Trigger Warning

Trigger Warning

Short Fictions and Disturbances

Large Print - 2015
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Multiple award winning, #1 New York Times bestselling author Neil Gaiman returns to dazzle, captivate, haunt, and entertain with this third collection of short fiction following Smoke and Mirrors and Fragile Things--which includes a never-before published American Gods story, "Black Dog," written exclusively for this volume.

In this new anthology, Neil Gaiman pierces the veil of reality to reveal the enigmatic, shadowy world that lies beneath. Trigger Warning includes previously published pieces of short fiction--stories, verse, and a very special Doctor Who story that was written for the fiftieth anniversary of the beloved series in 2013--as well "Black Dog," a new tale that revisits the world of American Gods, exclusive to this collection.

Trigger Warning explores the masks we all wear and the people we are beneath them to reveal our vulnerabilities and our truest selves. Here is a rich cornucopia of horror and ghosts stories, science fiction and fairy tales, fabulism and poetry that explore the realm of experience and emotion. In Adventure Story--a thematic companion to The Ocean at the End of the Lane--Gaiman ponders death and the way people take their stories with them when they die. His social media experience A Calendar of Tales are short takes inspired by replies to fan tweets about the months of the year--stories of pirates and the March winds, an igloo made of books, and a Mother's Day card that portends disturbances in the universe. Gaiman offers his own ingenious spin on Sherlock Holmes in his award-nominated mystery tale The Case of Death and Honey. And Click-Clack the Rattlebag explains the creaks and clatter we hear when we're all alone in the darkness.

A sophisticated writer whose creative genius is unparalleled, Gaiman entrances with his literary alchemy, transporting us deep into the realm of imagination, where the fantastical becomes real and the everyday incandescent. Full of wonder and terror, surprises and amusements, Trigger Warning is a treasury of delights that engage the mind, stir the heart, and shake the soul from one of the most unique and popular literary artists of our day.

Publisher: New York : HarperLuxe, an imprint of HarperCollinsPublishers, ©2015.
Edition: Large print edition.
ISBN: 9780062369741
Characteristics: xlix, 442 pages ;,23 cm

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bhmwortman Oct 22, 2015

Neil Gaiman's latest collection of short stories is a fascinating mix of stories. Many of the tales are that delightful style of story Gaiman excels at in which everything appears normal initially but as you read there's a growing sense of something wrong until you finish the story thoroughly cre... Read More »


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Linyarai
Apr 07, 2020

I really enjoyed this collection, all the stories were quite different and most I had never read before.

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dkkelley
Dec 21, 2019

Some very good stories and some Sci-fi and fantasy that I didn’t enjoy.

ArapahoeMaryA Jul 26, 2019

Creative and quirky collection of fantasy, horror and dark humor. Two standout stories: Orange and The Man Who Forgot Ray Bradbury.

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KBN2
Jun 29, 2019

I very much enjoyed this book. While for the most part the stories are simply summer-type reading, there is one story on dementia (The Man Who Forgot Ray Bradbury) that is absolutely beautiful. Four stars for the book overall, but five stars for that story.

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ProblemPatcher
Jun 04, 2019

Neil Gaiman does amazing work with his short story collection “Trigger Warnings”. Carrying a variety of ideas within the stories he does a stunning job making real connections with each of the readers on one topic. From aliens taking over to modern fairy tales Neil Gaiman once again adds a dark pull to each story that makes them even more entertaining. The real gem of this collection are “The Sleeper and the Spindle” a clever take on sleeping beauty that changes the common perception of the iconic story in a way that empowers the readers. If you follow Neil Gaiman’s work there is also follow up on two of his other stories, Doctor who and American Gods, in the collection. Narrated by Neil Gaiman himself it makes a wonderful story to listen to before bed. But only if you are not of faint of heart.

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Mbussey
Aug 25, 2018

There were some stories that gave me chills, others that bored me. Overall I found the style of writing to be enjoyable, as with all of Gaimans works.

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LucasHill
Jul 29, 2018

I didn't get the thrills and chills, not to mention the triggers the author suggests I would get in his introduction. I acknowledge that Gaiman is an above average writer - I'm making my way through Sandman and I've read Neverwhere, The Ocean at the End of the Lane, and American Gods, and I've only been intrigued by Sandman - so maybe I'm missing something.

Quirky, intriguing, frightening, clever, disturbing. Often justice is served, just not as one might expect, but so well told! My fave, The Sleeper and the Spindle, a coolly updated spin on Sleeping Beauty.

Kris--Pt. Roberts

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BJune10
Jun 08, 2017

Neil Gaiman is a master storyteller. The short stories in this novel had me completely entrigued until I turned the last page. Carefully weaved tales are sure to entangle you in their twists and turns. From Love Letters to Doctor Who, Gaiman covers it all using dark twists, sure to keep you up past midnight.
Though the novel had several dark twists designed shock the reader, I was not frightened by short stories finding it entriguing rather than frightening. If you are sensitive to dark plot twists in novels, I would suggest not reading this book.

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goddessbeth
Sep 10, 2016

Neil Gaiman could write an instruction manual for an IKEA bookcase and I'd probably love it. But that said, this was everything I hoped it would be. Gaiman has a delicious way of utilizing language and expectation to create truly disturbing, thought-provoking, and unique things. This anthology contains both short stories (of varying length) and poetry. Some are familiar, some are new (to me, anyway). Some were disturbing, some were amusing, all were entertaining and a joy to read.

I've found it rare to encounter an author who is as good with full-length novels as short stories, considering the very different styles each requires. But Gaiman's masterful art of wordplay really supports his talent with these short stories. Each one has a 'how it came to be' story in the prologue, which was fascinating. Of all of them, The Man Who Forgot Ray Bradbury was the most deeply personal. Not creepy at all, but it felt like reading my own inner self (only, more poetic). I don't know that I've ever read something so intimate it felt like I wrote it, before. And I can't help thinking I would LOVE to hear Neil read it- what luck, he narrates the audiobook version of Trigger Warning! Also: there was not a single story or poem in here that was forgettable or 'meh'.

Whether you like classic horror, or Doctor Who, or fairytale retellings, or novellas tied into longer works of fiction, or dark fantasy, or poetry, or folktales, or musings, there will be something in here for you. Probably multiple somethings. I highly recommend this collection.

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Aug 25, 2018

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ArapahoeMaryA Jul 25, 2019

I am not scared of bad people," he says, "of wicked evildoers, of monsters and creatures of the night. The people who scare me are the ones who are certain of their own rightness.

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Mbussey
Aug 25, 2018

“We are all wearing masks. That is what makes us interesting.”
“You seem all normal and quiet on the surface. But you are so much weirder than I am, and I am, extremely, fucking, weird.”
“I remember Icarus. He flew too close to the sun. In the stories, though, it’s worth it. Always worth it to have tried, even if you fail, even if you fall like a meteor forever. 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.”

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Carina_Cakewalk
Sep 01, 2016

Frightening or Intense Scenes: Of the 3 stories I tried, I found them too scary to finish.

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