a study in emerald cover

I'm gonna take a leap of faith and assume most of you scanning this space have heard of Neil Gaiman, read at least one of his comics or prose stories, and probably enjoyed it immensely. I'd also wager most of you have never seen Neil in person or listened to him discussing his craft at a convention panel or book signing.

If you haven't had the pleasure of watching the enchanting Gaiman live and in person, believe me, here's the next best thing: Listening to a recording of the Sandman muse reading one of his many short stories, this time from last year's collection of Fragile Things: Short Fictions and Wonders.

Spend the better part of an hour listening to a study in emerald, Gaiman's Hugo Award winning short story, a murder mystery mix of Doyle and Lovecraft. And you can read along with Gaiman, by downloading a PDF of the text with illustrations by Jouni Kopenen from his Web site.