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The Serial Killer in American Fiction

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There I am: Dr. Patrick Bateman.

It isn’t as if it didn’t occur to me that it was a bad idea when I chose the name of the protagonist of American Psycho as my pseudonym, even if I was younger at the time, and therefore by definition stupider. It was just that the character had stuck with me like no other, even among the myriad human monsters represented in the book list for the course I serendipitously took to fill a college credit.

And, to be fair, the movie hadn’t come out yet.

At least I didn’t use Norman Bates.