An interview with Bret Easton Ellis When it was first published, Bret Easton Ellis's novel American Psycho was met with a mix of disgust and high praise. Patrick Bateman has it all: good looks, youth, charm, a job on Wall Street, reservations at every new restaurant in town and a line of girls around the block. He is also a psychopath. A man addicted to his superficial, perfect life, he pulls us into a dark underworld where the American Dream becomes a nightmare... Here's Bateman's creator on his own childhood, reading habits, and current obsessions.