Less Than Zero, the first novel Mr. Ellis wrote, showed the vapid and empty nature of American life. The novel was published in 1985 when the author was 21 years old and still in college. It became a bestseller and a movie,
Mr. Ellis wrote a second novel which didn’t sell many copies and by the time American Psycho, his third novel, was published in 1991, he had slipped off the radar screen of American readers.
a very buff Christian Bale on a movie poster for American Psycho
The negative publicity around American Psycho before it was even published, made it so famous that after being picked up by Vintage Books, a division of the lordly Alfred A Knopf, and published in paperback, it sold zillions of copies and Mr. Ellis became wealthy on the proceeds.
Yet it seems that many people involved in American Psycho became sort of psycho.
In a scary interview, Mr. Ellis said he identified with the serial killer Patrick Bateman, the main character of the novel.
[Source: Oregon Live.]