The Sandman, American Gods, Coraline, The Graveyard Book, Good Omens, Neverwhere, Stardust. Neil Gaiman is a writer of novels, comic books, screenplays, poetry, audio recordings, and children’s books.  If you happened to not have knowingly consumed any of his work, you’ve probably watched some media he has contributed to.  It’s hard to think of a creative project he hasn’t worked on or of a literary award he hasn’t won. (Okay, besides the Nobel in Literature, but let’s admit it’s not THAT hard to think of him winning it.) That's all to say, he's a well-respected, prolific writer who has been in the public eye for a while. Here are 12 fun facts about him…

AT A GLANCE NEIL GAIMAN Ocean at The End of The Lane started as a short story for his wife Amanda Palmer Palmer was away on tour and Gaiman missed her so much he wanted to send her something personal. Instead of gifting flowers, he started a short story that he couldn't stop writing. CRACKED.COM

Neil Gaiman Was In A Punk Band

AT A GLANCE NEIL GAIMAN Gaiman started a punk band while in school to WHIRLW Farz OUT 24°DE FAIT 300g PRESIDENCE Не was the lead singer of the Ex-Execs. It ended when someone threw a full can of beer at his face. CRACKED.COM

Source: Neil Gaiman: Dream Dangerously

He Turned Down Penthouse

AT A GLANCE NEIL GAIMAN Не was offered a feature editor job at Penthouse ATIONAL MAGAZINE FOR Mbx RNATIONAL SPIRACY STELLO: OUNG DREAM Не was a freelance writer for the girly magazine, and even though he needed the steady income to support his family, he turned it down to pursue fiction. Не said, There's an alternative universe where I said yes, and I feel really sorry for him. CRACKED.COM

Source: Neil Gaiman: Dream Dangerously

Gaiman Met Pratchett When He Interviewed Him

AT A GLANCE NEIL GAIMAN Gaiman was the first journalist to interview Terry Pratchett as an author. The Apocalypse has never been funnier. Clive Barker The two met in 1985 in a Chinese restauraunt. They quickly became friends, and when Pratchett offered to write something with Gaiman, he quickly agreed, adding that was the nearest I was ever going to get to Michaelangelo phoning to ask if I wanted to paint a ceiling with him. CRACKED.COM

Source: BBC

Coraline Almost Wasn't Published

AT A GLANCE NEIL GAIMAN Coraline almost wasn't published because it was too creepy for kids Gaiman's agent Merrilee Heifetz believed the book wasn't appropriate for kids but used her kids as a litmus test. Her kids said it wasn't too scary, but years later, they admitted it terrified them but lied because they wanted to know what happened next. CRACKED.COM

Source: EW

AT A GLANCE NEIL GAIMAN Coraline was inspired by stories Gaiman's daughter Holly would tell She would tell stories about a girl named Holly who would come home to an evil witch pretending to be her mom and go on adventures with friendly ghosts to bring her real mom back. CRACKED.COM

AT A GLANCE NEIL GAIMAN Gaiman paid tribute to Terry Pratchett by leaving a seat for him at the Good Omens premiere Gaiman reserved a seat next to him, with Pratchett's hat and scarf since the late Pratchett had told him that he would only believe there would ever be a movie of their novel when I'm sitting next to you at the premiere with a big bag of popcorn - and I don't promise I'll believe it then. CRACKED.COM

Source: RadioTimes

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