Author Spotlight: Neil Gaiman
If you’re unfamiliar with Neil Gaiman, chances are you’ve still encountered his work in one form or another. Gaiman is a prolific, multiple award-winning English author who works across multiple media, including nonfiction, TV episodes, comic books, and short stories. While he seamlessly blends genres, he is most famous for his fantasy works. If he didn’t initially write a story in a specific format, chances are it has been adapted, whether into a movie, graphic novel, or TV show. Critically and commercially lauded, Gaiman entertains audiences of all ages with his wit, world-building, and unique writing style.
Gaiman’s most recent works are the miniseries Good Omens (2019), retellings of Norse Mythology (2017), and nonfiction title Art Matters: Because Your Imagination Can Change the World (2018). The library has many of Gaiman’s titles available now for checkout in library or via curbside pickup. Be sure to search “Neil Gaiman” on Overdrive and Hoopla as well!
Read/watch his works if you like authors Terry Pratchett, Diana Wynne Jones, Joanne M. Harris, Douglas Adams, or Joan Aiken.
Since he has written so much, where should you start with his work? The following titles will give you a good idea of how he writes and are all available through the library—just click the links!
Picture Books for Young Readers:
- Chu’s Day (illustrated by Adam Rex, 2013), a tale about a young panda with a sneezing problem—multiple titles about the character have been published
Novels for Tweens/Teens:
- Coraline (2002), made into a beautiful stop-motion film (2009) and a YA graphic novel (2008) by P. Craig Russell, a long-time collaborator of Gaiman’s a native of Wellsville here in Northeast Ohio
- Fortunately, The Milk (illustrated by Skottie Young, 2013), a time-traveling adventure
- The Graveyard Book (2008, Newbery winner) about Bod, a boy being raised by a vampire and ghosts, which was also adapted into a two-volume YA graphic novel, also by P. Craig Russell (2014)
Novels for Adults:
- American Gods (2001), a modern take on mythology, which was adapted into a TV series (2017-present) as well as a graphic novel (P. Craig Russell, 2018)
- Good Omens (with Sir Terry Pratchett, 1990), a humorous book about the impending End Times, starring an angel, Aziraphale, and a demon, Crowley, on which the miniseries mentioned above is based
- Stardust (with illustrations by Charles Vess, 1997), a fantasy novel about a young man chasing a fallen star, which also has a fully illustrated e-book version and a movie (2007, starring Claire Danes, Michelle Pfeiffer, Robert De Niro) adaptation
- The View from the Cheap Seats (2016), a collection of thoughtful essays to give you a glimpse into the mind of the author
Comics & Graphic Novels:
- Batman: Whatever Happened to the Caped Crusader (2009), an award-winning graphic novel that focuses on DC’s famed character, taking place during his wake
- The Sandman (1989-1996), an original, mature title about Dream, which draws together different myths, legends, and literary characters, and also resulted in the comics series that the TV show Lucifer is based on