Synopsis: The Sandman is an American comic book series written by Neil Gaiman and published by DC Comics imprint Vertigo. Its artists include Sam Kieth, Mike Dringenberg, Jill Thompson, Shawn McManus, Marc Hempel, and Michael Zulli, with lettering by Todd Klein and covers by Dave McKean. Beginning with issue No. 47, it was placed under the Vertigo imprint. It tells the story of Dream of the Endless, who rules over the world of dreams. The original series ran for 75 issues from January 1989 to March 1996, with Gaiman's contract stipulating that the series would end when he left it.
Genre: Fantasy, Horror
Year:
1989
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FADE IN:

EXT. CHURCHYARD - NIGHT

CLOSE ON:
a word carved in stone: 'DREAMS'.

BEGIN CREDITS:

PULL BACK to reveal the full inscription:

'FOR IN THAT SLEEP OF DEATH WHAT DREAMS MUST COME.'

It's carved on a large obelisk grave marker. Beneath the

inscription is a name: THIBAULT, and dates: 1861-1917.

PULL FURTHER BACK: Perched on the marker is a stone effigy of

the angel of death, wings spread wide, half-smile on her

face.

AND FURTHER BACK: Ropes are wrapped around the marker. The

ropes tighten, and the marker is suddenly PULLED OVER, the

CAMERA taking off with it --

The marker is dragged along, through deep grass ... then with

a bump it's on a dirt road, then over a bridge. It's dragged

by a team of horses. Rain starts to fall. The marker pulls

away, continuing on toward --

Burgess Manor, a dark outline against the gray marble sky --

END CREDITS:

INT. BURGESS MANOR - GARAGE - CIRCA 1930'S - NIGHT

The garage was once the carriage house. Several luxury cars,

circa 1930s, fill the bays. The marker lies in an empty one.

Two men stand nearby.

One is RODERICK BURGESS. A commanding presence, radiating a

charisma both disturbing and mesmerizing. He is in his early

twenties, but his soul is much older -- and darker.

The other is SMITH. Middle-aged, face drawn, he peers out of

the garage furtively. He's worried, preoccupied. A white

clerical collar is almost hidden beneath his coat and scarf.

SMITH:

(hopefully)

The rain will wash out the tracks ...

Burgess moves slowly to the marker.

BURGESS:

I've found it. Crowley couldn't. Mathers

couldn't. Only I could.

2.

SMITH:

I didn't see anybody on the

road ...

Burgess isn't listening to him; he's preoccupied with the

marker. He examines it gleefully, reverently.

BURGESS:

Thibault had it stolen from the Vatican

Library -- that's common knowledge. But

then it disappeared. He told Yeats he'd

destroyed it. But he didn't. He couldn't.

And now -- I've found it.

SMITH:

I don't think anyone saw me.

Burgess finally looks at the man. Cocks his head, amused.

BURGESS:

Don't worry, Vicar. No one saw you. No

one knows what you've done -- except you

and me. And God.

(insinuating)

Just like your other little ...

peccadilloes.

The Vicar shuts his eyes in pain.

SMITH:

Please ...

(looks at Burgess)

What they say is true. You are the most

wicked man alive.

BURGESS:

(chuckles)

I've always liked that title.

He grabs up a sledge hammer, startling the other man -- as he

intended. He smiles, and SMASHES the hammer down on the

marker. Another blow. Another --

The marker is hollow. Hidden inside is a large oilskin

bundle. Burgess drops the sledge. Lifts out the bundle.

Burgess unwraps it carefully. Inside is a thick book.

BURGESS:

The Magdalene Grimoire. Finally.

The book is heavy, leather bound, brittle with age. Burgess

pages through it greedily. It is filled with tiny, cramped

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Neil Gaiman

Neil Richard MacKinnon Gaiman is an English author of short fiction, novels, comic books, graphic novels, audio theatre, and films. more…

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