The Sandman author reveals how he lied his way into journalism and why he could write a sequel to almost everything he's published
It's hard not to wonder if Gaiman himself ever feels the same way. Already this year, he has published the children's book Chu's Day, about a panda with a big sneeze, and his first adult novel since 2005's Anansi Boys, The Ocean at the End of the Lane. He's also written a Doctor Who episode, and has another kids' book, Fortunately, the Milk, out this autumn, along with his much-anticipated return to Sandman. I emailed him earlier this year to ask if he'd have a chat about Sandman. "Can't happen," he replied. "Six short stories to get written today." OK, then.
Gaiman, chatty and warm despite a hectic schedule on a trip to the UK from his Minneapolis home, admits he "will die with books unwritten". "I think everything I've written with the exception of Ocean has a sequel I could start tomorrow."