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Creator: Neil Gaiman
Neil "Scary Trousers" Gaiman, master of modern horrornote 

"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."

Neil Richard MacKinnon Gaiman is a contemporary British writer of stories. Of all known kinds.

He's especially famous for his Urban Fantasy works, including the renowned The Sandman comic series, which was the first (and only) work in its medium to win a World Fantasy Award for Best Short Story note . Two of his novels, Stardust and Coraline, have been made into movies. He's also written scripts for other projects, such as MirrorMask by Dave Mc Kean and the Neverwhere TV series. In addition, he worked on the translated script of Princess Mononoke. More recently, his young adult work The Graveyard Book became the first book to win both the Newbery Medal and the Carnegie Medal. 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 Doctor Who, The Doctor's Wife for Series 6 and Nightmare in Silver 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 One of Us, 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 highly respectable marsh-wiggle with a very Nice Hat. Or, if you prefer, a Time Lord with a fondness for improbably long scarfs. Adorkable? Quite.

Gaiman has some affection for Canon Defilement- and is living proof that this particularly negative trope isn't bad. He described Snow, Glass, Apples, a Perspective Flip of "Snow White", as a mindvirus that he hoped would prevent the reader from ever experiencing the original innocently again. His External Retcon of Beowulf pulls a similar trick. The Problem of Susan is something of a meta-twist on the concept, riffing off of Susan's exile from Narnia: her embrace of adolescence means that, retroactively, she experienced the original adventure as a Darker and Edgier pagan allegory. He is also fairly preoccupied with, though not necessarily an apologist for, Muse Abuse.

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

He's married to Amanda Palmer of The Dresden Dolls. He has a Twitter account and a Tumblr blog, as well as a more traditional blog, one of the first blogs on the internet (it was originally created to document his promotion tour for American Gods back in 2001, and it took off from there). He's also been known to dispense writing advice to fans (often via Tumblr), which usually boils down to, "Write something, and keep on writing."

Sang a song about Jeanne d'Arc with Ben Folds on piano. It is magnificent. Also sang the theme song from Fireball XL5 (in honor of Gerry Anderson's passing days earlier) onstage with Palmer during New Year's Eve 2012. It was...quirky.

He once delivered an awe-inspiring (and quite hilarious) commencement speech to the 2012 graduates of the University of the Arts in Philadelphia.

Here's a screen-breaking photo with him, Neal Stephenson and Neil Armstrong. 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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     Comic Books 


     Short stories & anthologies 

     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
  • Fortunately, the Milk


    Live Action TV 

Tropes of which Neil Gaiman is an example:

Tropes common in his work:

The Wolfman (2010)Lawrence TalbotA Night in the Lonesome October
Garth EnnisBritish ComicsCarl Giles
Vorkosigan SagaHumble BundleSpin
Esther FriesnerSpeculative Fiction Creator IndexRaymond Z Gallun
Amy TanGothic HorrorJ. K. Rowling
Garth EnnisComicBook/ 2000 ADMark Millar
Stephen FryAuthorsAlan Garner
Christos GageComic Book CreatorsGamma

alternative title(s): Neil Gaiman
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