- Lunar Park
name = Lunar Park
image_caption = Cover of "Lunar Park"
Bret Easton Ellis
language = English
genre = Horror
publisher = Knopf
August 16, 2005
media_type = Print (
pages = 320
isbn = ISBN 0-375-41291-3
"Lunar Park" is a combined semi-autobiographical novelization of the life of
Bret Easton Ellisand is a ghost storyin the vein of Stephen King. It was released by Knopf on August 16, 2005. It is notable for being the first book written by Ellis to use past tense narrative.
novelbegins with an inflated and parodic but reasonably accurate portrayal of Ellis' early fame. It details incidents (probably exaggerated) of his wild drug use and his publicly humiliating book tours to promote " Glamorama". The novel dissolves into fiction as Ellis describes a liaison with an actress named Jayne Dennis, whom he later marries, and with whom he conceives an (initially) illegitimate child. From this point the fictional Ellis' life reflects the real Ellis' only in some descriptions of the past and possibly in his general sentiments.
Ellis and Jayne move to Midland, a (fictional) affluent suburban town outside New York City, which they no longer consider safe due to pervasive terrorist acts in a post-9/11 America. Fictional incidents include suicide bombings in
Wal-Marts and a dirty bombdetonated in Florida[ [http://www.popmatters.com/books/features/050816-lunarpark.shtml Jeff Gomez. Dark Side of the Moon] ] [ [http://www.sfgate.com/cgi-bin/article.cgi?f=/chronicle/reviews/books/LUNAR_PARK.DTL Christine Thomas. Ellis writes himself into suburbs] ] . Strange incidents start happening on a Halloween night, some involving Sarah's (Ellis's fictional stepdaughter) Terby doll.
As the novel progresses, the haunting of Ellis'
McMansionand questions over the death of his father become increasingly prominent. With his history of drug use and alcoholism, his wife, children, and housekeeper are understandably skeptical of his claims that the house is haunted.
Jayne Dennis is a fictional character created by Ellis, but aside from the novel itself, Ellis has taken several other steps to create verisimilitude for her character. Although she does have a website [ [http://www.jaynedennis.com www.jaynedennis.com] ] , the site consists entirely of obviously doctored images and a fictional filmography. Ellis links to her site from his, but it is suspected he created Dennis' site himself; some authentication pages even request the user register at the official Lunar Park site. There is no profile for an actress of this name on either the
Internet Movie Databaseor eonline.com. It is noted in a disclaimer on the stills page that the site is a work of fiction.
Several of the characters are fictionalized portrayals of real people. Most notable among these is Ellis himself, but others include friend and fellow author
Jay McInerneyand Ellis' late father.
Bret Easton Ellis - Novelist who rose to fame while still at college with his debut novel "
Less Than Zero"; now lives in the suburbs with old flame Jayne Dennis. Considerable differences between this Ellis and the author himself, albeit crucial similarities within.
Jayne Dennis - Film star, married to Bret Easton Ellis. Said to have dated many men, including Q-Tip and
Keanu Reevesamongst others.
Robby - Bret and Jayne's eleven-year-old son.
Sarah - Jayne's six-year-old daughter.
Robert Ellis - Bret's father, deceased.
Patrick Bateman- Serial killer from " American Psycho". Rumored to be responsible for murders in the local suburbia.
Donald Kimball - Detective from "American Psycho". Questions Ellis about the aforementioned Bateman-inspired murders.
Clayton - College student who strikingly resembles Patrick Bateman.
Aimee Light - A graduate student writing her thesis on Bret.
Jay McInerney- Easton's contemporary and friend; author of "Bright Lights, Big City"
* Ellis told the "Manchester Evening News" that the Terby "is based on a
Furbybut also there was this bird-like doll that my older sister had and I wrote a short story about it when I was 7 or 8. She used to scare me with it, I’d go to my bedroom and get into bed and it’d be there, she’d hide it there just to scare me. Or I’d be walking up the stairs and she’d chase me with it. And I think that’s what I was channelling and it fitted in to all the other things that I was haunted by.” [ [http://www.manchestereveningnews.co.uk/entertainment/arts/literature/s/177/177300_behind_brets_mask.html Behind Bret's mask] ]
* Ellis told SCI FI Wire the book was an
homageto Stephen King and comic books, and that he finished writing it in summer 2004. It is also a nominee for the World Fantasy Awards [ [http://www.scifi.com/scifiwire/index.php?category=0&id=37989 "Lunar" Exorcises Ellis' Ghosts] ] .
* The book carries an epigraph from
Hamlet1.v.98. This connects with the theme of haunting by a father as well as the names in the book (e.g. Elsinore, Osric, Fortinbras).
* As part of the fun, Ellis portrays himself as less literate than one presumes he is. 'He' misuses 'disinterestedly' twice, thinks 'imminently' means 'eminently', and claims never to have heard of the word 'mewling' despite using the word in his novel
Porcupine Tree's album Fear of a Blank Planetis heavily influenced by Lunar Park ( [http://www.porcupinetree.com Porcupine Tree website] ), sharing many similar themes with the novel.
* Palm-Star Entertainment has announced production of a movie version of
Lunar Parkwith an expected release date in 2009.
*Ellis has stated that the original plot of the book had a sub-plot involving terrorists invading suburbia that he later omitted when friends asked him what the point of it was, and he realized it wasn't necessary. He also said it was too similar to the plot of
Glamorama. Fragments of the abandoned plot can be found in the book, which Ellis claims are only there because he forgot about them.
* [http://www.twobrets.com/ Official website of Bret Easton Ellis]
* [http://www.jaynedennis.com/ Fan website for Jayne Dennis]
* [http://www.lunar-park.com/ Official UK website for Lunar Park]
* [http://www.spikemagazine.com/0406-bret-easton-ellis-lunar-park.php Spike Magazine's review of Lunar Park]
* [http://www.notanexit.net/past/2005/08/14_lunar_park_review_thread.shtml Collection of Lunar Park book reviews]
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