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[-[[caption-width-right:339:Neil "Scary Trousers" Gaiman, master of modern horror[[note]]epithet and nickname bestowed by Creator/AlanMoore[[/note]]]]-]

->''"Everybody has a secret world inside of them. I mean everybody. All of the people in the whole world — no matter how dull and boring they are on the outside. Inside them they’ve all got unimaginable, magnificent, wonderful, stupid, amazing worlds… Not just one world. Hundreds of them. Thousands, maybe."''
-->--'''''ComicBook/TheSandman'''''

Neil Richard [[Music/AmandaPalmer MacKinnon]] Gaiman is a contemporary British writer of stories. Of all known kinds.

He's especially famous for his UrbanFantasy works, including the renowned ''ComicBook/TheSandman'' comic series, which was the first (and only) work in its medium to win a WorldFantasyAward for Best Short Story [[note]]To prevent it happening again, they changed the rules so that comic books had to be relegated to their own special category, and couldn't be judged alongside prose works[[/note]]. Two of his novels, ''Literature/{{Stardust}}'' and ''Literature/{{Coraline}},'' have been made into movies. He's also written scripts for other projects, such as ''Film/MirrorMask'' by Creator/DaveMcKean and the ''Series/{{Neverwhere}}'' TV series. In addition, he worked on the translated script of ''Anime/PrincessMononoke''. More recently, his young adult work ''Literature/TheGraveyardBook'' became the first book to win both the NewberyMedal and the CarnegieMedal. When they started running out of awards to give him, they began making up new awards specially for him. And most recently, he wrote two episodes for Series/DoctorWho, ''[[Recap/DoctorWhoS32E4TheDoctorsWife The Doctor's Wife]]'' for Series 6 and ''[[Recap/DoctorWhoS33E12NightmareInSilver Nightmare in Silve]]r'' for Series 7.

A masterful storyteller, he excels at building believable, yet fantastic settings for his stories. His works are marked by extensive use of mythological references and symbolism, often times in "modern" settings. Also a notable OneOfUs, and despite his work's breathtaking popularity, he has remained remarkably humble and personable, managing to remain faintly bemused every time he finds hundreds of people waiting for him to sign their books or whatnot. Also, he's a [[http://media.whosay.com/6734/6734_la.jpg highly respectable marsh-wiggle]] with a ''very'' NiceHat. Or, if you prefer, a [[Creator/TomBaker Time Lord]] with a fondness for [[http://lostmymusic.tumblr.com/post/375850584/and-here-is-a-picture-of-neil-gaiman-in-the-fourth improbably long scarfs]]. {{Adorkable}}? Quite.

Gaiman has some affection for CanonDefilement- and is living proof that this particularly negative [[TropesAreTools trope isn't bad]]. He described ''[[http://www.holycow.com/dreaming/stories/snow-glass-apples Snow, Glass, Apples]],'' a PerspectiveFlip of "Literature/SnowWhite", as a mindvirus that he hoped would prevent the reader from ever experiencing the original innocently again. His ExternalRetcon of ''Literature/{{Beowulf}}'' pulls a similar trick. ''[[http://shedletsky.com/blog/the-god-who-loves-you The Problem of Susan]]'' is something of a meta-twist on the concept, riffing off of Susan's exile from [[TheChroniclesOfNarnia Narnia]]: her embrace of adolescence means that, ''retroactively,'' she experienced the original adventure as a DarkerAndEdgier pagan allegory. He is also fairly preoccupied with, though not necessarily an apologist for, MuseAbuse.

Creator/StephenKing thinks Neil may well be the greatest storyteller alive today, and has said so publicly. Considering that's Creator/StephenKing talking, that's saying something.

He's married to Music/AmandaPalmer of The Dresden Dolls. He has a [[http://twitter.com/#!/neilhimself Twitter account]] and a [[http://neil-gaiman.tumblr.com/ Tumblr blog]], as well as a [[http://journal.neilgaiman.com/ more traditional blog]], one of the first blogs on the internet (it was originally created to document his promotion tour for Literature/AmericanGods back in 2001, and it took off from there). He's also been known to dispense writing advice to fans (often via Website/{{Tumblr}}), which usually boils down to, "[[HardWorkMontage Write something, and keep on writing.]]"

Sang a song about Jeanne d'Arc with Music/BenFolds on piano. [[http://amandapalmer.bandcamp.com/track/the-problem-with-saints It is magnificent.]] Also sang the theme song from FireballXL5 (in honor of [[GerryAnderson Gerry Anderson's]] passing days earlier) onstage with Palmer during New Year's Eve 2012. It was...[[http://youtu.be/6SV1yX-Kp5c quirky]].

He once delivered [[http://vimeo.com/42372767 an awe-inspiring (and quite hilarious) commencement speech]] to the 2012 graduates of the University of the Arts in Philadelphia.

[[http://3.bp.blogspot.com/-ZDB4_y8Nbf0/UDkqyIVJfLI/AAAAAAAAn_c/GscZ2uuovRI/s1600/Scan10001.JPG Here]]'s a [[AwesomenessIsVolatile screen-breaking]] photo with him, Creator/NealStephenson and NeilArmstrong. [[JustForPun Kneel before the Neils!]]

His novel, ''The Ocean at the End of the Lane'', was released on June 18th, 2013.

!!His works include:

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[[folder: Comic Books]]
* ''ComicBook/TheSandman'', ''Death: The High Cost of Living'', ''Death: The Time of Your Life'', ''Sandman: the Dream Hunters'' (a short story illustrated by Creator/YoshitakaAmano), ''The Sandman: Endless Nights'', and ''Sandman: Overture''.
* ''Comicbook/BlackOrchid''
* One issue of ''ComicBook/{{Hellblazer}}''
* ''Violent Cases''
* ''Mr. Punch: The Tragical Comedy or the Comical Tragedy''
* ''[[{{Marvel 1602}} 1602]]'': A story of the MarvelUniverse, [[RecycledInSpace transposed to the year 1602]].
* ''ComicBook/TheBooksOfMagic''
* ''Creatures of the Night''
* ''Harlequin Valentine'': Began as a short story.
* "Literature/MurderMysteries"
* ''Midnight Days''
* ''Signal to Noise''
* ''The Case in the Departure of Miss Finch'': Began as a short story.
* ''ComicBook/TheLastTemptation'': A collaboration with Alice Cooper.
* ''Eternals''
* ''Franchise/{{Batman}}: ComicBook/WhateverHappenedToTheCapedCrusader''
* ''[[ComicBook/{{Metamorpho}} Metamorpho The Element Man]]'' in ''ComicBook/WednesdayComics''
* Gaiman also came up with the concept that Tekno Comix eventually turned into a small line of inter-linked titles. The original pitch differed from the end result in a number of respects, to Gaiman's displeasure.
* Wrote the story "Wordsworth" for the ''Creator/CliveBarker's Franchise/{{Hellraiser}}'' comic series; it was recently republished in the short stories collection ''Hellbound Hearts''.
* Wrote the story "When is a Door?" which appears in the Batman Secret Origins Special Volume #2
* ''Goliath'', a ''[[Film/TheMatrix Matrix]]'' comic.
* ''Comicbook/{{Miracleman}}'': Though the series status is now in limbo, he has an agreement with Marvel to finish the story arc he started with ''The Golden Age''
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[[folder:Novels]]
* ''Literature/{{Neverwhere}}''
* ''Literature/{{Stardust}}''
* ''Literature/GoodOmens'', in collaboration with Creator/TerryPratchett
* ''Literature/{{Coraline}}''
* ''Literature/AmericanGods''
* ''Literature/AnansiBoys''
* ''Literature/{{Interworld}}'', in collaboration with Michael Reaves
* ''Literature/TheGraveyardBook''
* ''Literature/OddAndTheFrostGiants''
* ''Film/MirrorMask'' - the novelization
* ''Literature/TheOceanAtTheEndOfTheLane''
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[[folder: Short stories & anthologies]]
* ''Smoke & Mirrors''
* ''Angels & Visitations''
* ''Fragile Things''
* ''M is for Magic''
* ''How to Talk to Girls at Parties''
* ''AStudyInEmerald''
* ''Literature/HowTheMarquisGotHisCoatBack''
* He also co-edited a short story collection called ''Stories'' with Al Sarrantonio
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[[folder: Picture books]]
* ''The Wolves in the Walls''
* ''The Day I Swapped My Dad for Two Goldfish''
* ''Blueberry Girl''
* ''The Dangerous Alphabet''
* ''Crazy Hair''
* ''Instructions''
* ''Chu's Day''
* ''Literature/FortunatelyTheMilk''
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[[folder:Films]]
* ''Anime/PrincessMononoke'' (he wrote the [[{{Woolseyism}} Woolseyist]] script)
* ''Film/{{Stardust}}''
* ''Film/{{Beowulf}}'' (the 2007 film, written with friend/cult director {{Roger Avary}})
* ''WesternAnimation/{{Coraline}}''
* ''Film/MirrorMask''
* ''Death: The High Cost of Living''. (In "[[DevelopmentHell development]]", but [=IMDb=] puts its release in 2013.)
** Or [[http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0770740/ not]]
* ''Literature/AnansiBoys'' (upcoming, no due date, but he has at least finished and handed in a rough draft of the script)
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[[folder:Live Action TV]]
* Wrote the ''Series/DoctorWho'' epsiodes ''[[Recap/DoctorWhoS32E4TheDoctorsWife The Doctor's Wife]]'' and ''[[Recap/DoctorWhoS33E12NightmareInSilver Nightmare In Silver]]''.
* Wrote an episode for ''Series/BabylonFive'': "Day of the Dead". Especially notable as the ''only'' episode of the show not written by J. Michael Straczynski after season two. The Gaim, one of the alien races in ''Babylon 5'', is named for him. And just to hammer the homage further, they all strongly resemble [[ComicBook/TheSandman Dream Of The Endless]].
* ''Series/{{Neverwhere}}''.
* ''Literature/AmericanGods'' upcoming in 2013 from HBO as a miniseries.
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!!Tropes of which NeilGaiman is an example:
* AdamWesting: Specifically, his guest appearance on ''WesternAnimation/TheSimpsons'' in 2011.
* {{Adorkable}}: Just in case any further proof was needed, [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=KzDuEooXruA see this]].
* BadassLongcoat
* ComicallyMissingThePoint: An intentional example; when someone said to him, "I want to be a writer when I grow up. Am I insane?", Gaiman answered, "Yes. Growing up is very overrated. Just be an author."
* DeadpanSnarker
* DeepSouth: [[http://journal.neilgaiman.com/2010/02/of-course-in-alabama-tuscaloosa-but.html On his blog]] Gaiman has actually expressed displeasure at the typical view of people in the American South, and asked why it took him 22 years not only to visit Tuscaloosa, Alabama, but to visit literally ANYWHERE in the US South outside of Atlanta, GA on his book signings.
* HeroicSelfDeprecation: Even after all these years of being recognized as one of Earth's greatest living writers he still seems to think of himself as a relatively normal person and is genuinely bemused at all the attention people give him.
* LimitedWardrobe: He dresses all in black in all public appearances. Until a few years ago he wore a black leather jacket in public appearances too.
* NightmareFetishist
* NightmareFuelStationAttendant
* OlderThanTheyLook: He's pretty youthful for a guy born in 1960.
* PerkyGoth
* SesameStreetCred: He guest starred as himself in an episode of WesternAnimation/{{Arthur}}.
* SuspiciouslySpecificDenial: [[https://twitter.com/neilhimself/status/343422472324005888 Neil Gaiman]] would like you to know he did not participate in spying on you. [[BlatantLies Especially those photos]].

!!Tropes common in his work:

* AllMythsAreTrue
* AnimalMotifs: Used most prominently in ''Anansi Boys'', but ubiquitous throughout his work.
* ApocalypseCult: ''ShoggothsOldPeculiar'' has an (initially) UnfazedEveryman American tourist who visits the picturesque English town of Innsmouth and converses in a pub with the friendly Cthulhu-worshipers who live there. He ends up with a bad hangover and a "feeling of nameless dread" (TM).
* BackFromTheDead
* BlueAndOrangeMorality
* BuffySpeak
* CatsAreMagic
* ClapYourHandsIfYouBelieve
* CosmicHorrorStory
* CommediaDellArte: Especially in ''Mr. Punch'' and "Harlequin Valentine."
* ContinuityPorn
* DarkIsNotEvil
* DeconstructionCrossover
* DeliberateValuesDissonance
* DidWeJustHaveTeaWithCthulhu
* DidYouJustRomanceCthulhu
* DreamingOfThingsToCome
* FairyTale
* FracturedFairyTale
* GenreSavvy
** DangerouslyGenreSavvy
* {{Goth}}
* InWhichATropeIsDescribed: Used in the novels ''Stardust'' and ''Anansi Boys'', and also the ''Sandman'' story arcs ''Season of Mists'' and ''Brief Lives''.
* LightIsNotGood
* MetaFiction
* TropeOverdosed
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