VJ Books Features Neil Gaiman!
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.
Gaiman 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, Don’t Panic: The Official Hitch Hiker’s Guide to the Galaxy Companion.
The 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.
Neil 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.
Audiences 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.
His first collection of short fiction, Smoke 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 Stories (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 Selected Bibliography
Good Omens - 1990 (with Terry Pratchett)
- Neverwhere - 1996
- Stardust - 1999
- American Gods - 2001
- Coraline - 2002
- Anansi Boys - 2005
- InterWorld - 2007
- The Graveyard Book - 2008
- The Silver Dream - 2013 (with Michael Reaves, Mallory Reaves)
- The Ocean at the End of the Lane
- Eternity's Wheel - 2015
- Duran Duran: The First Four Years of the Fab Five - 1984
- Ghastly Beyond Belief (bad quotes from sc-fi novels, movies, and advertisements edited by Gaiman and Kim Newman, Arrow, 1985
- Don't Panic: The Official Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy Companion (a guide to Douglas Adams' 'trilogy' - 1988
- Make Good Art - 2013
- The View from the Cheap Seats - 2016
Short Story Collections
- Angels and Visitations: A Miscellany - 1993
- Smoke and Mirrors - 1998
- Fragile Things: Short Fictions and Wonders - 2006
- M is for Magic (a short story collection containing ten stories from the earlier collections (Angels and Visitations, Smoke and Mirrors and Fragile Things), with two previously uncollected stories - 2007
- Who Killed Amanda Palmer: A Collection of Photographic Evidence (with Kyle Cassidy and Beth Hommel) - 2009
- Trigger Warning: Short Fictions and Disturbances - 2015
- The Day I Swapped My Dad for Two Goldfish (with illustrations by Dave McKean) - 1997
- The Wolves in the Walls (with illustrations by Dave McKean) - 2003
- Melinda (with illustrations by Dagmara Matuszak) - 2005
- Odd and the Frost Giants - 2008
- The Dangerous Alphabet (with illustrations by Gris Grimly) - 2008
- Blueberry Girl (with illustrations by Charles Vess) - 2009
- Crazy Hair (with illustrations by Dave McKean) - 2009
- Instructions (with illustrations by Charles Vess) - 2010
- Chu's Day (with illustrations by Adam Rex) - 2013
- Fortunately, the Milk (with illustrations by Skottie Young) - 2013
- Fortunately, the Milk... (with illustrations by Chris Riddell) - 2013
- Chu's First Day of School (with illustrations by Adam Rex) - 2014
- Hansel and Gretel (with illustrations by Lorenzo Mattotti) - 2014
- The Sleeper and the Spindle (with illustrations by Chris Riddell) - 2014
Neil Gaiman Selected Awards
- Bram Stoker Award
- British Fantasy Award
- British SF Award
- Horror Guild
- Hugo Award
- Locus Award
- Nebula Award
- Newberry Medal
- World Fantasy Award
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