As a child he discovered his love of books,
reading, and stories, devouring the works of C.S. Lewis, J.R.R.
Tolkien, James Branch Cabell, Edgar Allan Poe, Michael Moorcock,
Ursula K. LeGuin, Gene Wolfe, and G.K. Chesterton. A self-described
“feral child who was raised in libraries,” Gaiman credits
librarians with fostering a life-long love of reading.
began his writing career in England as a journalist. His first book
was a Duran Duran biography that took him three months to write, and
his second was a biography of Douglas Adams,
Panic: The Official Hitch Hiker’s Guide to the Galaxy Companion
groundbreaking series ‘Sandman’, collected a large number of US
awards in its 75 issue run, including nine Will Eisner Comic Industry
Awards and three Harvey Awards. In 1991, ‘Sandman’ became the
first comic ever to receive a literary award, the 1991 World Fantasy
Award for Best Short Story.
Gaiman is credited with being one of the creators of modern comics,
as well as an author whose work crosses genres and reaches audiences
of all ages. He is listed in the Dictionary of Literary Biography as
one of the top ten living post-modern writers and is a prolific
creator of works of prose, poetry, film, journalism, comics, song
lyrics, and drama.
for science fiction and fantasy form a substantial part of Gaiman’s
fan base, and he has continuously used social media to communicate
with readers. In 2001, Gaiman became one of the first writers to
establish a blog, which now has over a million regular readers. In
2008, Gaiman joined Twitter as @neilhimself and now has over 1.5
million followers and counting on the micro-blogging site. He won the
Twitter category in the inaugural Author Blog Awards, and his adult
novel ‘American Gods’ was the first selection for the One Book,
One Twitter (1b1t) book club.
first collection of short fiction,
and Mirrors: Short Fictions and Illusions
was nominated for the UK’s MacMillan Silver Pen Awards as the best
short story collection of the year. Most recently, Gaiman was both a
contributor to and co-editor with Al Sarrantonio of
(2010), and his own story in the volume, The
Truth Is A Cave In The Black Mountains
has been nominated for a number of awards.
Neil Gaiman Bibliography (Partial List)
·A Walking Tour of the Shambles
·Absolute Death, The
·Adventures in the Dream Trade
·Alchemy of MirrorMask
·Angels and Visitations
·Dangerous Alphabet, The
·Day I Swapped My Dad for Two Goldfish, The
·Day of the Dead
·Good Omens: The Nice and Accurate Prophecies of Agnes Nutter, Witch (with Terry Pratchett)
·Graveyard Book, The
·M is for Magic
·Mirror Mask, Children’s Edition
·Now We Are Sick
·Odd and the Frost Giants
·Sandman: Book of Dreams
·Smoke and Mirrors
·Stories: All New Tales
·Wolves in the Walls
·The Ocean at the End of the Lane
· Silver Dream
· Trigger Warning
· Truth is a Cave in the Black Mountains (April 2015)
· Eternity's Wheel (with Mallory Reaves and Michael Reaves) (May 2015)
Select Honors and Awards
1990–1994 Squiddy Award for Best Writer; later named Best Writer of the 1990s in the Squiddy Awards for the decade
- 1991 World Fantasy Award for short fiction for the Sandman issue, "A Midsummer Night's Dream", by Gaiman and Charles Vess
- 1991 Locus Award for Best Fantasy Novel runner-up for Good Omens by Gaiman and Terry Pratchett
- 1991 Eisner Awards Best Continuing Series: Sandman, by Neil Gaiman and various artists
- 1991 Eisner AwardsBest Graphic Album–Reprint: Sandman: The Doll's House by Neil Gaiman and various artists
- 1991 Eisner AwardsBest Writer: Neil Gaiman, Sandman
- 1992 Eisner AwardsBest Single Issue or Story: Sandman #22-#28: "Season of Mists," by Neil Gaiman and various artists
- 1992 Eisner AwardsBest Continuing Series: Sandman, by Neil Gaiman and various artists
- 1992 Eisner AwardsBest Writer: Neil Gaiman, Sandman, Books of Magic, Miracleman
- 1993 Eisner AwardsBest Continuing Series: Sandman by Neil Gaiman and various artists
- 1993 Eisner AwardsBest Graphic Album–New: Signal to Noise by Neil Gaiman and Dave McKean
- 1993 Best Writer: Neil Gaiman, Miracleman; Sandman
- 1994 Best Writer: Neil Gaiman, Sandman; Death: The High Cost of Living
- 2000 Best Comics-Related Book: The Sandman: The Dream Hunters, by Neil Gaiman and Yoshitaka Amano
- 2004 Best Short Story: "Death," by Neil Gaiman and P. Craig Russell, in The Sandman: Endless Nights
- 2004 Best Anthology: The Sandman: Endless Nights, by Neil Gaiman and others, edited by Karen Berger and Shelly Bond
- 2007 Best Archival Collection/Project–Comic Books: Absolute Sandman, vol. 1, by Neil Gaiman and various
- 2009 Best Publication for Teens/Tweens: Coraline, by Neil Gaiman, adapted by P. Craig Russell
- 1991–1993 Comics Buyer's Guide Award for Favorite Writer
- 1997–2000 Comics Buyer's Guide Award for Favorite Writer nominations
- 1991 Favourite Comic Book Story for The Sandman
- 1994 Favourite Comic Book Story for The Sandman
- 1997 Comic Book Legal Defense Fund Defender of Liberty award
- 1999 Locus Award for Best Fantasy Novel runner-up for Stardust
- 1999 Mythopoeic Fantasy Award for Adult Literature for the illustrated version of Stardust
- 2000 Bram Stoker Award for Best Illustrated Narrative for The Sandman: The Dream Hunters
- 2001 Bram Stoker Award for Best Novel for American Gods
- 2002 Hugo Award for Best Novel for American Gods
- 2002 Nebula Award for Best Novel for American Gods
- 2002 Locus Award for Best Fantasy Novel for American Gods
- 2003 Hugo Award for Best Novella for Coraline
- 2003 Nebula Award for Best Novella for Coraline
- 2003 Locus Award for Best Young Adult Book for Coraline
- 2003 Bram Stoker Award for Best Work for Young Readers for Coraline
- 2003 British Science Fiction Association Award, short fiction, for Coraline
- 2004 Hugo Award for the story A Study in Emerald (in a ceremony the author presided over himself, having volunteered for the job before his story was nominated)
- 2004 Locus Award, novelette, for "A Study in Emerald"
- 2004 Bram Stoker Award for Best Illustrated Narrative for The Sandman: Endless Nights
- 2004 Angoulęme International Comics Festival Prize for Scenario for The Sandman: Season of Mists
- 2005 The William Shatner Golden Groundhog Award for Best Underground Movie, nomination for MirrorMask. The other nominated films were Green Street Hooligans, Nine Lives, Up for Grabs and Opie Gets Laid.
- 2005 Quill Book Award for Graphic Novels for Marvel
- 2005 Locus Award, short story, for "Forbidden Brides of the Faceless Slaves in the Nameless House of the Night of Dread Desire"
- 2006 Mythopoeic Fantasy Award for Adult Literature for Anansi Boys
- 2006 British Fantasy Award for Best Novel for Anansi Boys
- 2006 Locus Award, fantasy novel, for Anansi Boys. The book was also nominated for a Hugo Award, but Gaiman asked for it to be withdrawn from the list, stating that he wanted to give other writers a chance and that it was really more fantasy than science fiction.
- 2006 Locus Award, short story, for "Sunbird"
- 2007 Locus Award, short story, for "How to Talk to Girls at Parties"
- 2007 Locus Award, collection, for Fragile Things
- 2007 British Fantasy Award, collection, for Fragile Things
- 2007 Bob Clampett Humanitarian Award
- 2007 Comic-Con Icon award presented at the Scream Awards.
- 2009 Newbery Medal for The Graveyard Book
- 2009 Audies: Children's 8–12 and Audiobook of the year for the audio version of The Graveyard Book.
- 2009 British Fantasy Award for Best Novel shortlist for The Graveyard Book
- 2009 Hugo Award for Best Novel for The Graveyard Book presented at the 2009 Worldcon in Montreal where he was also the Professional Guest of Honor.
- 2009 Locus Award, young-adult novel, for The Graveyard Book
- 2009 The Booktrust Teenage Prize for The Graveyard Book
- 2010 Gaiman was selected as the Honorary Chair of National Library Week by the American Library Association.
- 2010 Carnegie Medal for The Graveyard Book, becoming the first author to have won both the Carnegie and Newbery Medals for the same work.
- 2010 Locus Award, short story, for An Invocation of Incuriosity, published in Songs of the Dying Earth
- 2010 British Fantasy Award, comic/graphic novel, Whatever Happened to the Caped Crusader?, by Gaiman and Andy Kubert
- 2011 Locus Award, short story, for The Thing About Cassandra, published in Songs of Love and Deat
- 2011 Locus Award, novelette, for The Truth Is A Cave In The Black Mountains, published in Stories
- 2011 Shirley Jackson Award for "The Truth Is A Cave In The Black Mountains"
- 2011 Shirley Jackson Award for Stories: All New Tales, edited by Neil Gaiman and Al Sarrantonio (William Morrow)
- 2011 Ray Bradbury Award for Outstanding Dramatic Presentation (with Richard Clark) for The Doctor's Wife
- 2012 Honorary Doctorate of Arts from the University of the Arts
- 2012 Hugo Award for Best Dramatic Presentation (Short Form) for "The Doctor's Wife"
- 2013 National Book Awards (British), Book of the Year winner for The Ocean at the End of the Lane
- 2014 Locus Award for Best Fantasy Novel for The Ocean at the End of the Lane