From Sandman to Stardust, Neverwhere to Wayward Manor, Coraline to American Gods, Neil Gaiman‘s writing is rich with legends and mythology from around the world. His work draws on every fantastical thing from fairy tales to religions, putting his own unique spin on each new incarnation he creates. His stories are populated by witches and sprites and ghosts and gods in a way that blends the down to earth and the magical in a convincing and gripping way. Gaiman famously said that his fascination with mythology meant that he had to do only minimal research to confirm the occasionl fuzzy memory while writing American Gods.
Gaiman himself has a mindblowing level of creative output. Not slowed down by the birth of his son, Ash, in September 2015, he has already released multiple pieces this year and many projects are in progress right now.
His non-fiction book, The View From the Cheap Seats, was released earlier this year, along with reprints of some of his most popular pieces, including Neverwhere, complete with new illustrations. Meanwhile, Gaiman has been executive producing on the television adaptation of his novel American Gods, whilst his poem In Relig Odhráin quickly reached its Kickstarter goal to be made into a short film by James Batt.
As if that wasn’t enough in the space of six short months, Gaiman took to Facebook on June 29th – after teasing his hundreds of thousands of followers with a tantalising promise of yet more news in the days before – to announce that he would be releasing a new book in February next year.
The new novel, he says, will be called simply, Norse Mythology, and is inspired by traditional Germanic folk tales.
The book will tell of the adventures of Odin and Loki and Thor, of ice giants and fire demons, dwarves and elves, all in Gaiman’s signature storytelling style.
“To get the opportunity to retell the myths and poems we have inherited from the Norse was almost too good to be true,” he said, in a statement released by his publisher. “I hope that I have retold stories that read like the real thing: sometimes profound, sometimes funny, sometimes heroic, sometimes dark, and always inevitable.”
This is hardly Gaiman’s first battle with mythology and not even his first foray into Norse myths – his children’s book, Odd and the Frost Giants, first published in 2008 and recently reprinted with fresh illustrations by Chris Riddell, is woven with Norse themes.
Fans are already excited for this newest release, which is already available to pre-order on Amazon.