Is there anyone else who has read Dante's The Divine Comedy and Thomas Harris Red Dragon, The Silence of the Lambs, and Hannibal? I read Dante years ago. I just finished reading Harris' books and I began to wonder if those books are an homage to Dante. There are so many correlations between the works that it is almost too obvious. I had to look on the internet to see if there was anyone else who thought the same way, and I found a great place that talks about this theory in great detail. The theory is that the entire story of Hannibal Lecter takes place in the afterlife. They are all dead and in hell. One clue to this is when Will Graham, the man who caught Lecter, is asked how he managed to capture Hannibal, and will responds, "I let him kill me." Is it possible that Harris wrote his own present-day version of Dante's work and passed it off to a 21st century audience who loved it?