"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 conprehend 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 semblace 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 knowlede 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. The other eye is vein blue.
Who knows what Delirium sees, through her mismatched eyes?"
--------Season of Mists, Neil Gaiman
de-li-ri-um (de-lir-e-em) n.
1. a condition of temporary mental confusion resulting from high fever, intoxication, or shock, and characterized by anxiety, tremors, hallucination, delusions, and incoherence.
2. Uncontrolled excitement or emotion.
Delirium appears primarily in the BRIEF LIVES series of the Sandman, therefore making Brief Lives my favorite...
Here are some images of DeLiRiuM
Del and her Doggie
Dilirium blowing bubbles in the motel room
Del and Doggie again
Delirium at dinner again
Dilirium with fishies from the Endless Gallery
Beautiful Dilirium with butterflies
Del and her brother/sister Desire
at dinner with Dream
thinking of a name....
"I am following my fishy"
"Mr. Borghal Rantipole?"
"I know who you are"
A lonely Delirium
Delirium is nervous...
she's putting herself back together
"I want my doggie back"
the Temperance tarot card
"I thought he'd come"
yo, this chick's PISSED
Del and Mazikeen
It's a weird little town.
This is what she does when she's depressed:)
Another look at her as "DELIGHT"
Delirium being her delightful self (no pun intended there...)
"Green mouse ice cream was the worst. I din't like that at ALL." ---Delirium, Brief Lives
And click HEREto see my photographic tribute to Delirium.
And here's a delirium drawing of mine done primarily with CLARISWORKS.
DID YOU KNOW that the character of Delirium was modeled after Tori Amos??? Or that She and Neil Gaiman are quite good friends? A plethora Neil and Sanman references can be uncovered in Tori's music, and Neil sneaks in some Tori lyrics into a few scenes of The Sandman. Tricky bastards! Here's Neil Gaiman on TORI:
"I discovered Tori in 1991, when she sent me a tape, through a friend, or the record that would become her album LITTLE EARTHQUAKES. We've been fast freinds and mutual fans ever since." --taken from the Sandman Book of Dreams, a compilation.
Click HERE to read the stori Tori wrote for the book. Don't worry, it's only about a page.
"I knew it was going to be in the last place I looked, so I looked there first." ---Delirium, Brief Lives
Places where Tori makes a SANDMAN or Neil Gaiman reference in her albums:
....."but will you find me if NEIL makes me a tree, an aphro, a pharoah..." from HORSES on "Boys for Pele"
.....She gives him a thank you in the BFP credits, and she also writes "hi Neil" in the credits of either "Earthquakes" or "Pink", I can't remember which. (anyone know?)
....."If you need me, me and NEIL'll be hangin' out with the DREAMKING...Neil says hi by the way" from Tear in your Hand on "Little Earthquakes".
...Deck the halls I'm young again I'm you again racing turtles the grapefruit is winning seems i keep getting this story twisted so where's Neil when you need him" from Spacedog on "Under the Pink."
And HERE is my TORI AMOS picture gallery.
The Web's most Fantastic DELIRIUM PAGE...the source for a few of my pics, but there's a TON I don't have and a lot of other intersting stuff too.
"The moment she realized what was happening, that the universe was changing, that she was growing up, or at least, growing older...she was no longer Delight; and the blossoms had already begun to fall in her domain, becoming smudged and formless colors, and she had no one to talk to..." ---Brief Lives
Only about half of these images were scanned by me. The rest were taken from varios places on the web over a period of time. If you see an image that you think you've scanned or made and would like credit for it, E-mail me and I will post it here. Thanks!