|The Sandman Book of Dreams|
ed. Neil Gaiman
Date: 01 August, 1996 — Book
Fiction, Fantasy/Horror, Short Stories
(For some reason I can't get the paperback version to pop up; this is available for sale new.)
The Sandman series of graphic novels has inspired much in art and comics and writing. This book is a collection or short stories set in the world that Sandman created. Some of the stories are simple tales based on some of the characters, such as one that follows the rise of love as a romantic construct, and others rely upon knowledge of the series, such as one that alludes to events of Preludes and Nocturnes. One writer revives Little Nemo, Windsor McCay's child whose full-page comics dealt with dreams, and another twists a story that was already horrifying into further terror.
The writers involved are well known to the fantasy and horror set, and the stories are neat little bites of Gaiman's universe. It is well worth the while for any fan of Gaiman's work to check it out, because though he does not write the stories within, each writer illuminates another facet of the creation.