This comprehensive study of author, Thomas Harris' popular works focuses particularly on Harris' internationally known antihero Hannibal ""The Cannibal"" Lecter in the classic novels ""Red Dragon"", ""Silence of the Lambs"", and ""Hannibal"". In 12 scholarly essays, the work examines several themes within Harris' trilogy, including the author's artistic exploration of repressed desires, his refinement of neo-noir themes and the serial killer motif, and his developing perceptions of feminine gender roles.
Benjamin Szumskyj, a private high school teacher and qualified library technician, has edited anthologies and essay collections on such authors as Robert E. Howard, Fritz Leiber, Thomas Harris and William Peter Blatty. He is also the editor of Studies in Fantasy Literature and Studies in Australian Weird Fiction. He lives in Melville, Western Australia.