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Meet 'Imperial'-ist Bret Easton Ellis

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Los Angeles-born novelist Bret Easton Ellis is back.

His newest novel, Imperial Bedrooms, comes out tomorrow (June 15,) and he’s again living in LA.

Relocating from New York in 2006, he wrote most of Imperial Bedrooms here in Los Angeles. The novel, penned 25 years after the original, is a sequel of sorts to his star-making work Less Than Zero, and his seventh book.

Both books take place from Santa Monica to Hollywood, and while they’re both centered in Clay’s world (then: college student on break; now: successful screenwriter,) this sequel is barely that.

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Imperial Bedrooms is recognizable as a Bret Easton Ellis work -- wonderful prose, main character narration, drugs, booze, sexual weirdness -- however, it’s no logical continuation of Less Than Zero. It’s a mystery. It’s a thriller. It’s an adventure that’ll raise your blood pressure. Blair, Julian, and Rip are back too.

On Wednesday, June 16th at 8 p.m., Bret Easton Ellis will be holding a special event at Largo. He'll be reading, signing books, and joined by guests James Van Der Beek, Joel McHale, Jerry Stahl and Joseph Mattson.

LAist recently had a phone chat with Bret Easton Ellis. The results are below: