Neil Gaiman’s ‘Likely Stories’ To Be Adapted By Mark Buckingham At Dark Horse

by Hannah Means Shannon

The word is out that there will be another volume adapting classic Neil Gaiman prose stories from Dark Horse, and this time Eisner-award winning creator Mark Buckingham will be bringing the stories to comics.

The volume titled Likely Stories will be published as a hardcover later this year. Buckingham, who’s best known for his long-running work on Fables, will adapt and illustrate the stories “Looking for the Girl”, “Foreign Parts”, “Closing Time”, and “Feeders and Eaters.”

Dark Horse describes these stories as “dark and imaginative tales feature an odd and subtly linked world of bizarre venereal diseases, a creepy old woman who feasts on raw meat, a man obsessed with a skin model from a magazine, and a story within a story about ghosts”.

The book will retail at $17.99 and arrive in comic shops on August 29th, 2018 and in bookstores on September 11, 2018.

Buckingham says:

Having been friends and collaborators for over thirty years, Neil Gaiman and I have worked together in a variety of different ways, from illustrating his full scripts, to our current cowriting of new Miracleman stories. However, I had never adapted any of Neil’s prose stories before, so this was an irresistible challenge. Not all of these stories were new to me. Feeders and Eaters started life as a comic strip Neil and I created for a UK publisher way back in 1990. When Neil revisited it as a prose story a few years later he added a lot of depth and richness, which opened up new narrative possibilities. Ever since then I have been eager to take another shot at it myself. So imagine my delight when Dark Horse approached me to do just that as part of the Likely Stories collection!

Likely Stories was previously adapted for television, originally airing on Sky TV before airing on Shudder in 2016. For the graphic novel adaptation, Buckingham will be working from the source material—the original prose stories, according to Dark Horse.

Buckingham says that he’s going to render the links between these stories more “cohesive” by making them a single narrative that is organized around the Diogenes club that appears in the “Closing Time” story.