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Creator / Bret Easton Ellis

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"The whole point of [Ellis's books] is 'Look how terrible these people are. Don't do the things these people do. Don't be like these rich, cool, sexy people.'"
Rantasmo, on the author

Bret Easton Ellis (born March 7, 1964) is a Los Angeles-born writer who rose to fame in The '80s as one of the "Literary Brat Pack"— and probably the most successful of this group. Works include:

  • Less Than Zero (1985)
  • The Rules of Attraction (1987)
  • American Psycho (1991)
  • The Informers (1994) (short story anthology)
  • Glamorama (1998)
  • Lunar Park (2005)
  • Imperial Bedrooms (2010) (a sequel to Less Than Zero revisiting the characters in current times)
  • White (2019) (His first Non-Fiction book)

Ellis has also written/produced two films:

  • The Informers (2008) (based on his short story anthology of the same name)
  • The Canyons (2013)

Alongside the controversy of his books, Ellis is a fairly public figure, whose Twitter account and public quotes skirt the edges of misogyny and misanthropy. In short, Ellis is a terrific writer who isn't all right in the head.


Bret's podcast on, which updates every Monday.

This author's works with their own pages include:

Other works by this author provide examples of:

  • Depraved Bisexual: Every male in The Informers would appear to be a shallow, blonde, Californian bisexual boytoy who is possibly a vampire.
  • Homage: Imperial Bedrooms was an extended one to classic hard-boiled detective fiction, in the Raymond Chandler/James M. Cain tradition.
  • Horrible Hollywood: All the characters of Imperial Bedrooms are members of the Hollywood machine.
  • Our Vampires Are Different: "The Secrets of Summer" in The Informers: vampires here can (and do) eat raw meat or drink animal blood— and when they consume the blood of drug users they get the effects whether they want them or not.
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  • Shared Universe: All Of Bret Easton Ellis’s stories are tied together primarily through their protagonists - Clay, Sean, Patrick, and Victor - who all attended Camden College. As they all know each other, they often share acquaintances who then also pop up in multiple stories.
  • Too Bleak, Stopped Caring: Entirely deliberate on Bret Easton Ellis's part. All his works focus on the shallowness and emptiness of these deliberately unlikable, completely unsympathetic and borderline sociopathic rich people who engage in self-destructive behavior such as drug and alcohol usage, constant sex, and in worse cases, murder. This is all to drive home the message Easton Ellis puts in his stories, the message being that we should NOT be anything like these so-called "Cool" people who are rich and successful because all they do is engage in debauchery to fill up the emptiness inside them.


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