Neil Gaiman is an English author of considerable acclaim, which he has largely gathered by being awesome. He writes short stories, novels, screenplays, graphic novels, and more. You name it, and Neil Gaiman did it better than you ever could. I normally do recommendations hoping that maybe someone will check out whatever thing I’m writing about, but this time is different. If you haven’t checked out Neil Gaiman, you need to do it. I am not giving you a choice in the matter.
Gaiman’s work has all the charm of Terry Pratchett’s (the two have worked together), but it’s generally much darker. He never quite gets gory, but his stories are much more along the lines of the Brothers Grimm than Mother Goose. He could easily be likened to Tim Burton, and it’s true that they walk the same lines. In my opinion, however, Burton’s work feels safer. Burton excels at the bizarre, but every aspect of his work is meant to be seen. In contrast, Gaiman only shows his audience the story at hand, and is content to let the rest hide in the shadows.
Neil Gaiman has written a whole series of Sandman comic books, and a variety of excellent novels. Some of my favorites are Neverwhere, American Gods, and The Graveyard Book. He also wrote the 2002 movie Coraline, which got a lot of attention.
IMPORTANT: Any collection of short stories by Neil Gaiman is pure gold, and should be purchased immediately and treasured.
So basically, do yourself a favor and enjoy something that Gaiman has written, because the man is a genius.