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    Updated on Sep 2, 2020. Posted on Nov 3, 2016

    Here Are The Stunning New Illustrations For Neil Gaiman's “American Gods”

    We spoke to artist Daniel Egnéus about his designs for Neil Gaiman's American Gods Quartet.

    Neil Gaiman's modern classic American Gods will soon be arriving on TV screens, and to celebrate, there's a new edition of the book with cover art and illustrations by Daniel Egnéus.

    Daniel Egnéus / Headline Books

    Also getting gorgeous new editions are the other books in the American Gods QuartetAnansi Boys, and two novellas, The Monarch of the Glen and Black Dog.

    Daniel Egnéus / Headline Books

    American Gods and Anansi Boys have new illustrations at the beginning of each chapter, while The Monarch of the Glen and Black Dog are illustrated throughout.

    Daniel Egnéus / Headline Books

    Egnéus told BuzzFeed: "I've always wanted to illustrate Neil's stories so I was very surprised and incredibly happy when Headline approached me."

    Daniel Egnéus / Headline Books

    American Gods

    "I knew his books very well, everything from Sandman, and American Gods to the short stories."

    Daniel Egnéus / Headline Books

    American Gods

    "I have always felt an affinity with the mystery, the horror and the magic of his visions."

    Daniel Egnéus / Headline Books

    Anansi Boys

    "I saw this as an opportunity to add my perspective, to give it a visual darkness and attention to detail... a camera in the charnel house."

    Daniel Egnéus / Headline Books
    Daniel Egnéus / Headline Books

    Black Dog & Monarch of the Glen.

    "I had already figured out a lot of things in my head years before, especially for Anansi Boys."

    Daniel Egnéus / Headline

    Anansi Boys

    "And the character Shadow, who is such a vague but great and deep character, I even felt I didn't need to make him look the same in all drawings."

    Daniel Egnéus / Headline Books

    The Monarch of the Glen

    "I've never had so much artistic freedom as with this project. Both Gaiman and Headline left me with free hands."

    Daniel Egnéus / Headline

    Black Dog

    "Perhaps American Gods felt a bit daunting to illustrate. I didn't want to include cars or road movie elements."

    Daniel Egnéus / Headline Books

    American Gods

    "The last drawing when Shadow goes under the ice was a tribute to the suicide scene in Jack London's Martin Eden."

    Daniel Egnéus / Headline Books

    American Gods

    The American Gods Quartet is out now in the UK.

    For more of Daniel's work you can find him on Facebook and Twitter, or you can visit danielegneus.com.

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