Bret Easton Ellis.

Author: Bret Easton Ellis

Profile: Bret Easton Ellis is an American short story writer, author, director, screenwriter and novelist. He is born in Los Angeles, California, U.S. The birthplace of Ellis was Los Angeles and he grew up in Sherman Oaks in the San Fernando Valley. His mother was a homemaker and father was a property developer, however in 1982 they divorced. His abusive father besides his own pain that he underwent at the time of wiring the book became the basis of the character in Psycho, his third novel. Ellis completed his education at The Buckley School in California and the Bennington College in Vermont where in learnt music originally and gravitated into writing, gradually. Writing has been his passion right since childhood. Initially he was regarded as one of the so-called Brat Pack, which included Jay Mclnerney and Tama Janowitz also.

Ellis explained in 2002 in an interview that he felt comfortable about being considered as heterosexual, bisexual or homosexual and felt good about playing with this persona. This way over the years he identified variously as bisexual, straight and gay to different people which he did mainly for artistic reasons.

Writing style: Bret Easton Ellis’s genre includes black comedy, satire and transgressive fiction. Recurring characters are shared by Bret Easton Ellis commonly in his novels.  As a writer, the expression of extreme opinions and acts in an affectless style is the trademark technique of this self-proclaimed satirist.

 Published Texts:


1985 – Less Than Zero

1987 – The Rules of Attraction

1991 – American Psycho

1994 – The Informers

1998 – Glamorama

2005 – Lunar Park

2010 – Imperial Bedrooms


2019 – White


1999 – This is Not An Exit: The Fictional World of Bret Easton Ellis

2001 – Fernanda Pivano: A Farewell to Beat

2008 – The Informers

2013 – The Canyons

2016 – The Curse of Downers Grove

2016 – The Deleted


Ellis launched a podcast with PodcastOne Studios on November 18, 2013

Awards and Acknowledgements:

Best Screenplay at the 14th Melbourne Underground Film Festival for the film, The Canyons

Best Foreign Film, Best Foreign Director and Best Female Actor for Lindsay Lohan for the film, The Canyons



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