In this article, Stephen King discusses the work of fellow author Bret Easton Ellis, best known for writing American Psycho. A book that later got adapted into a cult classic film starring Christian Bale.
That work is not the point of discussion, although it does come up. Stephen King sums it up as “bad fiction by a good writer”. Instead, Stephen King brings up another novel, written by Ellis called Lunar Park.
This work in particular comes up because many, including Ellis himself, cite it as a homage to Stephen King. I haven’t read this particular book, and paperback copies are only available used on Amazon for upwards of 30 bucks. It is available on the Kindle, and possibly other e-readers as well, so hope is not lost for those who wish to check it out.
While King addresses some of the book’s flaws, he generally praises it and calls Ellis a fine storyteller. He goes on to say that even if Ellis had started off doing a King impersonation, the book goes in its own direction by the latter half and, in a way, renders the issue moot.
It was interesting how there was a sort of backhandedness to some of the compliments. Similar to the previous bad fiction by a good writer quote (which is an inevitable occurrence for writers), King also says that Ellis has no real grounding in American horror, but is genre savvy enough to make up for it. It may very well be true and, to wit, King is certainly more qualified to comment than I am, but I still found it interesting.