Prepare to be delightfully surprised to discover that the godfather of all vampires and the infamous dark wizard share a deep character bond that goes far beyond the title ‘monster.’ Be intrigued to uncover what a coffin and a horcrux share or to dig further to unearth that the often-overlooked scars which Bram Stoker wrote of in Victorian England are just as significant as those described by J.K. Rowling in the modern era. Indeed, it cannot be mere coincidence that Dracula is born in 1897 and 100 years later, Harry is too.
A Tale of Two Villains is a love letter to both sets of fans paying homage to two superb authors and their extraordinary respective works, setting both masterpieces on pedestals, side by side for the first time, exploring their similar themes, unique parallelism, and mystical symbolism. The author delves profoundly into the interesting characters, their traits, conflicts, and motivations, to show how literary art is born. This book is a must for any Stoker or Rowling fan. Calvin H. Cherry is the author of STOKER: Evolution of a Vampire and fantasy and horror scholar.
My review: This volume is a must-have for any Dracula and Harry Potter fan. There are pieces of symbolism that many people wouldn't have even thought about, such as the similarity between Harry Potter and Jonathan Harker, between Van Helsing and Dumbledore, between Mina and Hermione. It might sound odd at first, but the author has a way of explaining his ideas that readers will have a hard time not seeing the connection. Not only that, but the author presents very convincing similarities between locations and themes. The book is a welcome piece of comparative literature that J.K Rowling herself should take a look at.
Publisher: Gaudium Publishing (October 18, 2022)
Hardcover: 296 pages
Review copy provided by Independent Publishers Group @ NetGalley