“I make things up and write them down” is the way Neil Gaiman describes his varied art.
Today, as one of the most celebrated writers of our time, his popular and critically acclaimed
works bend genres while reaching audiences of all ages.
Gaiman’s groundbreaking Sandman comics, which received nine Eisner Awards, was described
by Stephen King as having turned graphic novels into “art.” The Los Angeles Times called it the
greatest epic in the history of the form, an issue of Sandman was the first comic book to
receive the World Fantasy Award for Best Short Story.
Gaiman is the bestselling author of Neverwhere, Anansi Boys, Good Omens (with Terry Pratchett), Smoke and Mirrors, Fragile Things, Trigger Warning: Short Fictions and Disturbances, The
Ocean at the End of the Lane, The Sleeper & the Spindle, Hansel and Gretel, Norse Mythology,
and The View from the Cheap Seats (non-fiction essays). He is also the author of American
Gods, winner of the Hugo, Nebula, Bram Stoker, and Locus awards and proclaimed one of
the 125 most important books of the last 125 years by the New York Public Library. In 2020
he published The Annotated American Gods. His newest book is The Neil Gaiman Reader:
Selected Fiction (HarperCollins, October 6, 2020). Later in 2020 he will publish Pirate Stew,
International Bestselling Author
Photo: Beowulf Sheehan
“His prose is simple but poetic,
his world strange but utterly
believable—if he was South
American we would call this
magic realism rather than
— The Times of London
illustrated by Chris Riddell (Quill Tree Books, December 1, 2020).
His works for younger readers include The Day I Swapped My Dad for Two Goldfish, The Wolves
in the Walls (made into an opera by the Scottish National Theatre and a puppet show by
the Little Angel theatre), Odd and the Frost Giants, The Dangerous Alphabet, Cinnamon, and
Fortunately the Milk. His young adult story, Coraline, won the Hugo, Nebula, Bram Stoker, and
Locus awards and was adapted as a musical by Stephin Merritt in 2009 and into an opera
by composer Mark-Anthony Turnage and librettist Rory Mullarkey in 2018. His children’s
novel, The Graveyard Book, is the only work to win both the Newbery (US) and Carnegie
Much of Gaiman’s work has been adapted for visual media including Stardust, Coraline
(BAFTA winner for Best Animated Film), Neil Gaiman’s Likely Stories, and How to Talk to
Girls at Parties (directed by John Cameron Mitchell). The hit series American Gods is in its
third season on the Starz network. Good Omens, an Amazon Prime series, won the 2019
Ray Bradbury Nebula Award for Outstanding Dramatic Presentation for the episode “Hard
Times,” and the Hugo for Best Dramatic Presentation, Long Form. The Sandman is currently
in development as a live-action TV series for Netflix, and in addition, Gaiman is producing
a series based on Mervyn Peake’s Gormenghast books. “The Truth is a Cave in the Black
Mountains” is a novelette he turned into a performance piece which was performed widely,
including at Carnegie Hall. His novel, The Ocean at the End of the Lane was adapted as a play
by The National Theatre in England. Gaiman’s commencement address “Make Good Art,”
received 1.5 million views, and was released as a book illustrated and designed by Chip Kidd.
He is also the author of Art Matters, illustrated by Chris Riddell.
A self-described “feral child who was raised in libraries,” Gaiman credits librarians with
fostering a life-long love of reading. He is a passionate advocate for books and libraries, and a
supporter and former board member of the Comic Book Legal Defense Fund. His blog has
more than a million regular readers, and over two million people follow him on Twitter. Born
in England, Gaiman lives in the United States and teaches at Bard College. He is married to
artist/musician Amanda Palmer, with whom he sometimes performs.
Neil Gaiman has been honored with 4 Hugos, 2 Nebulas, 1 World Fantasy Award, 4 Bram
Stoker Awards, 6 Locus Awards, 2 British SF Awards, 1 British Fantasy Award, 3 Geffens,
1 International Horror Guild Award, 2 Mythopoeic Awards, and 15 Eisner Awards. Other
honors include the Shirley Jackson Award, Chicago Tribune Young Adult Literary Prize (for
his body of work), Comic Book Legal Defense Fund Defender of Liberty award, and an
Honorary Doctorate from the University of the Arts. In 2017 UNHCR, the UN Refugee
Agency, appointed Neil Gaiman as a global Goodwill Ambassador.
More at www.NeilGaiman.com