For his next book, the much adored Neil Gaiman is revisiting two fan favorites from his past. The celebrated writer’s next book, Trigger Warning: Short Fictions and Disturbances, will include not only a Doctor Who story, but a new jaunt in the epic world of what may be his best novel, American Gods. As if a new Gaiman book isn’t enough to get you salivating, that should do the trick.
Gaiman has famously penned two episodes of Doctor Who, “The Doctor’s Wife” and “Nightmare in Silver,” and fans keep clamoring for him to write more. And while this isn’t exactly what they ordered, Trigger Warning does include a Doctor story. The story was apparently written for the show’s 50th anniversary last year, and though it isn’t explicitly named anywhere (at least not that I can fine), it’s assumed to be his story “Nothing O’Clock.” That’s not quite as exciting as a brand spanking new offering, but if you haven’t read it, it’s still new to you.
As great is that is, and as much as I like Doctor Who, I’m actually way more excited about the American Gods part of the program. It is hands down my favorite Gaiman work (and that includes his Sandman comics), the new collection includes the short story “Black Dog,” which returns to the rich world Gaiman crafted for that book.
For those of you not familiar, the 2002 American Gods won Gaiman both the Hugo and Nebula Awards, among others, and creates an expansive new American mythology. Gods exist because people believe in them, and like the rest of America, the world of these gods is a melting pot of beings from different countries and cultures. And over time new gods have risen vie avenues like media, celebrity culture, technology, and more. It’s a hugely inventive, sprawling world, and the idea of going back for more is an exciting one indeed.
Trigger Warning will be published on February 3, so we won’t even have to wait all that long to get our grubby little mitts on this book. But if you’re just so jazzed that you can’t even wait that long, and if you happen to live in the U.K. (sorry Gaiman fans elsewhere, you’re shit out of luck), you can get a short preview beforehand. On January 13, A Little Trigger will be available as an ebook containing the short story “The Thing About Cassandra.”
But regardless of where you live, it won’t be too awful long before you can get ahold of Trigger Warning: Short Fictions and Disturbances.