One Book, One Chicago Spring 2011
More by Neil Gaiman
The work of Neil Gaiman extends across boundaries and genres and often defies categorization. The below list contains just a portion of his contributions to fiction, comics and more. A comprehensive bibliography is maintained online at neilgaimanbibliography.com.
Good Omens: The Nice and Accurate Prophecies of Agnes Nutter, Witch (1990), with Terry Pratchett
An angel and a demon, having grown comfortable with their positions on Earth and rather fond of humans, conspire to thwart the coming Apocalypse, as foretold in the hilariously detailed and accurate prophecies of a 17th century witch.
Stardust (1999), illustrated by Charles Vess
In this novella-length illustrated fairy tale for adults, medieval villager Tristan Thorne promises to retrieve a fallen star in exchange for his sweetheart’s hand; but the star, having fallen in the magical land of Faerie, takes on human form and a will of her own.
The Sandman: The Dreamhunters (1999), illustrated by Yoshitaka Amano
In another novella-length illustrated fairy tale, a kitsune (fox spirit) has fallen in love with a Buddhist monk in feudal Japan. When a local merchant’s selfish use of magic puts the priest into a permanent, deadly slumber, the fox enters The Dream Kingdom to consult with the King of All Dreaming in an attempt to save her beloved.
American Gods (2002)
An ex-convict named Shadow is recruited to serve the interests of an uneasy alliance of old gods, who were brought to America in the religions and folklore of immigrants and slaves, as they prepare for war against the new gods of America—cruel manifestations of modern technology and commerce.
Anansi Boys (2005)
When hard-working Londoner “Fat Charlie” Nancy attends the funeral of his estranged father in Florida, he discovers that his father was actually Anansi, the trickster god of West African and Caribbean folklore, and that his half-brother Spider has inherited some of their dad’s supernatural talents for causing mischief.
Story, Poem and Essay Collections
Duran Duran: The First Four Years of the Fab Five (1984)
Gaiman’s first published book, a biography of the chart-topping new wave band written at the height of their popularity, sold out quickly and remains out of print and difficult to find.
Don’t Panic: Douglas Adams & The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy (2003)
Revised and expanded from his Official Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy Companion (1988), Gaiman wrote this fan’s appreciation of the beloved English sci-fi radio comedy and its subsequent novelizations and movie adaptation, which quickly established itself as the definitive companion.
For information on the various artists who worked on these books, please refer to the catalog.
The Sandman (1989-1996)
When a powerful immortal entity—Dream, the Lord of Dreams—escapes from a temporary magical imprisonment, he must use his powers to restore order to his kingdom, exact a just revenge on his captors and calm the turmoil among his siblings—six other immortal entities known together as The Endless. The 75 comic books published from 1989 to 1996 are collected in 10 graphic novels.
- Preludes and Nocturnes
- The Doll’s House
- Dream Country
- Season of Mists
- A Game of You
- Fables and Reflections
- Brief Lives
- World’s End
- The Kindly Ones
- The Wake
The Books of Magic, vol. 1 (1990-1991)
A secret cabal of mystics determines that 12-year-old Timothy Hunter has the potential to become the greatest wielder of magic in the world. They introduce Tim to the past, present and possible future of magic, attempting to align the young man with the forces of good. The original four-issue miniseries was collected in one graphic novel and features cameo appearances by dozens of superheroes of the DC Comics universe. The series and collections continue as volume two under different authors.
Death: The High Cost of Living (1993)
Once every century, Death (the older sister of Dream and part of The Endless) takes human form and walks the Earth to better understand living mortals. Here she takes the form of Didi, an eccentric teenaged goth rocker, and mingles with mortals in the London rock scene. The three-issue miniseries is collected in one graphic novel.
The Tragical Comedy or Comical Tragedy of Mr. Punch (1995)
The story of a childhood troubled by family madness and violence is recounted in parallel to a traditional story about the anarchic puppet Mr. Punch and his brush with the law.
Death: The Time of Your Life (1996)
The pressures of work and fame are taking their toll on the relationship of rock star Foxglove and her partner Hazel, but when Death comes to claim their son, Hazel is desperate to work out a trade. The three-issue miniseries is collected in one graphic novel.
The Last Temptation (2000)
A mysterious supernatural showman encourages young Steven to join his traveling show, where he will never grow up. Originally published as a three-issue limited series by Marvel Comics, based on a story by Gaiman and rocker Alice Cooper, the story has also adapted into an album of the same name by Cooper.
The Sandman: Endless Nights (2003)
These seven stories each feature one of the seven siblings known as The Endless—powerful immortal manifestations of the concepts of Death, Desire, Dream, Despair, Delirium, Destruction and Destiny.
Marvel 1602 (2003)
After foiling two assassination attempts in the royal court of Queen Elizabeth I, her chief of intelligence Sir Nicholas Fury and her court magician Dr. Stephen Strange team up with other medieval incarnations of the Marvel Comics roster of superheroes to thwart a plot by the Latverian king and solve the riddle of their own existence.
Batman: Whatever Happened to the Caped Crusader? (2009)
In a bar in Crime Alley, Batman’s allies and enemies gather to tell stories and to eulogize the fallen hero at his apparent wake. Originally published as two issues of Batman and Detective Comics, these are collected with three other Gaiman Batman stories in this graphic novel.
Television, Film and Video Projects
Neverwhere (TV series) (1996)
After helping an injured person on the streets of London, Richard Mayhew is plunged into the fantastical world of “London Below” in this television series upon which the novel is based. Gaiman served as series creator and co-wrote all six episodes with Lenny Henry.
Babylon 5 (TV series), Episode 5.8, “Day of the Dead” (1998)
The Brakiri race of galactic beings reserve space onboard the Babylon 5 neutral space station to celebrate a religious holiday in which the dead return to speak with the living for one night.
A Short Film About John Bolton (short film) (2003)
A documentary filmmaker covering the artist John Bolton’s latest gallery exhibit—disturbing portraits of beautiful, vicious, vampiric women—gets more than he bargained for when he insists on documenting the artist’s creative process. This film was written and directed by Gaiman.
MirrorMask (feature film) (2005)
After an argument with her parents and her mother’s sudden illness, young Helena Campbell becomes trapped in an elaborate fantasy world based on her own works of art. With the help of the magical MirrorMask, she must escape before her evil doppelganger replaces her in the real world for good. Gaiman developed the story with David McKean and wrote the screenplay.
Beowulf (animated film) (2007)
In sixth century Denmark, Grendel—a horrible, powerful monster—attacks the mead hall of King Hrothgar, who offers half of the gold in his kingdom to the hero who can defeat Grendel. The warrior Beowulf arrives to take the challenge in this adaptation of the eighth century Old English epic poem. Gaiman and Roger Avery wrote the screenplay.
Doctor Who (TV series), forthcoming episode (2011)
Gaiman wrote the script for an episode of the long-running British science fiction series scheduled to be broadcast in 2011 on the BBC. (Further details are unavailable at the time of this publication.)
MiscellaneousA Walking Tour of the Shambles (2002), with Gene Wolfe
Gaiman joins up with Gene Wolfe (The Book of the New Sun) for an illustrated tour of “The Shambles,” a fantastic and horrifying Chicago neighborhood, the only one to completely survive the fire of 1871. After all, “Ya can’t burn hell.” With illustrations by Gahan Wilson, Randy Broecker and Earl Geier.
For Kids and Teens
The Day I Swapped My Dad for Two Goldfish (1998), illustrated by Dave McKean
What will Mom say when she gets home and learns what you traded for your new pets?
Coraline (2002), illustrated by Dave McKean
Follow young Coraline as she discovers a pleasant parallel universe through a hidden door in the wall, but despite Mom’s great cooking on the other side, things are not what they seem.
The Wolves in the Walls (2003), illustrated by Dave McKean
Lucy tried to warn her family that there were wolves living in the walls of their house, but they didn’t believe her.
MirrorMask (2005), illustrated by Dave McKean
(Ages 11 and up)
After an argument with her parents and her mother’s sudden illness, young Helena Campbell becomes trapped in an elaborate fantasy world based on her own works of art. With the help of the magical MirrorMask, she must escape before her evil doppelganger replaces her in the real world for good.
Interworld (2007), co-written with Michael Reaves
Young Joey Harker suddenly discovers that he has the ability to travel between dimensions. Joining an army of his “other selves,” he must fight those who want to take his power.
Blueberry Girl (2008), illustrated by Charles Vess
Gaiman wrote this wonderful story about the glories of growing up for a friend who was about to have a baby daughter.
The Dangerous Alphabet (2008), illustrated by Gris Grimly
Two children, lured by the promise of treasure, sneak away to explore the secret world below their city where pirates and monsters rule.
The Graveyard Book (2008), illustrated by Dave McKean
Nobody Owens was raised by ghosts in a graveyard, but as he grows older he is dangerously curious about the world outside. This remarkable work was inspired by Rudyard Kipling’s The Jungle Book and was the 2009 winner of the prestigious Newbery Medal.
Crazy Hair (2009), illustrated by Dave McKean
Bonnie learns of the many strange and exotic things that exist on top of her friend’s unkempt head in this whimsical story.
Odd and the Frost Giants (2009), illustrated by Brett Helquist
Inspired by Norse mythology, this delightful novel tells the story of a 12-year-old boy named Odd who, with the help of some interesting animals, must save the city of the gods from the Frost Giants in order to end the long winter.
Instructions: Everything You’ll Need to Know on Your Journey (2010), illustrated by Charles Vess
A traveler must be guided home through fairy tale landscapes. These instructions are just what are needed.