Bret Easton Ellis

Internationally Acclaimed, Best-selling Novelist & Screenwriter

 

“Bret Easton Ellis is a fast, funny, and disarmingly smart thinker and speaker. He’s able to draw on all corners of art, life, and literature in his quest to make sense of it all. You may end up in a weird place or two when you go deep with Bret, but the journey is fun and illuminating.”

—Toby Kamps, Curator of Modern & Contemporary Art, The Menil Collection

Bret Easton Ellis is the author of a new book of nonfiction, White, six novels including, Less Than Zero, The Rules of Attraction, American Psycho, GlamoramaLunar Park, and Imperial Bedrooms, and a collection of stories, The Informers. He’s also the host of The Bret Easton Ellis Podcast. White, his first work of nonfiction, is an incendiary polemic that combines personal reflection and social observation about this young century’s failings, e-driven and otherwise, and at once an example, definition, and defense of what “freedom of speech” truly means. His works have been translated into 32 languages. Less Than Zero, The Rules of Attraction, American Psycho, and The Informers have all been made into films. In recent years he has focused on screenwriting, The Canyons (2013) which was written by Ellis and Directed by Paul Schrader garnered much attention not only for the film itself but also the manner in which the film, a micro-budget noir was financed through the use of crowd-funding.

Bret Easton Ellis has wrestled with the double-edged sword of fame and notoriety for more than thirty years now, since Less Than Zero Dubbed “the voice of a generation” and catapulted him into the limelight in 1985, earning him devoted fans and, perhaps, even fiercer enemies. An enigmatic figure who has always gone against the grain and refused categorization, he captured the depravity of the eighties with one of contemporary literature’s most polarizing characters, American Psycho‘s iconic, terrifying Patrick Bateman. In recent years, his candor and gallows humor on both Twitter and his podcast have continued his legacy as someone determined to speak the truth, however painful it might be, and whom people accordingly either love or love to hate. He encounters various positions and voices controversial opinions, more often than not fighting the status quo. For that candor and outspokenness Out magazine honored him as one of 2013’s “Out100”.

In White, with the same originality displayed in his fiction, Ellis pours himself out onto the page and, in doing so, eviscerates the perceived good that the social-media age has wrought, starting with the dangerous cult of likeability. White is both a denunciation of censorship, particularly the self-inflicted sort committed in hopes of being “accepted,” and a bracing view of a life devoted to authenticity. Provocative, incisive, funny, and surprisingly poignant, White reveals not only what is visible on the glittering, pristine surface but also the riotous truths that are hidden underneath.

The Bret Easton Ellis Podcast delivers a weekly glimpse into the entertainment industry’s top writers, directors, actors, and musicians. Each week Ellis discusses the issues and complexities that keep the creative world turning with the people at the center of that world. The same sensibilities that have formed Ellis’s impressive catalog in literature and are on display with each and every new episode of The Bret Easton Ellis Podcast.

Bret Easton Ellis lives in Los Angeles.

Praise for the Work of Bret Easton Ellis

Less Than Zero

“Cathcer in the Rye for the MTV Generation.”

USA Today

The Rules of Attraction

“Serves to establish Mr. Ellis’s reputation further as one of the primary inside sources in upper-middle-class America’s continuing investigation of what has happened to its children.”

The New York Times Book Review

American Psycho

“Bret Easton Ellis is a very, very good writer [and] American Psycho is a beautifully controlled, careful, important novel… The novelist’s function is to keep a running tag on the progress of culture; and he’s done it brilliantly. . . A seminal book.”

The Washington Post

Glamorama

“An express-train ride. . . to hell. . . It does for the cold, minimal 90’s what American Psycho did for the Wall Street greed of the 80’s. You name it, he manages to get it all in.”

Vogue

Lunar Park

“Addictive..Sublime..Exquisite…Stirringly executed. . . A phantasmagoria of love and loss, a fusion of hallucination and wisdom.”

The New York Times

Imperial Bedrooms

“Hypnotic. . . A haunting vision of disillusionment, twenty-first century style.”

People

The Informers

“Bret Easton Ellis. . . is an extremely traditional and very serious American novelist. He is the model of literary filial piety, counting among his parents Ernest Hemingway, F. Scott Fitzgerald, Nathanael West, and Joan Didion.”

The Washington Post