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15th-Mar-2012 06:39 am The Sentinel/Sandman (G)
Title: Oxygen Deprivation, or An Visione by Helvirago
Pairing: none
Length: 2K
Author on LJ: [ profile] helvirago
Author Website: unknown

Why this must be read: Because it’s kind of sweet and crazy and a nice missing scene. I’ll let you figure out which episode.

I just love Yuletide because I get to read (and learn about) fandoms I’d never come across any other way. So imagine my surprised pleasure when I found Blair playing around in a 2003 Yuletide fic. Well, not exactly playing; more like wandering around in a realm that is confusing the hell out of him. Understandable, since he’s having a close encounter with Delirium:

First impressions are always so important! )

PsychGirl recommended a Sandman cross a couple of years ago but it’s still a very tiny fandom. I’m happy to have found another one in this (to me) incomprehensible but interesting universe. Enjoy.

Oxygen Deprivation, or An Visione

Feedback makes the world go ‘round. Giving some will make you and the author feel great!
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15th-Oct-2011 11:42 am Death in Antarctica by Raven Aorla (T)
Characters: Adrian, Death
Length: ~1000
Author on LJ: Unknown
Author Website: Author's fic on FFN
Why this must be read: This is part of the author's excellent "Death Through the Fandoms" series, and it's a smart, beautifully written little fic in which Death pays Adrian a visit after Dan and Laurie have left Karnak, and offers him a choice. Both of their voices are spot on, and it's funny as well as intriguing and affecting,

Death in Antarctica
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15th-Sep-2011 11:31 am Emrys by misswinterhill (PG-13)
Fandom: MERLIN/Sandman
Pairing: Merlin/Arthur
Length: 2,800
Author on LJ: [ profile] misswinterhill
Author Website: On lj
Warnings: Temporary character death
Why this must be read:

[ profile] misswinterhill is justly known for some great fic, but I am a particular fan of this little gem - I think it captures all of the Endless brilliantly, but so subtly that you would scarcely believe it's a crossover. Merlin and Arthur too, in a canon setting this time, are beautifully drawn, with Arthur's grief the more poignant for its understatedness. But don't worry, this isn't a proper angst fic, there's a lot of hope too, and wonderful cameos - for example, Gwaine and Delirium drinking together is an image that always makes me smile.

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15th-Sep-2011 10:15 am Damnation by Telanu (PG-13)
Fandom: Petshop of Horrors / Sandman
Pairing: D/Leon
Length: ~5000 words
Author on LJ: [ profile] somniesperus
Author Website: Here
Why this must be read: This fic is responsible for ever getting me to read Sandman in the first place -- though you don't really need to know it to enjoy the story. It's achingly sad and deliciously creepy at the same time, and meshes the two canons together brilliantly.

Excerpt )

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15th-Jun-2011 02:27 pm Season of Mists by lookninjas (R)
Character(s)/Pairing(s): Gwen, Jack, John Hart, Andy, Rhys, Ianto, OCs, Various Whoverse Characters, Dream of the Endless; Canon Pairings
Length: ~49 000 words.
Author on LJ: [ profile] lookninjas
Author Website: [ profile] ninjasnano
Why this must be read:

Two years after Children of Earth, John Hart shows up with evidence that Ianto is alive and held prisoner by a research project who are very interested in his sudden inability to stay dead.

Cue a rescue mission and an interesting mystery involving vivid dreams, The Year That Never Was, and some twisty temporal shenanigans.

Season of Mists
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15th-Feb-2011 12:41 pm DC Universe (Lucifer & Sandman)/X-Files (NC-17)
Title: Devil to Pay by John Blonde
Pairing: Lucifer/Fox Mulder
Author on LJ: unknown (let me know if you happen to know)
Author Website: Pandoemonium (Let me know if this author has a more recent website, please.)
Why this must be read:
This author's writing is exquisite. We get sensuous details of Mulder's enjoyment of a meal at a restaurant in New Orleans (if you are familiar with the comics series Lucifer, which was a spinoff of the insanely popular Sandman series and a flagship comic for the DC imprint Vertigo, you'll know WHICH restaurant I am talking about), along with the ambiance of the place... and a certain piano player. The sex is hot and epic, Mulder's reactions are bittersweet and perfect, and Mazikeen is just as fabulously scary as she should be.

I highly recommend checking out this author's other stories, particularly his Hellblazer crossover series (which can be found on the website linked above). Please note that this story is most of a decade old, so if it has been recommended before here I am really sorry... but it deserves to be recommended twice, so there! (I'm finding it really difficult to look back through all of the Memories and Tags for this fandom in this community. Also, I keep getting distracted reading fic. LOL)

Devil to Pay
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15th-Nov-2010 06:22 pm Bandom/Sandman: Under the Twinkle of a Fading Star, by nokomis305. (PG-13)
Pairing: Gen; My Chemical Romance
Length: ~ 2,300 words
Author on LJ: [ profile] nokomis305
Author websites: Their fanfiction masterlist.

Why this must be read: I have a soft spot for stories that deal with the time at the Paramour.
I love how the story crosses over with Sandman, and how the two fandoms blend together, how everything fits with what we know about them. The atmosphere is so soft and creepy and strange and dreamlike.
I really like Gerard's pov, and how he tries to deal with what is happening.

Here At The Right Time

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15th-Jul-2010 09:04 pm A Virtuous Woman by pandarus (PG)
Fandom: Supernatural/Lucifer
Pairing: Sam/Ruby, Ruby/Lucifer
Length: 2k
Author on LJ: [ profile] pandarus
Author Website: n/a
Why this must be read: So, ever since the apocalypse storyline got started on Supernatural, it was just begging for a crossover with Mike Carey's Lucifer. The sheer awesomeness of this fic might be a bit lost if you're not familiar with either Lucifer or Neil Gaiman's Sandman, but even if you aren't, check it out for the great characterization of Ruby.

A Virtuous Woman
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25th-Jun-2010 09:35 pm Stones and Stars by toscas-kiss (G)
Sorry, guys, I'm running a bit behind, but I'll try to cram in some more recs!

Pairing: Methos/ Alexa
Length: short one-shot
Author on LJ: [ profile] toscas_kiss
Author Website: Tosca's Kiss
Why this must be read: Methos at Stonehenge, in the time of gods; Methos in a hotel room, loving Alexa for her humanity. Like all the best Methos fic this reminds you simultaneously that Methos isn't ordinary, and that he is.

Stones and Stars
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15th-Sep-2009 01:47 pm Watchmen/Sandman (PG)
Title: Choices by Aldrian Kyrrith
Chracters: Dr. Manhattan, Death
Author on LJ: [ profile] aldrian_kyrrith
Author Website: None.
Why this must be read:

"God exists and he's American."

And yet Dr. Manhattan, though he is powerful, is just as flawed as any of the other characters in the Watchmen cast. When he meets Death in this fic, she takes the opportunity to point it out. Although the fic is serious, with some philosophical discussion and a little bit of scolding, it's also just two people having a chat. The easy flow of the conversation is what really draws me. The fic itself is somewhat short at around 1600 words, so do give it a read. It's really quite charming.

Excerpt: She smiles, despite herself, “I must say, I am always a bit gratified to hear such sentiments on the matter: far too many people fear the eternal mystery. Still, there is nothing wrong with the desire to live. Survival has brought your species to the point where it can birth gods.”

“Destiny has brought humanity to that point,” he corrects her. “Everything else is an illusion.”

She pauses, but dismisses the notion immediately. “If that is so, how can you explain our meeting? If you can see everything, understand everything, why am I a stranger?”

Jon has no answer to that question.

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15th-May-2009 11:07 pm Black and Blue by Izhilza (K+)
Pairing: none, gen
Length: ~1,200 words
Author on LJ: [ profile] izhilzha
Author Website: her page on
Why this must be read:

Due to its premise, The Sentinel tends to get crossed over a lot with military or cop-type shows (SG-1, Mag7, Pros, S&H). I'm always on the lookout for interesting and novel crossovers in this fandom, and this lovely, heartrending piece certainly fits the bill. Jim visits the blue jungle, where he is greeted by a unexpected but compelling visitor.


"The thing sitting next to the jaguar is utterly strange; pure white skin and rich satin black untouched by blue. It’s a girl, he thinks. Her luminous hand scratches comfortably behind the jaguar’s ears, and its purr shakes the air. Before he can decide what this means, or draw his bow to shoot his enemy down, she glances in his direction. “Hi, Jim.”"

Black and Blue
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15th-Nov-2008 04:52 pm Supernatural/Sandman (pg-13)
Oh, man, I love crossovers - they're one of my favorite things about fandom - so it was really hard to choose just one to rec today. It's a dirty job, but someone's gotta do it.

Title: Harvester of Eyes by [ profile] gwendolyngrace
Pairing: none; pre-series gen
Length: ~26K words
Author on LJ: [ profile] gwendolyngrace
Author Website: fic tag on LJ
Why this must be read:

This is a fantastic pre-series casefile that takes one of the scariest characters in the Sandman universe - the nightmare serial killer the Corinthian - and sets him loose inside the world of Supernatural. Sam and Dean fall through one of the soft places of the world to land in the Dreaming, and John, terrified for his missing boys, picks up the Corinthian's trail.

"Harvester of Eyes" is tightly plotted, suspenseful, and makes excellent use of the way the Sandman mythos fits in with the SPN cosmology. (It helps that Eric Kripke is a self-professed Gaiman fanboy.)

an excerpt )

You don't need to know anything about Sandman to enjoy the story, but if you do, it's even better. And don't forget to let the author know if you enjoy it!

Harvester of Eyes by [ profile] gwendolyngrace

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15th-Nov-2008 03:23 am Nights of Endless Conversations by Fahye (PG)
Pairing: Gen
Length: 3,026 words
Author on LJ: [ profile] mercurial_wit
Author Website: just the LJ
Why this must be read: The idea is simple: The Endless come to visit Serenity for an evening. But the very best crossovers take the canons they come from and weave them together so seamlessly that it seems not only right but inevitable that this crossover should exist; they use that marriage of 'verses to illuminate the bones of truth and meaning underlying the surface of both stories. And this? Is an excellent example of just such a crossover. Imagine that, and now throw in well-paced, elegantly dramatic scenes and absolutely beautiful, powerful dialogue, and you'll have a clear picture of this story.

Nights of Endless Conversations
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15th-Oct-2008 04:01 pm Sandman/RPF (Teen)
Title: Chiaroscuro
Pairing: Death/Gerard Way
Length: 731 words
Author on LJ: [ profile] athenejen
Author Website: ???
Why this must be read:

Because, aside from the sheer undiluted crack factor of doing a Sandman-RPF story, and especially with Gerard Way who is a huge and unabashed fan of Sandman? [ profile] athenejen avoids the trap that so many fall into of treating Death as this cute little gothchik. Gerard Way is on the rooftop with a force of nature and neither he, nor you, are allowed to forget that.

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17th-Sep-2008 12:38 pm Babylon 5/Sandman (PG)
Title: Presences, by Selena
Pairing: None beyond mentions of canon pairings
Author on LJ: [ profile] selenak
Author Website: Selena's stories on
Why this must be read:

This is one of those ideas that begs to be written: Londo Mollari meets each of the Endless at different moments in his life.

Suddenly, he wondered whether a Keeper would have been waiting for Cartagia if the mad Emperor had not been... removed first. Whether he could wish that thing even on Cartagia, whom he had hated.

"He was one of mine," said a young female voice, "but I didn't like him very much."

Londo looked up in disbelief. Nobody should have been able to get past the guards, and certainly not the person he saw. It was a young girl, so young, in fact, that she had not yet shaved her head. Her wild, red hair was unbraided and uncovered. She wore a tattered dress that could have been beautiful once upon a time, but now looked as if it had been stitched together out of a thousand silken rags. She sat on the desk where the heads had rested, revealing legs covered by stockings that were full of holes and stitches as well. Her eyes wandered vaguely around the room before settling on him again, and he noticed they were of two different colours, one green and one blue.

She clapped her hands together and beamed at him. "I knew I'd get to play with you, too. All the others did. Have you seen my doggie?"


I apologize profusely for posting this after crossover day, but I simply didn't have computer access on the 15th.
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30th-Dec-2006 04:34 pm the boy who gave away his birthday by Mary Borsellino (PG)
Pairing: Dream/OMC
Author on lj: [ profile] monkeycrackmary
Author Website: Ink Stigmata
Why this fic must be read:

This is, quite possibly, my favorite Sandman fic. On one level it's simply a "what next?" post-series story; on another, it's a facinating look at how Dream has changed and how the rest of the Endless have changed with him. (Like Despair! I love her part in this fic.) Everything in this story weaves into canon so seemlessly that I sometimes forget it never actually appeared in comic form. And for those who shy away from fic with original characters, please, don't shy away from this one--if Chris Walker had appeared in the actual series he may well have been one of my favorite characters. He's boyish and smart, and all around a delightful character to meet. This whole story is, quite simply, great.

the boy who gave away his birthday
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29th-Dec-2006 03:07 pm Trick by Twi (PG)
Pairing: none
Author on lj: [ profile] mydarkstar
Author Website: Twi's Fan Fiction
Why this fic must be read:

This is a really lovely interlude with an introspective Desire, thinking about Dream. I've always been facinated by Desire because s/he is so...mysterious. And this fic really caputres that elusiveness, that otherness. I love how it categorizes Desire's schemes, which, in the series, were always portrayed in a negative light. This shows Desire's perspective on his plots and, if it doesn't excuse them, it at least gives them a context.

Also, the last few lines kill me, each time.

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27th-Dec-2006 12:58 pm 'All Hearts, Which I By Lacking' by Ellen Fremedon (R)
Pairing: Hob Gadling/Dream
Author on lj: [ profile] ellen_fremedon
Author Website: Ellen Fremedon's Fanfic
Why the fic must be read:

This story is a bit quiet, a bit understated, but deceptively so: everything from Hob's insistance that he is Dream's friend, to his attempts to reassure Dream that, yes, Dream has changed are wonderfully and subtlely done, until, at the end, you are suprised that it was only a conversation you read, and not something more. I love the details of this peice, the way that Hob and Dream play off each other and how Hob so obviously cares for Dream. The writing is lovely, the characters are spot on, and the whole thing is dream-like and very wonderful.

All Hearts, Which I By Lacking

P.S. In case you've been living under a fandom rock these past few weeks, you should know that this year's [ profile] yuletide stories are up for reading. There are several really wonderful Sandman stories (including one written for me!) there that you should check out. I won't be reccing any because the authors are revealed on January first (aka, once I'm done with my stint here), but if you're looking for some new fic in this fandom head over there now!
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22nd-Dec-2006 07:01 pm Despair by spykeraven (R)
Pairing: Desire/Despair (kind of)
Author on lj: [ profile] spykeraven
Author Website: Spyke Raven's iconoclasms
Why the fic must be read:

What always facinated me most about the series was the Endless. What were they? How did they interact? In the series their relationships were always compared to Dream, so this story is really facinating, because it examines the dynamics from Desire's point-of-view. This is just a really interesting look at how and why Desire cannot live without Despair.

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16th-Dec-2006 06:44 pm Illusions by Tari Gwaemir
Pairing: none
Author on LJ: [ profile] tarigwaemir
Author Website: Infinity
Why this must be read:

This is a fic I found just recently and it's only a short drabble of a thing, but what a short drabble it is! It's not lacking a single thing for length. Haiku-like and beautiful, it's a snapshot of a moment, a person, who Desire visited, and changed. It's the type of story which keeps unfolding--shifting--every time it's read. The language, especially, is what keeps me coming back.

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15th-Dec-2006 12:01 am Shades by Nyarth (NC-17)
Pairing: Corinthian/OMC
Author on LJ: [ profile] smirnoffmule
Author Website: Fangirl Therapy
Why this must be read:

This story is really not the typical story that I go for—the author warns for BDSM and (kinda) non-con which I'm usually a bit wary of—but when you've got a limited pool of fic to choose from you read everything. Which is great, because I'm very glad I read this. It's dangerous and dangerously sexy and I have to read the whole thing peaking from between my fingers, because I know that the other shoe is going to drop, but I don't quite know when. Beyond that, it's a great look at how characters stay the same, yet change, all at once, and the ending is ambiguous enough to keep you turning over the question of 'what next?' for a long long time.

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7th-Dec-2006 04:13 pm Sleep for grief by Melymbrosia (PG)
Pairing: none
Author on LJ: [ profile] untrue_accounts
Author Website: inauthentic prototype
Why this must be read:

This story is my first rec because you really don't need to know anything about "The Sandman" to love it and it avoids major spoilers for the spoiler-phobes out there. I think it's actually a must read for anyone who loves books, because you don't need to be familiar with anything but a love of books order to understand all the books we've lost, and how nothing—how no dreams—can truly replace them. This story haunts me, because I've always wished I could go back in time and save all the books that are gone, every single one.

Sleep for grief
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7th-Dec-2006 12:07 am Sandman: An Overview
I have to apologize for getting this overview out so late and starting the reccs so late in the month—December has been very front-loaded for me, so hopefully the rest of the month will go smoother.

The Sandman is a graphic novel (a series of graphic novels?) by Neil Gaiman about Dream—Morpheus—one of the seven siblings known as "the Endless".

The Characters )

The Story )

The Fandom )
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15th-Apr-2006 12:04 pm Firefly/Sandman (PG-13)
Title: Everybody Dies Alone by HonorH
Pairing: none
Author on LJ: [ profile] honorh
Author Website: her page
Why this must be read:

Because it's Mal! And Death! At Serenity Valley! And the Endless should be in more stories!

Now that I've used up my quota of exclamation points...

Mal is appropriately broken and bitter and ornery, and Death is, well, Death. She deals in straight truths, but never loses her sense of humor, which makes her especially well-equipped to deal with Mal. This story is short, sharp and smart.

a brief excerpt )

Everybody Dies Alone by [ profile] honorh


Please tell the author if you enjoy the story.

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15th-Dec-2005 10:11 pm Ouroboros by Selena K (PG-13)
Subject: Angel/Sandman (PG-13)

Title: Ouroboros by SelenaK
Pairing: Gen; Connor & Lyta Hall
Author on LJ: [ profile] selenak
Author Website: Fanfiction Page
Why this must be read:

To me, the character with the most potential for a fascinating post-Not Fade Away storyline is Angel's son Connor, and [ profile] selenak takes all those possibilities and runs with them in "Ouroboros." It only makes sense that he should cross paths with Lyta Hall, in the aftermath of Neil Gaiman'sThe Wake and Mike Carey's The Furies. This is a fascinating, densely plotted, and brilliantly written story and has one of the most chilling twists on the Connor-canon that I've ever encountered. (I never tire of saying this: Selena is so evil, she is almost Joss). I first read this without knowing Sandman canon, and the story is laid out clearly enough to make sense to a Jossverse newbie as well. One of the truly outstanding fan stories I've read, bar none. I can't do better than to quote the opening:

Excerpt: What Connor Remembers )

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15th-Aug-2005 10:41 pm Pirates of the Caribbean/Sandman (G)
Title: Death and the Captain by Trinity Day
Pairing: none
Author on LJ: [ profile] trinityday
Author Website: none listed; she gives a link to her FF.Net profile
Why this must be read: I've seen surprisingly little fic about what Jack did while he was marooned on that godforsaken island, which seems odd, when you think of it. (For instance, if he came to the island with himself, his compass, and a pistol, and he still has himself, his compass, and a pistol, with what exactly did he "barter passage"?) But that's hardly the point of this fic. If this fic has a point, it's Death -- Neil Gaiman's wonderful, cheerful, GothGirl Death, who really should make an appearance in more fandoms.

(Death and the Captain)
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15th-Jun-2005 09:44 am LotRiPS/Sandman (R)
Title: The First Visit by untitled06
Pairing: Dom/Morpheus
Author on LJ: Used to be [ profile] untitled06, is now unknown.
Author Website: bluegreengray is the author's fandom archive. Sigil is a small archive for LotRiPS/Sandman fic.
Why this must be read:

Man. I love Neil Gaiman, I love LotRiPS. I therefore really, *really* love this fic. I don't have words for how layered and deep it is, despite its short length. The author uses Morpheus' first visit to a 16-year-old Dom to show the reader something about Dom and, in so doing, ends up telling us a lot about Morpheus himself.

"But understand, I will not be denied this." There was another pause and fingertips brushed lightly against the ridge of Dominic's brow. When Marlene spoke again, it was not even a ghost of her voice that passed from her lips, but that of a man: deep and ageless and endless in its sadness. "You have haunted me for too long already."

The First Visit
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16th-Jul-2004 12:54 am The Waiting Room by Nestra (G)
Pairing: --
Author on LJ: [ profile] nestra
Author Website: Nestra's Pantheon
Why this must be read: Buffy/Sandman crossovers are this glorious, all-too small subsection of fandom. (See also A Girl Made From Sky, which was previously recced here.) Here, Buffy dies (the first time) and hangs out with Gaiman's Death for a few minutes. The result is groovy: funny and sweet and surprisingly sad, all wrapped together, in this wonderful inbetweenness. A great read even if you're not at all familiar with Sandman.

The Waiting Room
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15th-May-2004 07:56 am Pirates of the Caribbean/The Sandman (PG)
Title: Death and the Captain, by Trinity Day
Fandom: Pirates of the Carribean/The Sandman
Pairing: Gen
Author on LJ: [ profile] trinityday
Author’s Website: Profile
Why this must be read:

Though I haven’t read much in the way of Neil Gaiman’s Sandman (yet!), I’ve often met his characters as visitors to other fandoms. Here, Captain Jack Sparrow meets Death after being marooned by Barbossa:

    “Oh, I wasn’t here earlier,” the girl told him.

    “You weren’t?”

    “No. I had some business in the neighbourhood and decided to drop by when I realized someone was here.”

    “What sort of business has brought you to this tropical paradise?” He spread his arms out to take in the entire godforsaken island that his treacherous first mate and mutinous crew had marooned him on. It didn’t take much. It wasn’t very big.

    She did not respond to the bitterness in his voice, nor did she seem concerned with the pistol that was still in his hand, which he was waving about carelessly as he pointed out the sights, as monotonous or maddening as they were. “A sea turtle, actually.”

Death and the Captain
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15th-Apr-2004 10:49 am Harry Potter / Sandman (PG)
Title: So Many Monsters and Gone Gently, by Victoria P.
Characters: Sirius and the various Endless (Desire, Despair, Delirium, Death)
Author's webpage: Achromatic
Author on LJ: [ profile] musesfool

Why this must be read:
::sigh:: Neil Gaiman's Endless - is there anything they can't be crossed with? Victoria brings them into the Potter-verse using Sirius as the conduit. The first story, "So Many Monsters" is Sirius in Azkaban, and his struggle to hold on to himself and his innocence for twelve long years. "Gone Gently" is Sirius at the end of Order of the Phoenix, and what he encounters on the other side of the Veil.

Victoria's prose is, as ever, spare but effective - if you're looking for teeth-gnashing angst-fests, these aren't the fics you're looking for, though the situations and her execution of them are deeply affecting.

These two pieces are cousins, rather than direct sequels, but they do belong together.
So Many Monsters
Gone Gently
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