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Literature / Lunar Park

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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:

  • 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.
  • Crapsaccharine 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 Overcorrectness and a wave of missing child cases.
  • 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.
  • Homage: Lunar Park is largely a Stephen King pastiche, especially The Shining.
  • Jack the Ripoff: The Big Bad of the novel is revealed to be Bernard Erlanger, a man who became so obsessed with American Psycho that he began to imitate Patrick Bateman's murders and terrorize Ellis himself over the phone, while also posing as Detective Kimball and pretending to investigate his own crimes.
  • Mind Screw: Around the time Bret starts discussing things with and getting information from the writer you might get a bit confused.