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Neil Gaiman has since used Tori's song lyrics and quotes from their discussions in The Sandman series, and one of the main characters, Delirium, has taken on more than a few mental and physical attributes of Tori's. Neil says, "Delirium was created before I met Tori, but they steal shamelessly from each other." -- All These Years; pg.51



Delirium is the youngest of the endless.
She smells of sweat, sour wines, late nights, old leather.
Her realm is close, and can be visited; however, human minds were not made to comprehend her domain, and those few who have made the journey have been incapable of reporting back more than the tiniest fragments.
The poet Coleridge claimed to have known her intimately, but the man was an inveterate liar, and in this, as in so much, we must doubt his word.
Her appearance is the most variable of all the Endless, who, at best, are ideas cloaked in the semblance of flesh. Her shadow's shape and outline has no relationship to that of any body she wears, and it is tangible, like old velvet.
Some say the tragedy of Delirium is her knowledge that, despite being older than suns, older than gods, she is forever the youngest of the Endless, who do not measure time as we measure time, or see the worlds through mortal eyes.
Others deny this, and say that Delirium has no tragedy, but here they speak without reflection.
For Delirium was once Delight. And although that was long ago now, even today her eyes are badly matched: one eye is a vivid emerald green, spattered with silver flecks that move; her other eye is vein blue.
Who knows what Delirium sees, through her mismatched eyes?
-- The Sandman: Season of Mists



Delirium appears in several Sandman graphic novels including: Fables and Reflections, Seasons of Mists, Brief Lives, the Kindly Ones, and The Wake

Delirium also appears in The Voice of Her Eyes, a short story by Karawynn Long.



Jill Thompson, the illustrator for Brief Lives, seemed to have drawn at least one aspect of Delirium with some of Tori's features. I read, I think in the Sandman Companion, that there was a comment made that the illustrations of Delirium included some of Jill Thompson's own traits, though Jill denies being anything like the character.

from: The Kindly Ones from: Seasons of Mists from: The Kindly Ones from: The Wake from: The Kindly Ones from: The Kindly Ones from: Fables & Reflections
from: Vertigo Tarot Cards from: Brief Lives from: Brief Lives from: Brief Lives from: Brief Lives from: Brief Lives from: Brief Lives