Neil Gaiman’s Free Short Stories

Neil Gaiman is one of the handful of writers who has made comics respectable over the past several decades. He has written some classic children’s stories, plus a novel that will be adapted by HBO. A great deal of his output, though, has been in the form of short stories, and we have pulled together some free copies for you today. Some stories are available in audio and video, others in text. (We have them all separately listed in our collections:  550 Free Audio Books: Download Great Books for Free and 600 Free eBooks for iPad, Kindle & Other Devices.)

Audio & Video

Other Gaiman works can be download via Audible.com’s special Free Trial. More details here.

Text

And, since it’s certainly timely, we leave you with Gaiman’s New Year’s Eve message delivered to a crowd in Boston several years ago:

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. May your coming year be a wonderful thing in which you dream both dangerously and outrageously.

I hope you will make something that didn’t exist before you made it, that you will be loved and you will be liked and you will have people to love and to like in return. And most importantly, because I think there should be more kindness and more wisdom in the world right now – I hope that you will, when you need to, be wise and that you will always be kind. And I hope that somewhere in the next year you surprise yourself.

Mark Linsenmayer runs the Partially Examined Life philosophy podcast and blog. He also performs with the Madison, WI band New People.


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  1. thedisassociation says . . . | February 6, 2012 / 6:48 pm
  2. thedisassociation says . . . | February 6, 2012 / 7:19 pm

    Commenting to add that the first five chapters of American Gods are available for free on the HarperCollins website: http://www.harpercollins.com/browseinside/index.aspx?isbn13=9780060558123
    and that last.fm has a free mp3 download of “Harlequin Valentine” here: http://www.last.fm/music/Neil+Gaiman/_/Harlequin+Valentine

  3. steroids says . . . | October 8, 2012 / 8:05 pm

    very kind of the guy to let people have these stories for free.

  4. Gery says . . . | April 30, 2014 / 2:01 pm

    There’s also video of the marvellous ‘Instructions’ – https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dWRvqO1MjIs&feature=youtube_gdata_player – and ‘Make Good Art’ – his 2012 Commencement speech at the University of the Arts, which was subsequently turned into a book https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ikAb-NYkseI&feature=youtube_gdata_player

  5. Battlecat says . . . | May 7, 2014 / 9:45 am

    The link for:

    The Graveyard Book (a novel read live with illustrations) – Free Video

    leads to a page with a series of dead video links.

  6. Valerie Kaplan says . . . | October 4, 2014 / 9:57 pm

    Blueberry Girl (with animated versions of Charles Vess’s illustrations): http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=QH4lyJWa_84

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