Ladies and gentlemen, I give you the one, the only... Neil Gaiman.
"Hello to everyone who has clicked on a widget and now has me talking to them," he begins. Back in the good old days, when there was more than one bookstore in Glasgow or Edinburgh prestigious enough to have authors stop over for readings, I attended a few Neil Gaiman events - the one I remember most clearly was for the release of Coraline (I have a mouse scribbled in my proof copy to show for that) - and then, as now, he was every bit the humble English gentleman.
He's recorded a few minutes worth of introduction to Stories: All-New Tales, "a huge book of stories by wonderful writers... and me" coming from Headline Review on June 15th. Not soon enough, eh? I was lucky enough to get my hands on a manuscript of the collection earlier this month, and what a collection it is. Not a dud in the bunch. I'll say no more till my review, which you can look forward here on The Speculative Scotsman sometime next week.
In the interim, let me turn the floor over to the esteemed Neil Gaiman:
Time to get excited, am I right?
So who's looking forward to what most? For me it was the Joe Hill and the Neil Gaiman - obviously - but I'll say this: they're great stories, but my favourites have been the surprises. The Roddy Doyle, the Al Sarrantonio, the hypnotic, Sunshine-esque Gene Wolfe entry... and so many others.
Do stay tuned!