Bret Easton Ellis discusses his first novel in thirteen years: THE SHARDS

24 January 2023


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One of the world's most influential contemporary authors, Bret Easton Ellis, joins us at Forbidden Planet TV to talk about the creation of THE SHARDS - his first novel in over a decade - and discuss the power of music, the radioactive backlash to AMERICAN PSYCHO, the reception to WHITE (his recent collection of essays), the concept of writing for himself, his recent movie industry work, the creation of his movie SMILEY FACE KILLERS and Roger Avary's adaptation of THE RULES OF ATTRACTION.

A sensational new novel from the bestselling author of Less Than Zero and American Psycho, that tracks a group of privileged Los Angeles high school friends as a serial killer strikes across the city. His first novel in 13 years, THE SHARDS is Bret Easton Ellis at his inimitable best.

LA, 1981. Buckley College in heat. 17-year-old Bret is a senior at the exclusive Buckley prep school when a new student arrives with a mysterious past. Robert Mallory is bright, handsome, charismatic, and shielding a secret from Bret and his friends, even as he becomes a part of their tightly knit circle.

Bret’s obsession with Mallory is equalled only by his increasingly unsettling preoccupation with The Trawler, a serial killer on the loose who seems to be drawing ever closer to Bret and his friends, taunting them with grotesque threats and horrific, sharply local acts of violence.

Can he trust his friends, or his own mind, to make sense of the danger they appear to be in? Thwarted by the world and by his own innate desires, buffeted by unhealthy fixations, Bret spirals into paranoia and isolation as the relationship between The Trawler and Robert Mallory hurtles inexorably toward a collision.

Gripping, sly, suspenseful, deeply haunting and often darkly funny, THE SHARDS is a mesmerising fusing of fact and fiction that brilliantly explores the emotional fabric of Bret’s life at 17 sex and jealousy, obsession and murderous rage.

You can purchase signed copies of The Shards below.