If Ideas Had Shapes

A quoteblog ranging from philosophers in bathrobes to galaxy-rises

Category: Short Story

Neil Gaiman – Trigger Warning (2015)

“…And I’m having a hot bath. Otherwise I’ll catch my death.”

Shadow imagined reaching out his hand and catching death in it, like a baseball, and he shivered.

“Black Dog”

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Neil Gaiman – Trigger Warning (2015)

It was one of the things he liked about the British: even when they wanted to know what was happening on the inside, they did not ask. The world on the inside remained the world on the inside.

“Black Dog”

Neil Gaiman – Trigger Warning (2015)

Outside the pub it was raining cats and dogs.
Shadow was still not entirely convinced that he was in a pub.

“Black Dog”

Neil Gaiman – Trigger Warning (2015)

…The new mother did not like the girl and treated her badly, always favoring her own daughter, who was indolent and rude. One day, her stepmother gave the girl, who was only eighteen, twenty dollars to buy her drugs. “Don’t stop on the way,” she said.

So the girl…

“Diamonds and Pearls: A Fairy Tale”

Neil Gaiman – Trigger Warning (2015)

He said, “Could be anyone. The Kin. I mean…it’s like calling yourselves the People. It’s what pretty much every race-name means. Except for Dalek. That means Metal-Cased Hatey Death Machines in Skaronian.”

“Nothing O’Clock”

Neil Gaiman – Trigger Warning (2015)

“I suppose you must be looking forward to them sorting all this out,” he said. “Erm. The Palestinian situation. The politics.”

She shrugged. “It doesn’t matter to Jerusalem,” she said. “The people come. The people believe. Then they kill each other, to prove that God loves them.”

“You should be glad there is no Jerusalem where you come from.”

“Jerusalem”

Neil Gaiman – Trigger Warning (2015)

Better to have flamed in the darkness, to have inspired others, to have lived, than to have sat in the darkness, cursing the people who borrowed, but did not return, your candle.

“The Man Who Forgot Ray Bradbury”

Neil Gaiman – Trigger Warning (2015)

Sometimes when the words go away I can find them by creeping up on them from another direction.

“The Man Who Forgot Ray Bradbury”

Neil Gaiman – Trigger Warning (2015)

I do believe that I made every mistake that ever a novice beekeeper could or has ever made, and in addition, due to my investigations, an entire hiveful of mistakes that no beekeeper has ever made before, or shall, I trust, ever make again.

“The Case of Death and Honey” (written from the perspective of Sherlock Holmes)

Neil Gaiman – Trigger Warning (2015)

Several days later, it was returned to me by a taxi driver who had found it on the pavement outside the café. He told me my mother had appeared to him in a dream and given him my address and her recipe for old-fashioned cheesecake.

September tale, “A Calendar of Tales”