Neil Gaiman was born in Hampshire, UK, and now lives in the United States near Minneapolis. As a child he discovered his love of books, reading, and stories, devouring the works of C.S. Lewis, J.R.R. Tolkien, James Branch Cabell, Edgar Allan Poe, Michael Moorcock, Ursula K. LeGuin, Gene Wolfe, and G.K. Chesterton. (via Web)
Birth Date: 10 November 1960
Birthplace: Portchester, Hampshire, England
Years active: 1984–present
Genre: Fantasy, Dark Fantasy, Horror Fiction
Spouse: Mary McGrath (1985–2007), Amanda Palmer (2011–present)
No. of books written: At least 34
- He believed that books have genders.
- Gaiman once said that “books have sexes, they do in my head, or at least, the ones that I write does.”
- Neil has a cat that can speak.
And Fred the cat talks.
I’ve never had a talking cat before.
He wanders around the attic saying things like ‘Hullo…’ and ‘Mimi’. Well, the ‘hullo’ is more like ‘hurro’, but it’s still quite off-putting if you aren’t used to it.”.
- After he graduated from high school, Neil as a young journalist was writing articles for a couple of notable publications like Time Out, Knave, Sunday Times and The Observer.
Notable Characters Created
Full name: Coraline Jones
Powers/Skills: Able to trick the Other Mother, collect the eyes of the Ghost Children
Hobby: To do whatever that entertains her
Family: Mel Jones (Mother), Charlie Jones (Father)
Friends: Mr. Bobinsky, Wybie, Ms. Spink and Ms. Forcible, The cat, Other Father, Other Wybie
Enemies: The Beldam/Other Mother, Other Mr Bobinsky, Other Ms. Spink and Ms. Forcible
She is an 11-year-old girl who comes with her parents in a new town, (Somewhere in Oregon in the movie) but she has only complained to make about this change of home. The house needs to be renovated, the sky is always cloudy, the neighbors are old and eccentric (the only kid around is Wybie, who annoys her) and her parents are so busy with the moving and their jobs that Coraline is often alone.
One night, she discovers a secret door in the house, which leads to another world. This place looks exactly like her own, with two differences: everybody has buttons instead of eyes, and overall the apartment is a much better place to live in.
Coraline has lots of fun in the other world, despite the warnings of a mysterious cat (who can talk in the magical world) among other characters.
Aliases: Samael, Luci (by Amenadiel),Lightbringer,Satan, Prince of Darkness, Beelzebub,Lord of Hell
Relatives: The Presence (father), Michael Demiurgos (brother · deceased), Gabriel (brother), Cal (nephew), Elaine Belloc (niece), Mazikeen (consort), Takehiko (son), Izanami-No-Mikoto (lover)
Date of birth: Unknown
Occupancy: Bar owner
Powers: Nigh-Omnipotence, Absolute Immortality, Cosmic Awareness, Energy Projection, Enhanced Intellect, Flight, Invulnerability, Magic, Matter absorption, Omnipresence, Pyrokinesis, Dimensional Travel, Soul Manipulation, Wings
Lucifer Morningstar is a rebel archangel who was once given Hell as his own domain. After several thousand years he decided he no longer wanted to do what he believed was expected of him and so he abandoned Hell and “retired” to Earth.
Eons ago, Lucifer Morningstar rebelled against the Kingdom of Heaven, and was cast into a shapeless void known as the Chaoplasm. The Chaoplasm was transformed into a desolate and barren expanse known by many as Hell, the final destination for damned souls. Here Morningstar ruled, awaiting the day he could be freed.
Lucifer was forced to share his power after the Great Darkness’s return. A Triumverate was formed, but Lucifer retained the majority of power.
Place of origin: Red sea
Aliases: Maze, Mazie (by Lucifer), Mazikeen Smith, Mazikeen of the Lilim
Occupation: Lucifer’s assistant, Manager of Lux, Soul torturer (formerly), Bounty Hunter
Powers: Demon Physiology, Immortality, Superhuman Strength, Telekinesis, Animal Sound Mimicry
Maze is a demon and has existed for thousands of years. While Lucifer was the ruler of Hell, she served him and tortured souls of deceased humans. Lucifer has called her “the most skilled torturer Hell’s ever known” and “Hell’s most brutal torturer”.
When Lucifer left Hell, Maze followed him to Earth. Under his orders, she cut off his wings. Afterwards, she aids Lucifer in his various (mis)adventures in punishing the wicked.
As a demon, Mazikeen is far superior to a human, having augmented supernatural power.
Immortality: As a demon, Mazikeen cannot be killed by ordinary means. She doesn’t age and has lived for millennia or possibly longer. However, demons do not have souls, so if she dies, she would be eradicated from existence.