Novelist Neil Gaiman has sent a British businessman tumbling into a fantastic underworld and had a devil and angel comically conspiring to thwart the Apocalypse. He found his biggest success, though, in Death, Dreams and Destruction -- and the four other similarly named siblings who controlled the reins of the human race's emotional impulses in his graphic-novel series The Sandman, a wholesale rejuvenation of graphic fiction that had everyone from Tori Amos to Norman Mailer spinning with, yes, Delirium.
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Date of Birth:
November 10, 1960
Place of Birth:
Attended Ardingly College Junior School, 1970-74, and Whitgift School, 1974-77
Eagle Award for Violent Cases, 1988; Eagle Award for best writer of U.S. comics, 1990; World Fantasy Award for "A Midsummer Night's Dream," 1991; Bram Stoker Award for American Gods, Horror Writers Association, 2001
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|Gaiman in Stereo|
|Two Plays for Voices|
Gaiman adapted two of his short stories as plays that appeared on SciFi.com's Seeing Ear Theatre: "Snow Glass Apples" and "Murder Mysteries." In the former, Bebe Neuwirth stars as a queen forced to match wits with an inhuman child. In the latter, Brian Dennehy features in a noir about the first murder in heaven's City of Angels. The stories originally appeared in Smoke and Mirrors.
Smoke and Mirrors: Short Fictions and Illusions
|A Guide to the Hitchhiker's Guide|
|In an interview with the web site Scifi.com, Gaiman recalls his favorite memory of sci-fi guru Douglas Adams: "My favorite memory of Douglas was when I was doing a Hitchhiker's Guide companion, Don't Panic. When I was in his office, going through his filing cabinets and looking at BBC scripts and so on and so forth -- all the Hitchhiker material. His mother had come to stay. She'd gone off and had a bath. And all of a sudden there was a banging on the door. And she was shouting, 'Douglas, Douglas, I can't find a towel.' Douglas was walking around the house, looking for a towel. I said to him, 'There's a Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy moment for you.' And he said, 'Don't you dare put that into the book.' I loved the idea, that Douglas Adams was walking around unable to find his towel."|
|The First Solo Novel||Stories for Children|
Gaiman's first novel, a comic apocalypse story (that's right) with Terry Pratchett called Good Omens, is still among his most popular; he later struck out on his own for Neverwhere, which was originally a six-part series for the BBC. It's an engrossing story that begins when a London businessman finds that he has been erased from the earth.
Neil Gaiman, Dave McKean (Illustrator)
Gaiman introduces a solemn, admirable heroine in Coraline, the creepy story of a girl who finds herself being courted by her Other Mother in a bizarro land on the other side of a dead-end door in her parents' house. Gaiman collaborated with illustrator Dave McKean on an earlier book for children in 1996.