Neil Richard MacKinnon Gaiman was born on the 10th of November year 1960. He is an English author of novels, short films, audio theater, graphic novels, comic book, and films. He is popularly known for his notable works, such as the comic book series The Sandman and his novels American Gods, Stardust, The Graveyard book, and Coraline, which is now an animated motion picture. He has also won a number of accolades, specifically the Nebula, Hugo, and Bram Stoker awards, and also the Newbie and Carnegie medals, making him the very first author to win it both with his work, The Graveyard Book.

Early Life

In his early days, Neil was raised and born in Hampshire, specifically Portchester. His lovely father, David Bernard Gaiman, worked in a grocery chain stores that his grandfather established. While her mother, Sheila Gaiman, was employed as a pharmacist. David also has two sisters, Lizzy and Claire.

Gaiman

Gaiman can already read books at the early age of four years old, and he said “I was born a reader. I really loved reading. Reading always gave me happiness. I was excelling in my classes, not because I had a particular expertise or interest at them, but because basically on the very first school day, they give you schoolbooks, and I’d eventually read them—which meant that I know what to expect because I read it.”

Some books that Gaiman had a particular impression as a kid were J. R. R. Tolkien’s The Lord of The Rings Trilogy, which he consistently read. Also, C. S. Lewis’s The Chronicles of Narnia series (which is now also a major motion picture) And recalled that “I really loved the way or his usage of parenthetical statements. It is as if he’s like talking to you. I’d think. “Oh, that is so cool! I would love to do that myself! And I said when I become an author someday, I want to do things exactly the way he does.’ I really liked the perspective of things being expressed using parentheses.” He also gained interest in Lewis Carroll’s Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland, which he considered as a favourite.

Gaiman studied at various Church of England schools. Some of these schools are Ardingly College from 1970 to 1974, Fonthill School, and Whitgift School (1974-1997). Gaiman was prohibited from attending a boys’ school because his father is a public relations official of the Church of Scientology. Therefore, he was forced to stay at the school he had been previously attending. He settled in East Grindstead from 1965 to 1980, and again from 1984 to 1987. Gaiman met his first love, Mary McGrath, while she was studying Scientology. They tied the knot in the year 1985 after giving birth to their first child.

Career

Growing up, Gaiman was influenced by many authors, then later become a big fan of science fiction. He read the books of Samuel R. Delany, H.P. Lovecraft, Roger Zelazny, Thorne Smith, Robert A. Heinlein, Alan Moore, and Gene Wolfe.

Gaiman went to pursue Journalism in the early 1980’s. He would conduct interviews and write reviews of books, as a means to learn and to make or gain some connection that in later time, would assist and help him in getting published. Extensively, he reviewed and wrote for the British Fantasy Society. His first-ever professional short story work and publication was Featherquest, a fantasy story that was published in Imagine Magazine in the year 1984. Gaiman was 24 years old at that time.

Also, in 1984, Gaiman worked on his very first book. It was a biography of the Ghastly Beyond Belief, which is a quotations book and the late band Duran Duran, with fellow author Kim Newman. Gaiman thought that he really did a terrible-job, but the book’s first edition was sold out. When he went to claim his right for the book, he found out that his publisher had gone bankrupt. After this, Penthouse (a men’s magazine) offered Gaiman a job, but he refused.

Gaiman also wrote articles and interview for various British magazines, even Knave magazine. During this time, he used pseudonyms like Richard Grey, Gerry Musgrave, and other more “house names”. Gaiman finally ended his Journalism career in the year 1987 because of the mere fact that British newspapers use untruths as facts. He wrote Don’t Panic: The Official Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy-Companion in what he considers as a Classic-English-Humour style. Following that, he worked on the opening of what became his collaboration with fellow author, Terry Pratchett. It was Good Omens, the comic novel which tells about the impending-apocalypse.

Graphic Novels and Comics

Gaiman formed a friendship bond with Alan Moore, who is a comic book writer. Prior to this, Gaiman started to write comic-books, selecting Marvelman after Moore ended his run on the series. Gaiman made more collaborations, including Mark Buckingham and close friend Dave McKean. Some of their works are The Comical Tragedy of Mr. Punch, Signal to Noise , and Violent Cases. After some time, DC Comics hired Gaiman, and wrote the limited series Black Orchid. Karen Berger, who became the head of DC Comics’s Vertigo, asked Gaiman a job to rewrite a character. One of the most notable works of Gaiman started here, The Sandman.

Film and Screenwriting

Gaiman wrote the television series Neverwhere. Also, he co-wrote the screenplay for the movie MirrorMask again with Dave McKean for McKean to direct. He is also the author of the localised English translation script to the anime movie Princess Mononoke, which is based on the Japanese translation script. Additional to this, he co-wrote the script for Robert Zemeckis’s Beowulf with Roger Avary, In which their collaboration had been proved effective and productive for both writers. Gaiman also expressed his interest in collaboration on a film-adaptation of the Epic of Gilgamesh.

Film Adaptations

Some of Gaiman’s works have been green lighted for film adaptations. The most notable was Stardust, which premiered on August 2007, starring Robert De Niro, Claire Danes and Michelle Pfeiffer. The director was Matthew Vaughn. Coraline also became a major motion picture, and was released on February 6, 2009. Henry Selick directed the movie, wit Teri Hatcher and Dakota Fanning as the lead voice-actors. Also, Gaiman announced that he would begin making the screenplay for the feature film Death: The High Cost of Living and that he would also direct it for Warner Independent. Producers are Susan Montford and Don Murphy while Guillermo del Toro is the executive producer.

Present Time

Gaiman now settles new in Menomonie, Wisconsin, United States and has been there since 1992. Gaiman decided to move there so that he can be close with his family. Gaiman has three children with then-wife Mary McGrath. As of 2013, he also resides in Cambridge, MA.

Gaiman is now married to Amanda Palmer, a songwriter and performer. The couple announced on June 2009 that they were officially dating, and announced their engagement on Twitter on January 1, 2010. They were married legally on January 2 2011. He took MacKinnon as his middle name.

Books in order of publication by series:

American Gods Books

American Gods(2000) 
Anansi Boys(2005) 

Standalone Novels

Good Omens(1990) 
Stardust(1997) 
Coraline(2002) 
Odd and the Frost Giants(2008) 
The Graveyard Book(2008) 
The Ocean at the End of the Lane(2013) 
Fortunately, the Milk(2013) 

Sandman Graphic Novels

Preludes and Nocturnes(1989) 
The Doll’s House(1990) 
Dream Country(1991) 
Season of Mists(1992) 
A Game of You(1993) 
Fables and Reflections(1994) 
The Brief Lives(1994) 
World’s End(1995) 
The Kindly Ones(1996) 
The Wake(1997) 
The Dream Hunters(1999) 
Endless Nights(2003) 

Sandman Collections

Book of Dreams(1991) 

Sandman Non-Fiction Books

Dustcovers: The Collected Sandman Covers(1997) 
The Sandman Companion(1999) 
The Quotable Sandman(2001) 

Miracleman Graphic Novels

The Golden Age(1992)
Apocrypha(1998)

Death Graphic Novels

The High Cost of Living(1993) 
Death Talks About Life(1994) 
The Time of Your Life(1997) 
The Absolute Death(2009) 

Magic Graphic Novel

The Books Of Magic(1993)

Spawn Graphic Novels

Angela’s Hunt(1996) 

London Below Books

Neverwhere(1996) 
The Seven Sisters(2019) 

Batman Graphic Novels

Black and White(1999) 
Whatever Happened to the Caped Crusader?(2009) 

InterWorld Books

InterWorld(2007) 
The Silver Dream(2013) 
Eternity’s Wheel(2015) 

Short Stories

Shoggoth’s Old Peculiar(2004) 
The Truth is a Cave in the Black Mountains(2014) 
The Sleep and the Spindle(2014) 
How the Marquis Got His Coat Back(2015) 
How to Talk to Girls at Parties(2016) 
Black Dog(2016) 
The Monarch of the Glen(2016) 

Standalone Graphic Novels

Violent Cases(1987) 
Breakthrough(1990) 
Black Orchid(1991) 
Signal to Noise(1992) 
The Tragical Comedy or Comical Tragedy of Mr. Punch(1994) 
The Last Temptation(1994) 
The Day I Swapped My Dad for Two Goldfish(1996) 
The Compleat Alice Cooper(1996) 
Only the End of the World Again(2000) 
Legend of the Green Flame(2000) 
Harlequin Valentine(2001) 
Bento: Story Art Box(2001) 
The Wolves in the Walls(2003) 
The Matrix Comics(2003) 
Marvel 1602(2004) 
Melinda(2005) 
Mirrormask(2005) 
The Facts in the Case of the Departure of Miss Finch(2006) 
Eternals(2007) 
Stardust(2007) 
Coraline(2008) 
Free Country: A Tale of The Children’s Crusade(2015) 
The Absolute Death(2009) 
Mr. Punch(2013) 
Hansel and Gretel(2014) 
The Children’s Crusade(2015) 
Troll Bridge(2016) 
Forbidden Brides of the Faceless Slaves in the Secret House of the Night of Dread Desire(2017) 

Children’s Books

The Dangerous Alphabet(2008) 
Crazy Hair(2009) 
Blueberry Girl(2009) 
Instructions(2010) 
Chu’s Day(2013) 
Instructions(2010) 
Cinnamon(2017) 

Short Story Collections

Angels and Visitations: A Miscellany(1993) 
Smoke and Mirrors: Short Fictions and Illusions(1998) 
Midnight Days(1999) 
Adventures in the Dream Trade(2002) 
Creatures of the Night(2004) 
Noisy Outlaws, Unfriendly Blobs, and Some Other Things…(2005) 
Fragile Things: Short Fictions and Wonders(2006) 
M Is For Magic(2007) 
Sweet Justice: Selected Short Stories from the 2000 AD and Judge Dredd Annuals(2011) 
All Star Future Shocks(2013) 
Norse Mythology(2017) 

Anthologies

Ghastly Beyond Belief(1985) 
Temps(1991) 
The Weerde Book 1(1992) 
Euro Temps(1992) 
The Weerde Book 2: The Book of the Ancients(1993) 
Now We Are Sick: An Anthology of Nasty Verse(1994) 
Stories: All-New Tales(2008) 
Unnatural Creatures(2013) 

Standalone Plays

Day of the Dead(1998) 
Murder Mysteries: A Play for Voices(2000) 
MirrorMask(2005) 
Snow Glass Apples: A Play for Voices(2011) 

Non-Fiction Books

Duran Duran(1984) 
Don’t Panic: The Official Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy Companion(1987) 
Art of Vampire: The Masquerade(1999) 
A Walking Tour of the Shambles(2002) 
The View from the Cheap Seats(2016) 
Art Matters(2018)