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Neil Gaiman

Neil Gaiman is the award-winning, prolific creator of works of prose, poetry, film, journalism, comics, song lyrics and drama. His acclaimed four-part novel Stardust, which appeared in DC Comics in 1997 with illustrations by Charles Vess, recently became a movie directed by Matthew Vaughn starring Claire Danes. His best-selling novel American Gods earned the Hugo, Nebula, Bram Stoker, SFX and Locus Awards, alongside many award nominations, including the World Fantasy Award and Minnesota Book Award and appeared on many best-of-the-year lists. Gaiman's novel Anansi Boys debuted on the New York Times Bestseller List in September 2005.

Gaiman wrote the screenplay adaptation of his children's novel Coraline, which Henry Sellick directed. Gaiman also wrote the feature film Mirrormask directed by Dave McKean for The Jim Henson Company. Mirrormask premiered at the Sundance Film Festival in 2005 and was released later that year, augmented by a lavishly designed book by the same name as well as a picture book for younger readers, also written by Gaiman.

Gaiman is co-author, with Terry Pratchett, of Good Omens, a comic novel about how the world is going to end, which spent 17 consecutive weeks on the London Sunday Times Bestseller List in 1990 and went on to become an international bestseller. Gaiman was creator/writer of the monthly cult DC Comics horror-weird series Sandman, which won nine Will Eisner Comic Industry Awards, including the award for best writer four times, and three Harvey Awards. Sandman #19 took the 1991 World Fantasy Award for Best Short Story, making it the first comic ever to win a literary award. Gaiman's six-part fantastical TV series for the BBC Neverwhere aired in 1996. His novel, also called Neverwhere, set in the same strange underground world as the television series, was released in 1997. It appeared on numerous bestseller lists. Gaiman has also written a screenplay based on the novel for Jim Henson Productions.

Gaiman's first book for children, The Day I Swapped My Dad for Two Goldfish, illustrated by Dave McKean, came out in May 1997 and was listed by Newsweek as one of the best children's books of the year. HarperCollins re-released it in 2003 to great acclaim. His collection of short fiction, Smoke and Mirrors: Short Fictions and Illusions, was published in 1998. It was nominated in the UK for a MacMillan Silver Pen Award as best short story collection of the year.

Gaiman's 1999 return to Sandman, the prose book The Dream Hunters, with art by Yoshitaka Amano, won The Bram Stoker Award for best illustrated work by the Horror Writers Association and was nominated for a Hugo Award. Two Plays for Voices (2002), an audio adaptation of two of Gaiman's short stories read by Brian Dennehy and Bebe Neuwirth, won a 2002 Audie Award by the Audio Publishers Association. In 2003, Gaiman issued his first Sandman graphic novel in seven years and Endless Nights, published by DC Comics, was the first graphic novel to make the New York Times Bestseller List. In 2004, Gaiman published the first volume of a serialized story, entitled 1602, for Marvel; it was the bestselling comic of the year. At the end of 2002, Gaiman wrote and directed his first movie, in association with Ska Films; a short, dark, funny work called A Short Film About John Bolton.

Gaiman's work has appeared in translation in dozens of ountries. His journalism has appeared in Wired, Time Out London, The London Sunday Times, Punch and The Observer Color Supplement. He has reviewed books for The New York Times Book Review and The Washington Post Bookworld. Tori Amos sings about Gaiman on her albums Little Earthquakes, Under the Pink, Boys for Pele and Scarlett's Walk. Gaiman has written songs for the Minneapolis band The Flash Girls, for Chris Ewen's The Hidden Variable and for the band One Ring Zero. In August 1997, the Comic Book Legal Defense Fund awarded Gaiman their Defender of Liberty Award.

Gaiman's official website is www.neilgaiman.com.

Note: This profile was written in or before 2007.

Neil Gaiman Facts

OccupationWriter, Producer
BirthdayNovember 10, 1960 (61)
BirthplacePortchester, England, United Kingdom

Selected Filmography

Nightmare in Silver
Gahan Wilson: Born Dead, Still Weird
Harlan Ellison: Dreams with Sharp Teeth
Secret Origin: The Story of DC Comics
Future Shock: The Story of 2000 AD
Falafelosophy / The Great Lint Rush
Neil Gaiman's Neverwhere
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