COMICS: The Neil Gaiman Library Volume I | Go Fl News

Neil Gaiman has written a lot. Novels, short stories, movies, television shows, commentaries, comic books.

Comic books gave Gaiman his start. His “Sandman” for DC Comics remains doubly legendary and topical 30 years later. Note the popularity of the ongoing Audible series and reports of an evolving Netflix television version of “Sandman.”

And while he’s expanded the scope of how he tells stories, Gaiman has never completely abandoned comics.

Dark Horse Comics recently celebrated Gaiman’s contributions to his comic book business by collecting them in three volumes of “The Neil Gaiman Library.”

The “Library” contains some pretty intoxicating stuff. Some of Gaiman’s Dark Horse work includes adaptations of his already written short stories, some of which were originally created for the comics.

“Volume I” contains four stories and pages of creative notes, artist designs, etc. Enough material to fill over 300 pages.

The stories are:

– “A Study in Emerald”, a mysterious story that combines the Victorian world of Sherlock Holmes as distorted by HP Lovecraft’s Cthulu.

– “How to Talk to Girls at Parties” where something as ordinary as a well-told coming-of-age story is nicely mixed with something otherworldly.

– In “Murder Mysteries”, a man encounters a fallen angel who trades a tale of a time before the world for a cigarette…and possibly something more.

– “Forbidden Brides” turns the conceit of what we consider normal and fantasy, the mundane and the horrific. Imagine what Edgar Allan Poe would be writing about if he lived in a world that looked like something created by, well, Poe.

The book features great illustrations by artists such as P. Craig Russell, Rafael Albuquerque, Fabio Moon, Gabriel Ba, Rafael Scavone, Shane Oakley.

“Volume I” is a treasure for casual Gaiman readers and could be a great find for someone just introduced to Gaiman. And if readers enjoy what they find here, there are two more volumes of “The Neil Gaiman Library” to find and read.

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