"Everybody has a secret world inside of them. I mean everybody. All of the people in the whole world, I mean everybody — 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."

Happy birthday Neil Gaiman!

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Neil Gaiman (born November 10, 1960) is a British comic book writer, screenwriter, and novelist. He is most famous for his comics for DC Comics, including The Sandman, and his novels Stardust (1999), American Gods (2001), Anansi Boys (2005), and The Graveyard Book (2008).

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Gaiman was born in Hampshire, UK to David Bernard Gaiman and Sheila Gaiman. He began reading at the age of four and grew up loving libraries. Some of his childhood favorites included The Lord of the Rings, The Chronicles of Narnia, and Alice's Adventures in Wonderland. He always knew he wanted to be a writer.

Gaiman spent the early 1980s preparing for a journalism career. He conducted interviews and wrote book reviews. He also contributed regularly to the British Fantasy Society. His first short story publication was "Featherquest," for Imagine Magazine in 1984.

Not long after, he wrote his first book, a biography of band Duran Duran. After a few more years in journalism, writing for various British magazines, he left the business because he felt British publications too often published untrue information.

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Gaiman spent the 1980s becoming increasingly interested in comic books. He published his first comics, Future Shocks, for 2000 AD during 1986 and 1987. He was then hired by DC Comics in 1987. One of the most famous comic series he wrote for DC Comics is The Sandman. He went on to write the graphic novels Violent Cases (1987), Signal to Noise (1992), and The Tragical Comedy or Comical Tragedy of Mr. Punch (1994) with Dave McKean.

neil-gaiman_lIn 1988, his book, Don't Panic: The Official Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy Companion, was published. He followed with Good Omens in 1990 and Stardust in 1999. One of his best selling novels, American Gods, didn't come until 2001. Another, Anansi Boys (2005), revisits the same characters; the novel debuted at number one on The New York Times Best Seller list. In 2008, he wrote The Graveyard Book, which ultimately earned him the Carnegie and Newbury Medals. (Image source)

Gaiman has also written for television and film, including the 1996 BBC dark fantasy television series Neverwhere and the film MirrorMask (2005).

He has also kept up unusually regular interactions with his fans, first through his blog and later through his Twitter account. He interacts with his readers by describing the daily process of writing and revising his novels.

Gaiman has won the Hugo, Nebula, and Bram Stoker awards, as well as the Newbery and Carnegie medals.

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Previously: 

"Make Good Art": Thoughtful Advice from Neil Gaiman

Today's Birthday in Literature: Neil Gaiman

Additional Info

  • Birthday Date: Monday, 10 November 2014
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