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Neil Gaiman's 'Neverwhere' gets beautiful illustrated edition

“Neverwhere” fans hungering for another trip to London Below ahead of Neil Gaiman’s recently announced sequel have a new reason to revisit the 1996 novel.

An illustrated edition of the beloved dark fantasy hit shelves last week and takes readers on a fresh journey to that mythical world of angels, assassins and people who talk to rats.

Gaiman’s eerie, enchanting alternate London in which “Neverwhere” is set has appeared in many forms already, starting with the BBC miniseries in 1996, then the novel, and even in radio plays and on stage. But it’s a world so richly imagined and mesmerizing that it’s always worth going back.

This book contains the author’s preferred text, which melds the British and U.S. editions of the novel, alongside beautiful black-and-white illustrations by Chris Riddell.

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We see villains Croup and Vandemar looking extra sinister, the lovable feather-covered Old Bailey seeming impossibly, well, feather-covered, and the dangerous Night’s Bridge looking just as gorgeous as it is spooky.

The mysterious Rat-speakers in "Neverwhere."

The mysterious Rat-speakers in “Neverwhere.”

(© 2016 Chris Riddell)

These characters and settings are already so vividly painted by Gaiman’s words, but Riddell’s interpretation gives them a delightful twist.

This edition is a treat for longtime Gaiman fans, but it would also make for a fun introduction for first-time readers.

The illustrated “Neverwhere” is out now from William Morrow.

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Illustrations copyright © 2016 Chris Riddell, from “Neverwhere” by Neil Gaiman, illustrated by Chris Riddell.

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