I’ve written a new book.
Painting Dragons: What Storytellers Need to Know About Writing Eunuch Villains
In the early 1800s, a British novelist said of a real-life Persian political tyrant who was a eunuch: “I have placed him in my narrative, as a painter sometimes inserts a dragon or some such monster in the foreground of his landscape.”
I’m asking: Why do writers paint these dragons? There are several literary tropes about eunuchs; why does the “evil eunuch” stereotype exist? How does it play out in novels? If you’re a writer, how might you change the game in your novel?
The first book of its kind
This has been a mission-driven project of mine for nearly as long as I can remember. I had to write the book I wanted to see in the world. I’ve painstakingly gathered and analyzed information that I think will interest and help others. It’s my great pleasure to create something unique.
Spread the word
Eunuch villains in fiction are a niche topic. They may not be your cup of tea, but chances are you know someone who will be intrigued.
Do you know someone who…
- reads or writes historical fiction?
- studies or teaches social attitudes toward gender, sexuality, disability, or cultural representation?
- wants to be able to say at their Halloween party that they just read a book on villains?