Neil has some free short stories up on his site

short stories
Click on the above link if you want to read these:

“The Case of the Four and Twenty Blackbirds” by Neil Gaiman
This is a story called “The Case of Four and Twenty Blackbirds”. It was first published in 1984, in KNAVE and was my third published short story. It was reprinted in 1993 ANGELS AND VISITATIONS (although I didn’t put it into Smoke and Mirrors) and it’s been collected in anthologies a few times since then. –NG

I Cthulhu
or What’s A Tentacle-Faced Thing Like Me Doing In A Sunken City Like This (Latitude 47 ° 9’ S, Longitude 126 ° 43’ W)?

A Study in Emerald – [5.1 MB PDF file
Written by Neil Gaiman, Illustrations and Layout by Jouni Kopnen – Requires the Adobe PDF reader available at

Cinnamon was a princess, a long time ago, in a small hot country, where everything was very old. Her eyes were pearls, which gave her great beauty, but meant she was blind. Her world was the colour of pearls: pale white and pink, and softly glowing.

How To Talk To Girls At Parties
“Come on,” said Vic. “It’ll be great.” “No, it won’t,” I said, although I’d lost this fight hours ago, and I knew it. “It’ll be brilliant,” said Vic, for the hundredth time. “Girls! Girls! Girls!” He grinned with white teeth.

*rubs hands together with glee*