I can not urge people enough to read the work of Neil Gaiman. Famous for his long running comic series The Sandman, now equally famous for his novels, Gaiman is one of the best writers going around.
The Sandman concerns Dream also known as Morpheus, one of the seven Endless. The endless are comprised of Death, Delirium, Desire, Despair, Destiny, Destruction, and Dream.
Gaiman has stated that the series is about the Lord of Dreams learning that one must change or die and then making a decision. There is not enough space to discuss this amazing series and its impact but it is enough to say that it changed the face of graphic storytelling, and cemented Gaiman as one of the leading lights of the comic world.
Gaiman's fiction is also inventive and bears the mark of someone who is full of ideas just waiting to burst out. American Gods, Neverwhere and Anansi Boys all show this trademark and are well worth reading.
Do yourself a favour and read some of Gaiman's work, especially The Sandman, and discover the work of a genre changing writer.