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Bestselling author Neil Gaiman has long been one of the top writers in modern               
comics, as well as writing books for readers of all ages. He is listed in the               
Dictionary of Literary Biography as one of the top ten living post-modern                   
writers, and is a prolific creator of works of prose, poetry, film, journalism,             
comics, song lyrics, and drama.                                                             
His New York Times bestselling 2001 novel for adults, American Gods, was awarded             
the Hugo, Nebula, Bram Stoker, SFX, and Locus awards, was nominated for many                 
other awards, including the World Fantasy Award and the Minnesota Book Award,               
and appeared on many best-of-year lists.                                                     
Gaiman's eagerly awaited new novel for adults, Anansi Boys debuted on the New               
York Times Bestseller list in September, 2005. About Anansi Boys Gaiman says: "It's         
a scary, funny sort of a story, which isn't exactly a thriller, and isn't really             
horror, and doesn't quite qualify as a ghost story (although it has at least one             
ghost in it), or a romantic comedy (although there are several romances in there,           
and it's certainly a comedy, except for the scary bits).” An audio version of             
the entire text of Anansi Boys, as read by UK comedian Lenny Henry, has also                 
been published by HarperAudio as both regular CDs and as MP3-CDs.                           
The Sundance Film Festival premiere of Mirrormask, a Jim Henson Company                     
Production written by Neil Gaiman and directed by Dave McKean, took place in                 
January 2005. The film was released from Goldwyn/Sony on September 30, 2005.                 
Mirrormask, a lavishly designed book containing the complete script, black and               
white storyboards, full-color art from the film, and augmented by notes and                 
observations by the creators is published by William Morrow, an imprint of                   
HarperCollins Publishers. Mirrormask, a picture book for younger readers, also               
written by Gaiman and illustrated with art from the movie, will be published by             
HarperCollins Children's Books in October 2005, and The Alchemy of Mirrormask               
will be published by CollinsDesign that same month.                                         
With Roger Avary, Neil Gaiman has written the script for Beowulf, to be directed             
by Robert Zemeckis and set to begin filming in fall 2005 with Anthony Hopkins               
and Angelina Jolie starring.                                                                 
Gaiman is co-author, with Terry Pratchett, of Good Omens, a very funny novel                 
about how the world is going to end and we're all going to die, which spent 17               
consecutive weeks on the Sunday Times (London) bestseller list in 1990 and has               
gone on to become an international bestseller. In March 2006, Morrow will                   
publish a new hardcover edition of the book, which will include an introduction             
and other ancillary material from the authors.                                               
Gaiman was the creator/writer of 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 be               
awarded a literary award. Norman Mailer said of Sandman: "Along with all else,               
Sandman is a comic strip for intellectuals, and I say it's about time."                     
His 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, including the Los Angeles Times, the San Francisco Chronicle, and Locus.             
Film rights to Neverwhere have been bought by Jim Henson Productions; Gaiman has             
written a draft of the script for the film.                                                 
Gaiman's first book for children, The Day I Swapped My Dad For Two Goldfish,                 
illustrated by Dave McKean, came out in May 1997, was listed by Newsweek as one             
of the best children's books of the year, and was reissued to acclaim by                     
HarperCollins in 2003.                                                                       
Stardust, a prose novel in four parts, began to appear from DC Comics in October             
1997. Illustrated by Charles Vess, it is a fairy story for adults. The collected             
DC version appeared in late 1998, and in January 1999 Morrow/Avon released the               
all-prose unillustrated version of Stardust; it received starred reviews from               
Booklist, Kirkus and Publishers Weekly, appeared on a number of American                     
bestseller lists, was listed by Publishers Weekly as one of the best books of               
the year, and was awarded the prestigious Mythopoeic Award as best novel for                 
adults in August 1999.                                                                       
His most recent 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 the 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, and starring Brian Dennehy and Bebe Neuwirth, was awarded a 2002 Audie             
Award by the Audio Publishers Association.                                                   
At the end of 2002 Gaiman wrote and directed his first film, in association with             
Ska Films: a short, dark, funny work called "A Short Film about John Bolton,"               
which is available on DVD. In 2006, Gaiman will direct his first feature length             
film, based on his graphic novel "Death: The High Cost of Living” for New Line             
His children's novel Coraline, published in 2002, was also a New York Times and             
international bestseller and an enormous critical success; it won the Elizabeth             
Burr/ Worzalla, the BSFA, the Hugo, the Nebula, and the Bram Stoker awards.                 
Director Henry Selick is making the film "Coraline”, with music provided by the           
band They Might Be Giants.                                                                   
In 2003 The Wolves in the Walls, illustrated by his longtime collaborator Dave               
McKean, was published, and it was named by the New York Times as one of the best             
illustrated books of the year. It is currently being made into an opera by the               
Scottish National Theatre. 2003 also saw the appearance of the first Sandman                 
graphic novel in seven years, Endless Nights, which was published by DC Comics               
and was the first graphic novel to make the New York Times bestseller list.                 
In 2004, Gaiman published the first volume of a serialized story for Marvel                 
called 1602, which was the bestselling comic of the year, and is currently a                 
Quills Award finalist in the graphic novel category.                                         
Gaiman's work has appeared in translation in dozens of countries around the                 
world. His journalism has appeared in Wired, Time Out London, The London Sunday             
Times, Punch, The Observer Colour Supplement, and has reviewed books for the New             
York Times Book Review and the Washington Post Bookworld.                                   
Tori Amos sings about Neil on her albums "Little Earthquakes", "Under the Pink",             
"Boys for Pele", and "Scarlet's Walk”; and he's written songs for the                     
Minneapolis band The Flash Girls ("the find of the year and perhaps beyond" --               
Utne Reader), for Chris Ewen's "The Hidden Variable", and for the band One Ring             
In August 1997 the Comic Book Legal Defense Fund, a First Amendment organization,           
awarded Gaiman their Defender of Liberty Award. In 2000 he did the final series             
of "Guardian Angel" readings, which he began doing for the CBLDF in 1993, and               
replaced the retiring Frank Miller on the CBLDF Board of Directors. In September             
2005 he will be one of 17 bestselling authors who, in support of the First                   
Amendment Project, will auction off the chance to name a character in an                     
upcoming book.                                                                               
Gaiman's official website,, now has more than one million                 
unique visitors each month, and his online journal is syndicated to thousands of             
blog readers every day. Currently, more than 2,500 websites link to     
Born and raised in England, Neil Gaiman now lives near Minneapolis, Minnesota.               
He has somehow reached his forties and still tends to need a haircut.