Neil Gaiman

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Name: Neil Gaiman
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Occupation: author, comics writer, screenwriter
Medium: books, film, comics
Works: American Gods, Anansi Boys, Beowulf, The Books of Magic, Coraline, Good Omens (with Terry Pratchett), The Graveyard Book, Neverwhere (TV series and novelization), Sandman, Stardust, A Study in Emerald
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Neil Gaiman is a very successful writer in the genres of science fiction and horror. He is notable for being a fairly fannishly accessible author, as he tours, signs books, tweets, blogs, and is generally extremely gracious to his fan-base. He also tolerates fanfiction and wrote on his blog:

"For the record, if I don't get around to writing a sequel to something while I'm alive, I'd very much rather that nobody else does it once I'm dead. It should exist in your head or in Lucien's library, or in fanfic. But that's me, and not every author feels the same way."[1]

In a 2015 interview with Kazuo Ishiguro, he said about fanfiction:

It’s not a new phenomenon. I love the fact that, you know, in the early versions of King Lear, the story had a happy ending. Shakespeare turned it into a tragedy, and through the 18th and 19th centuries they kept trying to give it a happy ending again. But people kept going back to the one that Shakespeare created. You could definitely view Shakespeare as fan fiction, in his own way. I’ve only ever written, as far as I know, one book that did the thing that happens when people online get hold of it and start writing their own fiction, which was Good Omens, which I did with Terry Pratchett. It’s a 100,000-word book; there’s probably a million words of fiction out there by now, written by people who were inspired by characters in the book.

What do you feel about that?

Mostly I feel happy about it.[2]

He wrote the episode 'The Doctor's Wife' for Doctor Who in 2011.

Fannish Engagement

Although Gaiman has written widely, most fannish engagement seems to be with his character Death, one of the Endless introduced by him while writing Sandman for DC Comics. Since Death can appear to any character when they die or approach death, she is a fannish Little Black Dress, and well suited for crossovers.

Good Omens, co-written with Terry Pratchett, has a small but active fandom. Gaiman's works Neverwhere, American Gods & A Study in Emerald are perennial requests at Yuletide, and fanfiction for his other novels turns up there from time to time.


  1. Blog entry written on September 19th 2008 on the new Hitchhiker book written by Eoin Colfer. Emphasis added. (Accessed 17 October, 2008)
  2. New Statesman: “Let's talk about genre”: Neil Gaiman and Kazuo Ishiguro in conversation (accessed 12 June 2015)
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