Am now reading Lords and Ladies, Terry Pratchett’s take on “A Midsummer Night’s Dream”, and pondering the similarities and differences with Neil Gaiman’s version from Sandman. The two of them have often tackled similar themes in different ways, witness Hogfather and American Gods.

And of course, both of them have anthropomorphised Death as a recurrent character who likes to wear black, with an extended family. Though if you look at the two pictures below, you may spot certain subtle differences in the way each author portrays the character.

Death, by Pratchett Death, by Gaiman

See what I mean?

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