Unnatural Creatures by Neil Gaiman
Stories Selected by Neil Gaiman

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Each opens with a small, dark, fine-grained image of a creature or partial figure that sets an appropriately ominous tone for what follows. Light on new material but solid choices overall...
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Synopsis

Unnatural Creatures is a collection of short stories about the fantastical things that exist only in our minds—collected and introduced by beloved New York Times bestselling author Neil Gaiman.
 
The sixteen stories gathered by Gaiman, winner of the Hugo and Nebula Awards, range from the whimsical to the terrifying. The magical creatures range from werewolves to sunbirds to beings never before classified. E. Nesbit, Diana Wynne Jones, Gahan Wilson, and other literary luminaries contribute to the anthology.
 
Sales of Unnatural Creatures benefit 826DC, a nonprofit organization dedicated to supporting students in their creative and expository writing, and to helping teachers inspire their students to write.

 

About Neil Gaiman

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Neil Gaiman is the nationally bestselling author of The Graveyard Book, the only book ever to win both the Newbery and the Carnegie Medals. He lives near Minneapolis, MN. You can visit him online at www.mousecircus.com.Michael Reaves is an Emmy Award-winning television writer and novelist who has written, story-edited, or produced nearly four hundred teleplays for various series. He lives in California. You can visit him online at www.michaelreaves.com.
 
Published April 23, 2013 by HarperCollins. 481 pages
Genres: Science Fiction & Fantasy, Young Adult, Literature & Fiction, Horror. Fiction
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Critic reviews for Unnatural Creatures
All: 4 | Positive: 3 | Negative: 1

Publishers Weekly

Excellent
on Apr 08 2013

Teens with a yen for the fantastic would be hard pressed to find a better place to start.

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Blog Critics

Good
Reviewed by Daniel Burton on Dec 01 2013

The sixteen tales collected are as creative as the creatures they feature, and with them Gaiman has produced a book as interesting and complete as any that he might have written himself.

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Kirkus

Good
on Feb 27 2013

Each opens with a small, dark, fine-grained image of a creature or partial figure that sets an appropriately ominous tone for what follows. Light on new material but solid choices overall...

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AV Club

Below average
Reviewed by Neil Gaiman on Apr 22 2013

No one story is bad, but the collection as a whole doesn’t feel as organic as readers might expect from an author especially known for his ability to blend disparate themes and settings.

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