Bret Easton Ellis asks Twitter for help with Psycho sequel

Mar 12, 2012
Linda Palermo

Novelist imagines who anti-hero Patrick Bateman might kill in 2012. Look out David Beckham...

NEW YORK novelist Bret Easton Ellis (above) got his legion of fans salivating when he took to Twitter late on Friday night to suggest that he was planning to write another book featuring the iconic anti-hero of his 1991 novel American Psycho, the murderous investment banker Patrick Bateman.

According to website Book Riot, Ellis logged on at around 1am Los Angeles times, and began to post. "1:00 AM in L.A. and sitting at my desk finishing a script and suddenly I'm making notes on where Patrick Bateman's now and maybe he could..."

It turned into a five-hour Twitter marathon as Ellis began to flesh out some back story for Bateman, who first appeared as a minor character in Ellis's debut novel, the cult smash Less Than Zero (1985), before coming into his own as a monstrous yuppie serial killer in Psycho.

"Hmmm... Maybe I'll call my publishers on Monday... But have to figure out what the structure is... Definitely murders at prep school", he tweeted, before musing that "Patrick's first killing would not have been at Harvard" but could have been the killing of his father's mistress.

Ellis then started to have some fun, imagining who and what in the world of 2012 would be vexing Bateman, whom the writer used in the original book to mercilessly satire the social mores of New York's aspirational classes of the late 1980s.

In an echo of two chapters of American Psycho where Bateman earnestly rhapsodised about the brilliance of the MOR rockers Genesis and Huey Lewis and the News, Ellis draws a cattish modern comparison: "Patrick would go on a very long dissertation about Coldplay's oeuvre... His favourite song being Fix You..."

A modern Bateman would also be a keen fan of the internet, with Ellis suggesting that he "would post pics of murdered girls on Facebook and either no one would notice or post ‘Fuck yeah’." He would also use the social networking app Blendr to find his victims.

As he warmed to his task, Ellis suggested a few celebrities who Patrick might target, suggesting that page five of the book would see Bateman "murdering David Beckham in an elevator in Manchester" and "stalking Gavin Rossdale" of rock group Bush.

The following day, Ellis soberly reflected that he was "keeping what might be the new book under wraps for now after last night's inspiration. But am still interested in suggestions and advice..."

Read Easton Ellis' Twitter timeline 

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