Our first author of the month is the wonderfully eerie, Neil Gaiman. He is a more recent obsession for me, not in any creepy stalker way, but in an amusing way. I just love how the man writes! I bought a book of his called M is for Magic, one of his many books of short stories and fell in love instantly. The piece I enjoyed most in this book wasn’t even a short story, but his poem titled: Instructions. It touched that part of me hidden real deep, the one that still believes there’s magic in the world. Here’s an excerpt from this poem:
“Remember your name.
Do not lose hope–what you seek will be found.
Trust ghosts.Trust those that you have helped to help you in their turn.
Trust your heart, and trust your story.”
The poem, at first, appears to be instructions for how to get around in a fantasy world, but a closer look made me realize that these can be instructions for real life. I suggest reading the whole poem. It will make your toes curl with reassurance that everything will be alright. He is probably more famous for his graphic novels like Coraline and The Sandman series. He also has recently written a new novel called The Graveyard Book, which is about a living boy who was raised by dead people. Some of his books have been made into movies. Here is a list of his works:
Adventures In The Dream Trade
The Day I Swapped My Dad For Two Goldfish
- Euro Temps
- Weerde Book 1
- Weerde Book 2
The Book Of Judges
The Books Of Magic
The Books Of Magick: Life During Wartime
Deady And I
Death: The High Cost Of Living
Death Talks About Life
Death: The Time Of Your Life
Death: A Winter’s Tale
Feeders And Eaters
It Was A Dark And Silly Night
Metamorpho The Element Man
Miracleman: The Library Of Olympus
Miracleman: The Golden Age
Miracleman: The Silver Age
Sandman Book I: Preludes And Nocturnes
Sandman Book II: The Doll’s House
Sandman Book III: Dream Country
Sandman Book IV: Season Of Mists
Sandman Book V: A Game Of You
Sandman Book VI: Fables And Reflections
Sandman Book VII: Brief Lives
Sandman Book VIII: World’s End
Sandman Book IX: The Kindly Ones
Sandman Book X: The Wake
The Sandman: The Dream Hunters
The Sandman: Endless Nights
Sandman Midnight Theatre
Sweeney Todd The Demon Barber Of Fleet Street
Neil Gaiman’s Wheel Of Worlds
You’re Never Alone With A Phone
And countless more. To see all of his works visit this site: http://www.neilgaiman.com/works/.
Lastly here are two videos so that you can better get to know Neil Gaiman yourselves.
The first is a video promoting the book turned stop-motion animation movie, Coraline.
The second video is of an interview where Neil Gaiman gives some advice to young writers. (The quality is a bit bad on this one, but I didn’t make it so watch it anyway.)