"At Death's Door": The story begins in a family meeting of the Endless. Desire taunts Dream about Nada, the former lover he banished to Hell ten-thousand years past. Shortly afterward, Death gives him
Appearing in "At Death's Door"
- Charles Rowland
- Matthew the Raven
- Edgar Allen Poe
- Key to Hell
- Book of Souls
Synopsis for "At Death's Door"
The story begins in a family meeting of the Endless. Desire taunts Dream about Nada, the former lover he banished to Hell ten-thousand years past. Shortly afterward, Death gives him a sound scolding and Dream feels convinced he must go to Lucifer and recover Nada.
Expecting a battle, Dream arrives just as Lucifer is closing down Hell. Upon leaving, Lucifer hands the key to Morpheus.
The evicted dead gravitate towards Death's realm, unexpectedly swamping her in the mistaken belief that they will then be admitted to Heaven. Shortly afterward, Delirium appears, followed by Despair. They soon realize the problem and Death resolves to gather all the damned in one place until Dream finds an appropriate solution to Hell's closing, endowing her sisters with two ankhs to help her accomplish the mission.
Meanwhile, various deities such as Bast, Odin, and others arrive to contest who will take over ownership of the Hell realm.
Behind schedule on collecting the recently deceased, Death runs out to do her duty, leaving Delirium in charge. She returns to find a raucous party with her little sister serving "Horse Doovers" (hors d'oeuvres) of unusual variety, such as pencils on crackers or green mouse and telephone ice cream.
As Death leaves again, the party is rudely interrupted by demons from Hell, also without a home, who intend to cause chaos. Upon her return, Death prepares to battle the demons, only to have them disappear as Dream finishes his negotiations in Hell reclaims Nada and hands off the key to the angels, Remiel and Duma.
- This book was first published on July 16, 2003.
- No special notes.
- The story begins with brief profiles of each of the Endless, a reference to manga where brief character bios (in statistic form) are often displayed in the margins.
- This story is a greatly abbreviated version of Sandman: Season of Mists (Sandman (Volume 2) #21-Sandman (Volume 2) #28), told from Death's point of view, the narrative being a little more light-hearted than the original.
- A subplot involves Edgar Allan Poe, one of the deceased staying in Death's home, who apparently has a crush on Despair, his muse.
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Links and References
- Death: At Death's Door at Wikipedia.