MVPs of Horror: Neil Gaiman on 'Coraline,' 'Sandman,' and more

Neil Gaiman isn't exactly a horror author but much of his work include moments, if not extended passages, of horror.

The acclaimed author spoke to Yahoo Entertainment about crafting scares and how re-reading his own material managed to disturb even him.

He said that "Coraline," his 2002 novella that was adapted into a film in 2009, "is pure horror for adults, [for] the kids, it's adventure."

From the adult perspective he explained, "They're reading a story about a child in danger and a child in danger from the things that they had tried to forget about their childhoods."

He recalled how after publishing the shocking "Sandman" story "24 hours," readers would tell him how disturbed they were.


"People would come up to me and say, 'Hey, Sandman six, 24 hours. It's really disturbing," Gaiman said. "And I would say, 'yes, it is. And you know what? You got to read it in 25 minutes. And it took me three weeks of living there to write it.'"