Neil Gaiman’s Dream Country (Sandman #17-20)Read about the other entries on the list.
Only one of the four independent stories that make up Dream Country is fully Shakespeare-inspired, but man, it is a doozy: the winner of the World Fantasy Award for Best Short Fiction, and a riff on A Midsummer Night’s Dream. In it, Shakespeare puts on what is supposedly the premiere performance of his famous play for an audience from faerie, including Titania and Puck. The characters watching interact with the show and trade places with representations of themselves throughout the course of the performance. It’s as dreamlike, surreal, and beautiful as you’d want from a series whose main character is Morpheus. Often cited as the best part of the series, it is a great way to rediscover one of Shakespeare’s most enchanting tales.