BRIDGET WHELAN writer

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The Thin White Duke – read Neil Gaiman’s short story

night sky

Instead of the usual Sunday quote about writing, I found this short story from Neil Gaiman, the author and graphic novelist. He published The Return of the Thin White Duke on his website last week.
He describes it as ‘unabashedly fan fiction‘. He never met David Bowie. ‘I only had one hero left, and it was him. The nearest I came to it was meaning to send him a copy of Trigger Warning, with this story in it, and an apologetic note.’

It’s an ‘origin’ story in that it explains where the Duke came from….

The Return of the Thin White Duke

He was the monarch of all he surveyed, even when he stood out on the palace balcony at night listening to reports and he glanced up into the sky at the bitter twinkling clusters and whorls of stars. He ruled the worlds. He had tried for so long to rule wisely, and well, and to be a good monarch, but it is hard to rule, and wisdom can be painful.

Read the rest HERE

photo credit: Airglow via photopin (license)

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3 comments on “The Thin White Duke – read Neil Gaiman’s short story

  1. Glen Donaldson
    January 17, 2016

    With regard to David Bowie and his passing I am compelled to wheel out the old cliche cart (literary yum cha) and remark ,”They don’t make ’em like that any more.”
    Well done Neil Gaiman.

    • bridget whelan
      January 17, 2016

      Ah, Glen but ‘they’ never did make people like him. He was always different, special…

  2. Gail
    January 18, 2016

    Bowie apart, not that he will ever truly be that, N.G. invariably strikes to the heart. A perfect gateway to my week, thanks for unlatching it, Bridget.

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