Inside the Terrifying World of Neil Gaiman

Author has cult-following, is 'nobody's bitch,' was raised Scientologist
By Kevin Spak,  Newser Staff
Posted Jan 18, 2010 2:04 PM CST

(Newser) – Hey, have you heard of this guy Neil Gaiman? That’s basically the gist of a meandering New Yorker profile on the prolific fantasist. Gaiman, for the uninitiated, is a wildly popular writer of comics, novels, screenplays, and, lately, terrifying children’s books. Though mainstream critics sometimes neglect his work, he’s got a devoted cult following—roughly 1.4 million subscribe to his blog—which propels his every book to the top of the bestseller list.

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“It means I’m nobody’s bitch,” he says, though the flip side is that at comic conventions he feels like “a maggoty log at a woodpecker convention.” The profile also reveals the little-known fact that Gaiman was raised as a scientologist. He’s since left the faith, but says he feels a certain solidarity with the family religion. “I will stand with groups when I feel like they’re being properly persecuted,” he says. (Read more Neil Gaiman stories.)

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