Trivia / Neil Gaiman

  • Neil Gaiman's short story Baywolf is a re-telling of Beowulf in Baywatch decorations. In a cyberpunk setting. And the main character is a werewolf who works as private detective. And the villain is implied to be the Creature from the Black Lagoon. Also it's a Prose Poem. He got the idea when more people than is healthy thought he was doing a Baywatch episode every time he spoke about the project.
  • "A Study in Emerald" has Sherlock Holmes meet the Cthulhu Mythos. The real brain-bender is that the Great Detective in the story is Professor Moriarty, and Holmes and Watson committed the murders he's investigating. Weirdest of all, it was completely plausible in context.
    • The story is available free of charge on his website, complete with the original artwork here (PDF).
  • Gaiman's "Snow, Glass, Apples". It's a re-telling of Snow White in which the titular character is a vampire. And in the end, we learn that our narrator is narrating this from an oven apparently she's a course in Snow White's wedding feast.
  • And since we're talking about Neil Gaiman, there's "The Problem of Susan", Gaiman's response to C. S. Lewis's The Chronicles of Narnia, specifically the ending to The Last Battle, which always troubled Neil. In a dream sequence, Aslan and the White Witch join forces, turn on the children, and kill them all. And Aslan eats them. And then Aslan and the White Witch have sex. And the decapitated head of one of the children is forced to watch them do so. Yes, you did read that correctly. All in all, it's akin to Trey Parker and Matt Stone's response to Indiana Jones and the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull, except far more artistic and infinitely weirder.
  • Money, Dear Boy: He's quite happy to admit this as the only reason he wrote a biography for Duran Duran early in his career. However, because of complications with the publisher, he never saw a dime save for his advance fee, which was only a few hundred £.
    • The book actually did make it to print before the publisher went belly-up and, ironically, copies of it can now fetch a good bit of money. It's also just about the only book about them that the members of Duran Duran actually liked.
    • His other early non-fiction book, Don't Panic, a book about Douglas Adams and The Hitch Hikers Guide To The Galaxy, was a mixture of Money, Dear Boy and One of Us.
  • One of Us: As this image of Neil on the TARDIS set demonstrates.