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E c'era davvero qualcosa che si avvicinava dal vialetto, in direzione della casa. Lo vedevo dal binocolo, chiaro come il giorno.
Era il Diavolo.
Non avevo mai visto il Diavolo prima, e pur avendo scritto di lui in passato, se costretto avrei ammesso che non ci credevo affatto, se non come figura immaginaria, tragica e miltoniana. Ma la sagoma che si avvicinava dal vialetto non era il Lucifero di Milton. Era il Diavolo.
Il cuore cominciò a martellarmi in petto, a battere così forte da far male. Sperai che non potesse vedermi, e di essere, in una casa al buio, protetto dai vetri delle finestre, invisibile.
Nel percorrere il vialetto, la sagoma tremolava e si tramutava. Un attimo prima era scura, taurina, minotauresca, quello dopo era magra e femminea, il momento successivo ancora era lei stessa un gatto, un gatto selvatico sfregiato, enorme, grigio-verde, il volto contorto dall'odio.
Ci sono dei gradini davanti alla nostra veranda, quattro scalini bianchi di legno che necessitano di una mano di vernice; sapevo che erano bianchi, pur vedendoli verdi, come tutto il resto, attraverso il binocolo. Davanti agli scalini, il Diavolo si arrestò e gridò qualcosa che non riuscii a comprendere: tre, forse quattro parole in una lingua di mugolii e ululati, che già doveva essere perduta quando Babilonia era giovane. Sebbene non comprendessi le parole, sentii i capelli rizzarmisi in testa al suono di quella voce.
E poi udii, attutito dal vetro ma ancora udibile, un ringhio gutturale, di sfida. Lenta e malferma, una figura nera discese i gradini della casa, in direzione del Diavolo. In qui giorni Gatto Nero non aveva più le movenze di una pantera: incespicava e vacillava, come un marinaio da poco tornato sulla terraferma.


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As we age, we become our parents; live long enough and we see faces repeat in time.
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. . . I lay on the bed and lost myself in the stories.
I liked that. Books were safer than oth...
NEIL GAIMAN
Different people remember things differently, and you'll not get any two people to remember anything...
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That's the trouble with living things. Don't last very long. Kittens one day, old cats the next. And...
NEIL GAIMAN
Dolorita Hunsickle says that the chipmunks tell your fortune if you catch them but I never did. She ...
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Memories were waiting at the edges of things, beckoning to me.
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I remembered that, and, remembering that, I remembered everything.
NEIL GAIMAN
Rebirth always follows death.
NEIL GAIMAN
Being a grown up is highly over rated. Just be an author.
NEIL GAIMAN
You lived what anybody gets, Bernie. You got a lifetime. No more. No less.
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One thing I've learned: you can know anything, it's all there, you just have to find it.
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All that I did," she said, "everything I tried to do. All for nothing."

Nothing is done ...
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But he did not understand the price. Mortals never do. They only see the prize, their heart's desire...
NEIL GAIMAN
I think the short story is a very underrated art form. We know that novels deserve respect.
NEIL GAIMAN
I don't have a lot of patience for stories in which women are rescued by men.
NEIL GAIMAN
Well?" said Loki. "What about you, Heimdall? Do you have any suggestions?"
"I do," said Heimdal...
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Loki was trying to look serious, but even so, he was smiling at the corners of his mouth. It was not...
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Cease your weeping!" he said. "It is I, Loki, here to rescue you!"
Idunn glared at him with red...
NEIL GAIMAN
There are little pockets of old time in London, where things and places stay the same, like bubbles ...
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What's it like then?" asked Old Bailey. "Being dead?"
The marquis sighed. And then he twisted ...
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The boy had the towering arrogance only seen in the greatest of artists and all nine-year-old boys.
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He..." Richard began. "The marquis. Well, you know, to be honest, he seems a little bit dodgy to me....
NEIL GAIMAN
I'm going to go home. Everything is going to be normal again. Boring again. Wonderful again.
NEIL GAIMAN
Nothing, like something, happens anywhere.
NEIL GAIMAN
Writing's a lot like cooking. Sometimes the cake won't rise, no matter what you do, and every now an...
NEIL GAIMAN
If you were to try and pick him out of a group of boys, you’d be wrong. He’d be the other one. O...
NEIL GAIMAN
You know how is it when you love someone? And the hard part, the bad part, the Jerry Springer Show p...
NEIL GAIMAN
La persona más valiente que conozco, y eres mi amigo. Me importa un pimiento que seas imaginario
NEIL GAIMAN
You get what anybody gets - you get a lifetime.
NEIL GAIMAN
People talk about books that write themselves, and it's a lie. Books don't write themselves. It take...
NEIL GAIMAN
But," expostulated Josiah Worthington. "But. A human child. A living child. I mean. I mean, I mean. ...
NEIL GAIMAN
I make things up and write them down.
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M is for magic. All the letters are, if you put them together properly. You can make magic with them...
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I hope you read some fine books and kiss someone who thinks you’re wonderful, and don’t forget t...
NEIL GAIMAN
There are a number of paths that lead to this place. I have been avoiding them for some small time, ...
NEIL GAIMAN
She's as old as the hills, evil as a snake, all malevolence and magic and death.
NEIL GAIMAN
You wouldn't have to wash," said Brian, whose parents forced him to wash a great deal more than he t...
NEIL GAIMAN
Don't start anything you're not prepared to finish.
NEIL GAIMAN
In fact, the only things in the flat Crowley devoted any personal attention to were the houseplants....
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We'll win, of course," he said.
"You don't want that," said the demon.
"Why not, pray?...
NEIL GAIMAN
All Bette's stories have happy endings. That's because she knows where to stop. She's realized the r...
NEIL GAIMAN
Sister Mary chose that moment to come in with the tea. Satanist or not, she'd also found a plate and...
NEIL GAIMAN
According to my daughters, my most irritating habit is asking for cups of tea.
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I'm Jill Dumpty."
"So your brother was Humpty Dumpty?"
"And he didn't fall off that wall, ...
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You’re playing with fire,” she warned him. “That’s how I know I’m alive,
NEIL GAIMAN
Nosotros escuchábamos a los Adverts y a los Jam, a los Stranglers, los Clash y los Sex Pistols. Aun...
NEIL GAIMAN
Por muy lejos que te vayas, nunca podrás huir de ti mismo.
NEIL GAIMAN
È come quando c’è chi crede di essere felice andando a vivere da qualche altra parte, ma poi imp...
NEIL GAIMAN
7 Somewhere
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Someone had once told her that if you look up at the sky from the bottom of a mine shaft, even in th...
NEIL GAIMAN
Thank you,” said the dog.
NEIL GAIMAN
Spiders’ webs only have to be large enough to catch flies.’ Coraline
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Coraline sighed. ‘You really don’t understand, do you?’ she said. ‘I don’t want whatever I...
NEIL GAIMAN
Stay here with us,” said the voice from the figure at the end of the room. “We will listen to yo...
NEIL GAIMAN
The air was alive with yellow wasps. We must have stepped on a wasps' nest in a rotten branch as we ...
NEIL GAIMAN
In the flat above Coraline’s, under the roof, was a crazy old man with a big mustache. He told Cor...
NEIL GAIMAN
I don’t want whatever I want. Nobody does. Not really. What kind of fun would it be if I just got ...
NEIL GAIMAN
You people have names. That's because you don't know who you are. We know who we are, so we don't ne...
NEIL GAIMAN
It was true: the other mother loved her. But she loved Coraline as a miser loves money, or a dragon ...
NEIL GAIMAN
Coraline's father stopped working and made them all dinner.

Coraline was disgusted. "Dadd...
NEIL GAIMAN
She said, ‘You know that I love you.’ And, despite herself, Coraline nodded. It was true: the ot...
NEIL GAIMAN
Coraline wondered why so few of the adults she had met made any sense. She sometimes wondered who th...
NEIL GAIMAN
No one had hugged her like that since she had retired from the theater.
NEIL GAIMAN
Cats don't have shoulders, not like people do. But the cat shrugged, in one smooth movement that sta...
NEIL GAIMAN
Realmente no lo entiendes, ¿verdad?. No quiero tener todo lo que deseo. Nadie lo quiere, no de verd...
NEIL GAIMAN
It wasn’t brave because he wasn’t scared: it was the only thing he could do. But going back agai...
NEIL GAIMAN
It seemed to Coraline that it was crouching, and staring down at her, as if it were not really a hou...
NEIL GAIMAN
Coraline went over to the window and watched the rain come down. It wasn't the kind of rain you coul...
NEIL GAIMAN
It was true: the other mother loved her. But she loved Coraline as a miser loves money, or a dragon ...
NEIL GAIMAN
How big are souls anyway?" asked Coraline.
The other mother sat down at the kitchen table and l...
NEIL GAIMAN
Oh ... My twitchy witchy girl I think you are so nice, I give you bowls of porridge And I give you b...
NEIL GAIMAN
But how can you walk away from something and still come
back to it?"
"Easy," said the cat....
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o non voglio tutto ciò che desidero. Nessuno lo vuole. Non veramente. Che divertimento sarebbe, se ...
NEIL GAIMAN
Coraline’s father stopped working and made them all dinner. Coraline was disgusted. “Daddy,” s...
NEIL GAIMAN
Coraline tried drawing the mist. After ten minutes of drawing she still had a white sheet of paper w...
NEIL GAIMAN
Small world," said Coraline. "It's big enough for her," said the cat. "Spiders' webs only have to be...
NEIL GAIMAN
Cats don’t have names,” it said.

“No?” said Coraline.

“No,” said t...
NEIL GAIMAN
Old but contented, the face of a man who had sipped life’s vinegar and found it, by and large, to ...
NEIL GAIMAN
Sometimes I suspect that we build our traps ourselves, then we back into them, pretending amazement ...
NEIL GAIMAN
Charitably... I think... sometimes, perhaps, one must change or die. And, in the end, there were, pe...
NEIL GAIMAN
I believe [...] that while all human life is sacred there’s nothing wrong with the death pe...
NEIL GAIMAN
If an eagle gives you a feather, keep it safe.
Remember: that giants sleep too soundly; that NEIL GAIMAN
What I say is, a town isn’t a town without a bookstore. It may call itself a town, but unless it...
NEIL GAIMAN
Fair enough,” said Thor. “What’s the price?” “Freya’s hand in marriage.” “He just wa...
NEIL GAIMAN
It would have been hard for Fat Charlie to say exactly when the accumulation of birds on the wire me...
NEIL GAIMAN
I believe in absolute honesty and sensible social lies.
NEIL GAIMAN
You have to believe. Otherwise, it will never happen.
NEIL GAIMAN
In a perfect world, you could fuck people without giving them a piece of your heart. And every glitt...
NEIL GAIMAN
Honestly, if you're given the choice between Armageddon or tea, you don't say 'what kind of tea?
NEIL GAIMAN
She sat down on one of her grandmother's uncomfortable armchairs, and the cat sprang up into her lap...
NEIL GAIMAN
The cat wrinkled its nose and managed to look unimpressed. "Calling cats," it confided, "tends to be...
NEIL GAIMAN
The world seemed to shimmer a little at the edges.
NEIL GAIMAN
Oh- my twitchy witchy girl
I think you are so nice,
I give you bowls of porridge
And ...
NEIL GAIMAN
Nothing’s changed. You’ll go home. You’ll be bored. You’ll be ignored. No one will listen to...
NEIL GAIMAN
I am the mother of Odin's stallion, Sleipnir. I am the father of Fenrir Sun-Eater, and of Hel Half-R...
NEIL GAIMAN
We do what we do, because of who we are. If we did otherwise, we would not be ourselves.
NEIL GAIMAN
Have you ever been in love? Horrible isn't it? It makes you so vulnerable. It opens your chest and i...
NEIL GAIMAN
You're a poem?' I repeated.

She chewed her lower lip. 'If you want. I am a poem, or I am ...
NEIL GAIMAN
We...we could be friends.'

We COULD be rare specimens of an exotic breed of dancing Afric...
NEIL GAIMAN
What's your name,' Coraline asked the cat. 'Look, I'm Coraline. Okay?'
'Cats don't have names,'...
NEIL GAIMAN
Anyway: I'm not blessed or merciful. I'm just me. I've got a job to do and I do it. Listen: even as ...
NEIL GAIMAN
When you smiled you had my undivided attention. When you laughed you had my urge to laugh with you. ...
NEIL GAIMAN
To love is to risk not being loved in return. To hope is to risk pain. To try is to risk failure, bu...
NEIL GAIMAN
Love comes to those who still hope even though they've been disappointed, to those who still believe...
NEIL GAIMAN
Adventures are all very well in their place, but there's a lot to be said for regular meals and free...
NEIL GAIMAN
My guiltiest pleasure is Harry Stephen Keeler. He may have been the greatest bad writer America has ...
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