An eclectic mix of stories inspired by the Sandman graphic novels, penned by modern luminaries of fantasy and sci-fi. Highlights include Will Shetterly's gruesome and hysterical follow-up of the "Collectors" story arc in the original graphic novels; Delia Sherman's subtle and erotic story about wolves and Desire; and Karen Haber's nutshell battle against an impending apocalypse. With an Afterword by Tori Amos and an illustration by Clive Barker.
Like any collection featuring multiple authors, this book features some hits and some misses. Mostly hits, though! It was really interesting to see other people's takes on Gaiman's brilliant creation. There are so many ways to approach the world he created (do you write about the Endless themselves? The side characters? Is it set in reality? Or in The Dreaming? Or both?) and these stories are a good representation of the different possibilities.