Neil Richard Gaiman (Portchester, 10 de novembro de 1960) é um autor de romances e quadrinhos inglês. Vive em Minneapolis, Estados Unidos da América e é casado com Amanda Palmer, da banda Dresden Dolls.
Entre suas obras em prosa estão "Deuses Americanos" e "Belas Maldições", a segunda em parceria com Terry Pratchett; e sua criação quadrinística mais conhecida é Sandman, que tem como personagens principais Sandman, a personificação antropomórfica do Sonho, também é conhecido como Morpheus, numa referência à mitologia grega e seus irmãos, Morte, Destino, Delírio, Desejo, Desespero e Destruição.
As capas da revista foram desenhadas pelo parceiro artístico e amigo de Neil Gaiman, Dave McKean (com quem trabalhou em outras histórias em quadrinhos como Violent Cases, Orquídea Negra e Mr. Punch). Em seus trabalhos cinematográficos, encontramos "Mirrormask", seu filme ao lado de Dave McKean e a Jimmy Hensons Company, estreou em Maio de 2005 nos cinemas e "Neverwhere" mini série para televisão que escreveu, e é exibido pela BBC inglesa. Em 2007, entrou em cartaz a animação Beowulf, co-roteirizada por ele, além do longa de Stardust, uma de suas mais aclamadas obras, realizada ao lado de Charles Vess.
“Have you ever been in love? Horrible isn't it? It makes you so vulnerable. It opens your chest and it opens up your heart and it means that someone can get inside you and mess you up.”
“I've been making a list of the things they don't teach you at school. They don't teach you how to love somebody. They don't teach you how to be famous. They don't teach you how to be rich or how to be poor. They don't teach you how to walk away from someone you don't love any longer. They don't teach you how to know what's going on in someone else's mind. They don't teach you what to say to someone who's dying. They don't teach you anything worth knowing.”
“May your coming year be filled with magic and dreams and good madness. I hope you read some fine books and kiss someone who thinks you're wonderful, and don't forget to make some art -- write or draw or build or sing or live as only you can. And I hope, somewhere in the next year, you surprise yourself.”
I believe that the future sucks and I believe that the future rocks and I believe that one day White Buffalo Woman is going to come back and kick everyone's ass. I believe that all men are just overgrown boys with deep problems communicating and that the decline in good sex in America is coincident with the decline in drive-in movie theaters from state to state.
I believe that life is a game, that life is a cruel joke, and that life is what happens when you're alive and that you might as well lie back and enjoy it.”
“Everybody has a secret world inside of them. All of the people of the world, I mean everybody. No matter how dull and boring they are on the outside, inside them they've all got unimaginable, magnificent, wonderful, stupid, amazing worlds. Not just one world. Hundreds of them. Thousands maybe.”
You build up all these defenses, you build up a whole suit of armor, so that nothing can hurt you, then one stupid person, no different from any other stupid person, wanders into your stupid life...You give them a piece of you. They didn't ask for it. They did something dumb one day, like kiss you or smile at you, and then your life isn't your own anymore. Love takes hostages. It gets inside you. It eats you out and leaves you crying in the darkness, so simple a phrase like 'maybe we should be just friends' turns into a glass splinter working its way into your heart. It hurts. Not just in the imagination. Not just in the mind. It's a soul-hurt, a real gets-inside-you-and-rips-you-apart pain. I hate love.”
“Tomorrow may be hell, but today was a good writing day, and on the good writing days nothing else matters.”
“There are so many fragile things, after all. People break so easily, and so do dreams and hearts.”
“When we hold each other, in the darkness, it doesn't make the darkness go away. The bad things are still out there. The nightmares still walking. When we hold each other we feel not safe, but better. "It's all right" we whisper, "I'm here, I love you." and we lie: "I'll never leave you." For just a moment or two the darkness doesn't seem so bad.”
“Face your life, its pain, its pleasure, leave no path untaken.”
“You have to believe. Otherwise, it will never happen.”
“Libraries are our friends.”