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"A study in Emerald"

The Plot
Thursday, June 12, 2014
Vol XCIII, No. 311
10 November, 1960
Hampshire, UK
Neil Gaiman
Symbols & Ironies
A Study in Emerald
Fiction: Crime & Mystery
Detective (Sherlock Holmes)
Science Fiction
British Empire - Colonization
Book reviews & Interviews

was published in Imagine Magazine in May 1984

Duran-Duran biography
in 1984
Comics & Screenwriting

Swamp Thing
's by Alan Moore fresh approach inspired him to create comics

His re-written
became 1st comic to receive a literary award (World Fantasy Award)

Key Characters
The narrator
The friend (Detective)
Mr. Sherry Vernet
Inspector Lestrade
The Limping Doctor
Prince Franz Drago of Bohemia
Queen Victoria
Prince Albert

Writing Career
Story as a symbol
Author's effort to bring awareness around War in Afghanistan in 2003
The Old Ones - leaders of the Western World
Restorationists - terrorists who are willing to stop Western leaders
The narrator
Comics & Screenwriting
Symbols in Story:
Red Moon - occurred bloodshed
Smoking pipe - thinking
The Detective
His reputation
Queen - creature from Lovecraft world
2 series for
Marvel Comics

Two-part series for Batman (
DC Comics

Screenplays for
Dr. Who, Beowulf
Green ichor - victim is not human
Internal conflict: The narrator feeling useless
External conflict: Too much mystery
The note
J. R. R. Tolkien
Allusions to Conan Doyle:
The murdered Prince being Bohemian references "A Scandal in Bohemia"
Stephen King
"The Dynamics of an Asteroid", written by Professor J.Moriarty, is first mentioned in "The Valley of Fear"
C. S. Lewis
Title "Study in Emerald" alludes to Sherlock Holmes story "A Study in Scarlet"
Writes books for
all ages

His works do not remain true to
any genre

Likes mixing genres which seem to be incompatible

#1 top selling author
according NY Times

Numerous prestigious
international awards
The Plot Graph
1) Royals are showed as creatures from other world
2) "There are many ears in the city" said friend being outside, and not another word was spoken until they had hailed a cab.
3) Lestrade: "He was here for holidays and change of a air".
Friend: "For theaters, the whores and the gaming tables, you mean"
His job
What do you think was the detective main motivation?
What was the name of the comic, that received the "
Fantasy World Award
" as Best Short Story?
What do you think
happens next?
What was a symbol of
not human creatures
in a story?
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