You’ve got your mimosas. You’ve got your fine leather goods. How about your rare, never-before-released Neil Gaiman Stories?
The American Gods and Sandman author has teamed up with The Moth, the Comic Book Legal Defense Fund (CBLDF) and Humble Bundle to present the Humble Book Bundle: Neil Gaiman Rarities. For the next two weeks, users can pay as little as $1 to access digital copies of speeches, blogs, and stories that Gaiman has created over his decades-long career but never commercially released.
For those not in the know, Humble Bundle is a web platform that sells game, music, and book collections using a pay-what-you-want system. Users are encouraged to spend more money through the Bundle’s tier system, where paying more than the average buyer nets you additional content and paying more than a certain threshold nets you an additional level of content. In addition, customers can choose how the money they spend is distributed between product publishers, charities, and the Humble Bundle parent company.
Here is what’s currently available via this bundle:
Pay-What-You-Want ($1 and above will get you this content)
- Adventures in the Dream Trade; essays, poems, blogs, and journal entries related to the development of American Gods
- Gods and Tulips; a 1999 speech Gaiman made that was published by the CBLDF and links the rampant speculators’ market of the 90s to the “Tulip Mania” that crushed the Dutch economy in the 17th century
- Free Speeches; a CBLDF collection of comics-related speeches made by Gaiman, Frank Miller, and others
- Being An Account of the Life and Death of the Emperor Heliogabolous; a 24 hour comic and one of the few places you’ll find a story illustrated by Gaiman
- Angels and Visitations; Gaiman’s first short story collection
Pay more than the average
- Ghastly Beyond Belief; an eccentric collection of weird quotations taken from sci-fi and fantasy media, co-written by film critic Kim Newman
- Day of the Dead; Gaiman’s script for a Babylon 5 episode
- An Honest Answer & Other Stories; where Gaiman works with artists Dave McKean and Bryan Talbot to produce a collection of short comic stories
- Feeders & Eaters & Other Stories; Gaiman and Fables‘ Mark Buckingham collaborative comics anthology
- Sweeny Todd & Other Stories; Gaiman’s and artist Michael Zulli’s unfinished graphic novel adaptation of the Stephen Sondheim musical
- Neil Dreams; an anthology where artist Rick Veitch illustrates Gaiman’s dreams
- Seven Deadly Sins; a comic anthology where writers including Alan Moore tell stories about humanity’s most prolific vices. Gaiman teams up with Bryan Talbot, who also worked on Sandman, to take on Sloth
- Outrageous Tales from the Old Testament; a comics anthology based on biblical tales that features Alan Moore, Dave Gibbons, Dave McKean, Gaiman, and others
Pay more than $15
- Duran Duran; Neil Gaiman’s first-ever book, chronicaling “the First Four Years of the Fab Five”
- Manuscript Found in a Milk Bottle; a short story that Gaiman calls “his worst ever”
- Love, Fishie; poems by Gaiman and his daughter Maddy while she was a young’n and he was just turning 42
- A Little Gold Book of Ghastly Stuff; a quirky collection of short fiction originally published in 2011
As is the case with most Humble Bundles, the company has promised to add in more Gaiman rarities to the bundle next week. They’ll come free to those who purchase the bundle now (assuming you spend enough), so open up those wallets and hope they don’t scream too loud.