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Ian McShane, of Deadwood fame (and his upcoming – spoiler-heavy role – on Game of Thrones) has been announced as the actor to portray Neil Gaiman’s mysterious Mr Wednesday in the long-awaited American Gods adaptation. If this is a sign of the quality of casting yet to come, this spells very good things for the show’s future.

In other Neil Gaiman-related news, Joseph Gordon-Levitt has left the Sandman adaptation due to creative differences during production with New Line studio. The original graphic novel series, mainly released in the mid-nineties, follows the Lord of Dreams, named Morpheus, and his relationship with the other Endless (embodiments of the most powerful forces in the universe: Death, Desire, Despair, Destiny, Destruction, Delirium and Dreams)

The first images have now been released for the Tim Burton directed film version of Ransom Rigg’s spectacular book Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children. The story seemed always destined to become a Hollywood movie, and who else to helm such a bizarre and unique tale than Burton. The book’s story centred on a magical orphanage in Wales, adrift from time, home to strangely gifted youngsters. The film features, among a host of great actors, Eva Green as Miss Peregrine, the orphanage’s shape-shifting guardian, Dame Judi Dench and Asa Butterfield as the boy who stumbles across this fascinating world.Dan Simmon’s 2007 novel The Terror is coming soon to TV in a newly announced ten-episode anthology series on AMC. In 2017, the channel will air a new series based upon Simmon’s fictionalised portrayal of the doomed Franklin arctic expedition of 1845.

According to surveys of contemporary children’s books, ever since Harry Potter graced our shelves fiction books for kids have increased in length. Annually so, as it seems that such books increase by approximately eighty pages a year.

The Windham-Campbell Prize – an American English-language literary award that provides no advance announcements to its contenders prior to winners being revealed – this week informed its recipients of their wins. Tessa Hadley, the British novelist, was one of nine writers to win a $150,000 prize. That’s a whopping £107,000 each). Hadley’s most recent publication, The Past, was released in 2015.

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