- The extract from the killer's journal in The Black Dahlia, in which, among other things, the killer wishes that the baseball bat she is using to rape the victim had nails in it.
- A scene in American Tabloid where a woman who is being tortured for information by having her head crushed in a vice bites her own tongue off so she won't be able to talk, forcing the gangsters to put her out of her misery.
- The fictionalised account of his own mother's rape and murder in My Dark Places is also extremely disturbing.
Nightmare Fuel / James Ellroy
Every book James Ellroy has ever written contains plenty of Nightmare Fuel.