Literature: Lunar Park
A semi-autobiographical horror novel, detailing Bret Easton Ellis's rise to fame and the fictional story of his second-tier movie star wife and their experiences in a suburban house that may be haunted...It's also a partial sequel to American Psycho and an homage to The Shining.
Contains the following tropes:
- Adult Fear: The children disappearing most notably, but there are others.
- As Himself: The book is narrated in first person by Bret Easton Ellis, the successful writer of American Psycho and other novels. At the beginning, it sounds autobiographical, but then completely descends to fiction.
- Abusive Parents: Bret's father certainly was one, and he fears going down a similar path.
- Body Horror: The eventual fate of the dog. Good! God!
- Book Within A Book: The book that Bret is writing, entitled Teenage Pussy.
- Bi the Way: This is a Bret Easton Ellis novel...
- Crap Saccharine World: The world of Lunar Park is much less of a downer than the rest of Ellis's works, but it still sucks. Aside from the implied police state that is going on in the rest of the country, the main setting of Lunar Park is an upscale Stepford Suburbia filled with Political Correctness Gone Mad and a wave of missing child cases.
- Downer Ending: Still lighter than Lovecraft.
- From Bad to Worse: Terrorist attacks, nationwide disappearances of pre-teen boys, a haunted house, a local serial killer patterning his crimes on American Psycho and Keanu Reeves. These things are merely a pretext to whats to come.
- I Have Many Names: "Clayton"...
- Mind Screw: Around the time Bret starts discussing things with and getting information from the writer you might get a bit confused.
- Post Modernism
- Reckless Gun Usage: Bret ends up brandishing his gun in his house when he sees Patrick Bateman/Clayton inside. Later subverted as his wife took the bullets out, causing it be empty at a crucial moment.
- Sdrawkcab Name: Terby. Y Bret. Why Bret?
- Shout-Out to Shakespeare: The story is full of Hamlet references.
- Sitcom Arch-Nemesis: In the first chapter, Keanu Reeves.
- Title Drop: The last 2 words of the novel.
- Twenty Minutes into the Future: Suicide bombings at Wal-Marts are commonplace.