This volume contains the American Gods web log, plus stories, songs, poems, and essays.
Table of Contents
The Introduction (by John M. Ford)
Mostly Introductions and Essays
- Fan Letter
- Shameful Secrets of Comics Retailing: The Lingerie Connection
- But What Has That to Do With Bacchus? (Deadface)
- Bratpack (Rick Veitch)
- Astro City: Confession (Kurt Busiek)
- 300 Good Rerasons to Resent Dave Sim (Cerebus)
- Tantrum (Jules Feiffer)
- The Dark Knight Returns
- Starchild: Crossroads (James A. Owen)
- The Adventures of Professor Thintwhistle and His Aetheric Flyer (Lupoff & Stiles)
- Of Time and Gully Foyle (Alfred Bester)
- Concerning Dreams and Nightmares (H. P. Lovecraft)
- The Einstein Intersection (Samuel Delany)
- The Swords of Lankhmar (Fritz Leiber)
- The Screwtape Letters (C. S. Lewis)
- The King of Elfland's Daughter (Lord Dunsany)
- Curiosities: Lud-in-the-Mist (Hope Mirrlees)
- From the End of the Twentieth Century (John M. Ford)
- Jonathan Carroll
- Roger Zelazny
- The Beast That Shouted Love at the Heart of the World (Harlan Ellison)
- Banging the Drum for Harlan Ellison
- After They've brought on the Dancing Girls
- A Writer's Prayer
- Neil's Thankyou Pome
- How to Write Longfellow's "Hiawatha"
- The Old Warlock's Reverie: A Pantoum
Songs written for the Flash Girls
- In Re: Pansy Smith and Violet Jones
- Post Mortem of Our Love
- Personal Thing
- All Purpose Folk Song
- A Girl Needs a Knife
American Gods Web Log
- Time Out
- December 7, 1995
- Good Boys Deserve Favours
- The Flints of Memory Lane
- Essay for Patti
Here's the problem—the constraints of this format mean we have to present a linear description of Neil Gaiman. But Neil Gaiman is a multi-dimensional—as well as a multi-media—creator. So, what you read here is a shadow of a projection. Some points to determine that line—born in the UK; came to the US in 1992; lives in the Upper Midwest. He writes; he writes songs, poems, short stories, novels—both graphic and prose. He writes by himself; he collaborates with Terry Pratchett. He edits anthologies. Probably as a result of his British schooling, he writes essays—excellent ones; sometimes they sneak in as introduction, forewords, or afterwords to someone else's book. Often the book is only a launching platform into the vasty reaches of bibilospace. Oh, yes, he wrote The Sandman graphic novels. A Midsummer Night's Dream received the 1991 Best Short Story World Fantasy Award—imagine that, a prestigious award given to a comic book. For more information about Neil's coming and goings and doings, look at his website.
photo by Lorraine Garland
Boskone 39's Official Artist was the first recipient of the annual juried Jack Gaughan Award for Emerging Artist presented at Boskone 23 in 1986. Since that time his book covers have won him a number of Chesley Awards from the Association of Science Fiction Artists. He won the 1994 Best Original Artwork Hugo for his Space Fantasy Commemorative Stamp Booklet issued by the USPS. He has also created set designs, comic book covers, and gaming materials. His art has been included in many of the annual collections of best science fiction and fantasy art. More information and samples of his artwork can be seen at his website.
This is a limited hardcover edition of 10 lettered boxed and signed copies (presentation copies — not for sale), 290 numbered boxed and signed copies, and 1700 numbered trade copies (sold out!). It will not be reprinted in hardcover, however a trade paperback edition is now available.
Trade paperback state. ISBN 1-886778-42-6, $16, 8.5"x5.5", 270 pp, August 2002
Hardcover state ISBN 1-886778-37-X, $26, 8.5"x5.5", 270 pp, February 2002. out of print!
Boxed state ISBN 1-886778-38-8, $40, 8.5"x5.5", 270 pp, February 2002. out of print!