"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. The Neil Gaiman Reader: Selected Fiction (with a forward by Marlon James), and for children, Pirate Stew, illustrated by Chris Riddell.
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 (UK) Medals.
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 ran for three seasons 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," the Hugo for Best Dramatic Presentation–Long Form, and was renewed for a second season. The Sandman was developed as a live-action TV series for Netflix, Anansi Boys is in development for a six-episode series on Amazon, in addition Gaiman is producing a series based on Mervyn Peake’s Gormenghast books for Showtime. His novelette turned performance piece “The Truth is a Cave in the Black Mountains” has been performed widely, including at Carnegie Hall. His novel, The Ocean at the End of the Lane was adapted as a play for a sold-out run at England’s National Theatre, the acclaimed production transfers to the West End from October 2021. 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. In 2021 he starred in the Audible Original production The Neil Gaiman At The End of The Universe which benefited the mental health non-profit, This Is My Brave.
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.
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