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Scary Stardust Names

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Names from Stardust

By Emily Cardoza, Nothing Like a Name

For our final Halloween-themed blog, Emily Cardoza focuses on the characters in Neil Gaiman’s fantasy novel Stardust —complete with witches!

The book is an adventure story through a magical land, packed with action, romance and humor. The film version – made in 2007 – is also a great family film.

Rather than reimagine the names of the characters as I usually do, I’ll be focusing on the already-excellent names in the book (and a few from the movie).

Let’s begin!

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By Professor Don L. F. Nilsen, Arizona State University

Adult and children’s book writer (and beyond) Neil Gaiman is dear to the hearts of name lovers as the creator—or at least promoter– of the name Coraline.  But beyond that, the prolific and inventive Gaiman is a highly creative character namer.

Name expert Don L. F. Nilsen, professor at Arizona State University and former co-president of The American Name Society, offers his thoughts here on names in Gaiman’s The Graveyard Book, and we’ve added some names from other of his books as well .

Since I am a linguist who is especially interested in names, I paid particular attention to the names when I read Neil Gaiman’s The Graveyard Book.

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