A few words from Neil Gaiman on buttons.

Leave it to Neil to make something as innocuous as buttons seem really creepy:

I’m going to have to make a point to get out and see Coraline while it’s still in the theaters.

Be Careful What You Wish For - “Coraline” trailer is wicked cool.

Neil Gaiman’s wonderfully creepy book comes to life via the same stop-motion animation used for The Nightmare Before Christmas:

I’m very much looking forward to this one.

Neil Gaiman’s “The Graveyard Book” to become live action movie.

According to this item on MTV.com:

With Halloween mere days away, it was a nice surprise when Neil Gaiman dropped by the MTV offices to discuss his latest project, “The Graveyard Book” — now number one on its respective New York Times list. Given the intense interest in Hollywood to adapt it before it ever came out, we had to ask: Will there be a movie version?

Yes, according to Gaiman.

“I don’t know if I can talk about this, but seeing that you’ve asked me, and seeing that I haven’t been told by anybody that I can’t talk about it,” Neil revealed, “but yes.”

[…] “They want to start making films, and start producing their own films,” Gaiman said. “And they read it, and they loved it, and I spoke to them, and they said all the right things, and they seem to listen. So I don’t think it’s going to be transported to a graveyard in Los Angeles where they’ve been burying bathing beauties or anything. I think we’re actual going to stick with where the book is written and film that. And I think part of the idea is that they know they can also do the special effects cheaply.”

That will be a big issue for this film, considering most of the characters are “dead, or werewolves, or ghouls, or something else mysterious,” Gaiman said.

Exactly how that will be achieved — what levels of transparency are the ghosts? How corporeal can they get? — is “part of the fun of making the film,” he said. “There’s probably going to be an awful lot of screen tests to figure how you can pull it off in the subtlest, coolest, and most convincing way, and that will be a job for next year.”

The fact that Gaiman is producing the film fills me with hope that it’ll be a good adaptation.

Neil Gaiman reads the first chapter from “The Graveyard Book.”

I’m so looking forward to this book, but it may be some time before I can afford to buy it. How cool is it then that Harper Books and Gaiman are allowing us a sneak peek with this widget?

Additionally you can see video of Gaiman reading one chapter on each of his tour stops as he promotes the book at this website. So by following along you can enjoy the whole of the book for free as read by Gaiman himself. How frickin’ cool is that? It makes me want to buy the book that much more.

The results are in: “American Gods” now readable on the web for free.

Neil put up the announcement on his blog just recently:

Kids! Free! Book!
The good news is the link to the free online American Gods is up on the front page of the neilgaiman.com website. The bad news is that the link is wrong.

For the next month, your free copy of American Gods is waiting for you at
http://tiny.cc/WRiXE

Feel free to spread the link as widely as possible around the web. If it works, and people read it, then a) we may be able to put up another book and b) sooner or later they’ll simply let us give away the book in electronic form….

It’s an excellent book and I recommend checking it out if you haven’t already. I got my copy through my mother who’s also a big Gaiman fan.

Neil Gaiman’s “The Graveyard Book” is complete.

One of my favorite authors just posted on his blog that he’s done with his latest novel titled The Graveyard Book. Here he tries to explain what it is about and who it is for:

Over the last few months people have written in and asked what kind of a book The Graveyard Book is, whether it’s for kids or adults, all that sort of thing. And I haven’t answered because it wasn’t actually finished, and I figured I’d find out when it was done. And it’s done now.

I think The Graveyard Book is a book for pretty much all ages, although I’m not sure how far down that actually starts. I think I would have loved it when I was eight, but I don’t think that all eight-year olds were like me.

[…] But it’s not a children’s book. It’s a book that I think children will enjoy, but there’s also stuff that’s there for adults too. It’s a book about life and death and making families. It has ghouls in it, and the Hounds of God, and the Sleer, and the Indigo Man, and a lot of very dead people.

It’s not that easy to describe. I’m reminded of Kim Newman’s review of Anansi Boys, which began “Anansi Boys is one of Neil Gaiman’s books for grown-ups, which means that it’s a lot less ruthless than the material he produces for children”, and it’s a very true observation. From that perspective, it’s definitely one of my children’s books.

Children’s book or not, I’ll be adding it to my wish list as a must have. It’s due out here on September 30, 2008.

Neil also points out that the trailer for Coraline is now available on the web.

Neil Gaiman seeks your opinion on which book to give away.

One of my favorite authors, Neil Gaiman, has just celebrated his blog’s seventh anniversary and in celebration he’s asking fans to vote for which book will be made available online for free:

As you may have deduced, it’s the blog’s 7th birthday today. On February the 9th 2001, I started writing this thing. And now, 1,071,213 words later,  it is still going. (Until the wind changes, as Mary Poppins said.)

One thing we’ve decided to do, as a small celebratory birthday thing is, initially for a month, make a book of mine available online, free, gratis and for nothing.

Which book, though…? Ah, that’s up to you.

What I want you to do is think—not about which of the books below is your favourite, but if you were giving one away to a friend who had never read anything of mine, what would it be? Where would you want them to start?

The possible offerings consist of American Gods, Anansi Boys, Coraline, Fragile Things, M is for Magic, Neverwhere, Smoke & Mirrors, and Stardust. A list that made me realize there’s at least one Neil Gaiman book I’ve not yet read (M is for Magic) so I’ll have to add it to my wish list. So go vote for whichever one you think would be the one you’d recommend to a new reader.

Trailer for movie adaptation of Neil Gaiman’s “Stardust” on the net.

I loved Neil Gaiman’s novel Stardust and was thrilled to hear it was being made into a feature film. Now the trailer is available at Yahoo! Movies and it’s leaving me with a bit of trepidation.

It’s got a few of big name stars in it (Claire Danes, Robert De Niro, Michelle Pfeiffer, Peter O’Toole) and it’s visuals are nice enough, but it seemed like there was a bit more comedy in the trailer than I remember there being in the book. Not that it matters as I’ll probably go see it regardless because it’s one of the few Neil Gaiman adaptations that’s been done, but I enjoyed the book quite a bit so I hope the film will stay as true to it as it can.

Go check out the trailer for yourself and see what you think.