So, I wasn't sure who to choose, because I kind of like some weird stuff, but I know that a lot of other bloggers have read Bret Easton Ellis, so, for fans of Ellis, read this... P.S. This list is pretty Rated R.
10. Laurence Sterne, Tristram Shandy: So, if you like postmodern lit, it is my humble opinion that it starts here.
9. Herman Melville, Moby Dick: And then here.
8. J.G. Ballard, Crash or The Atrocity Exhibition: Ballard is almost as nasty as Ellis, but different. Crash really disturbed me the first time I read it, but it is a pretty wonderful book. The Atrocity Exhibition has illustrations.
7. Gloria Anzaldua, Borderlands/La Frontera: I could recommend Foucault here for a theoretical perspective on violence in literature, but I like Anzaldua, and this list needs some females.
6. Evan Mandery, Q: A Love Story: This isn't like Ellis in content, but the style reminds of Ellis just a little bit.
5. Chuck Palahniuk, Haunted: This is the nastiest/ most violent Palahniuk book that I've read. I actually don't really like this book, but some fans of Ellis might?
4. Don DeLillo, Cosmopolis: Again, this is not my favorite DeLillo (again, I don't really like it), but is the most reminiscent of Ellis. Maybe I don't really like Ellis, except that I really do.
3. William Burroughs, The Ticket That Exploded: This is the only Burroughs I've read, so that is what I'm recommending.
2. Tao Lin, Shoplifting from American Apparel: Lin has a similar tone to Ellis in this book: nihilism.
1. Ryan Bradley, Prize Winners: This short story is brief, but packs a punch. Like most of this list, it is not for the weak of stomach.
**Just another quick warning...almost all of these books contain graphic violence and sex. Of course, if you like Ellis, you know that. But if you didn't know that, they do.