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Books like American Psycho

Enjoyed American Psycho? We’ve scoured the web for book blogs and looked at all of their recommendations for books that are similar to American Psycho. Here are 9 books that you may like if you liked American Psycho.

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One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest
(Penguin Orange Collection)
Ken Kesey - 1963-02-01 (first published in 1962)
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This collectible edition from the Penguin Orange Collection offers a modern take on a counterculture classic. Ken Kesey’s One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest is a boisterous and ultimately shattering novel of the 1960s, detailing life in a mental ward and its unforgettable inhabitants. The book inspired the widely acclaimed 1975 movie adaptation, making it a must-read for any fan of iconic American literature.
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Harry Khachatrian
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Blood Meridian
Or the Evening Redness in the West
Cormac McCarthy - 1992-05-01 (first published in 1985)
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Explore the savage, violent world of America's westward expansion in this subversive epic novel. Based on real historical events, follow the story of a 14-year-old boy who gets caught up in a horrifying world of scalp-hunting and murder on the Texas-Mexico border in the 1850s. Blood Meridian is a dark and twisted take on the Western genre, challenging the myths and legends of the Wild West.
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A Novel
Robert Bloch - 1999-01-31 (first published in 1959)
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A weary traveler stumbles upon the Bates motel on a stormy night, hoping for a place to rest. The manager, Norman Bates, appears friendly but peculiar, and things quickly take a dark turn. Will the traveler make it out alive?
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Last Exit to Brooklyn
Hubert Selby Jr. - 2000-01-01 (first published in 1964)
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Explore the gritty underbelly of Brooklyn with a novel that portrays the primal rage of America's cities. You'll meet dope addicts, hoodlums, prostitutes, workers, and thieves as they brawl in the back alleys of Brooklyn. This explosive best-seller has come to be regarded as a classic of modern American writing.
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Darren Aronofsky
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The Killer Inside Me
Jim Thompson - 1991-03-13 (first published in 1952)
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This gripping novel follows a deputy sheriff in a small Texas town who is beloved by all - but beneath the surface lurks a depraved killer responsible for multiple deaths. When his own brother dies, he sets out on a path of revenge, willing to sacrifice anyone in his way. Written long before famous serial killers made headlines, The Killer Inside Me is a chilling, unforgettable portrayal of the mind of a monster.
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Iain Banks - 1998-01-01 (first published in 1984)
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A dark and bizarre coming-of-age story set in a remote Scottish village. Sixteen-year-old Frank's unconventional life is marked by his mother's abandonment, his brother's confinement in a psychiatric hospital, and his father's eccentricities. To cope, Frank has turned to strange acts of violence. When news of his brother's escape comes, it sets in motion events that reveal the mysteries of the past and forever change Frank. With a mind that challenges societal norms, The Wasp Factory is a novel of horrifying compulsion and extraordinary originality.
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Irvine Welsh - 1998-09-17
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A detective sergeant in Edinburgh, Scotland spends the Christmas season indulging in drugs and sex in Amsterdam while dealing with a host of personal and professional problems. But when a racially charged murder case lands on his desk, his already chaotic life takes a turn for the worse in this scabrously funny novel about abuse and corruption. Welsh's writing, full of wit and force, creates a compellingly misanthropic character in this dark and disturbing story.
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A Novel
Chuck Palahniuk - 2006-04-11 (first published in 2005)
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This collection of 23 stories is not for the faint of heart. A group of artists are isolated in an ornate old theater, where they must confront their darkest fears and desires. As food, power, and heat run low, they begin to tell increasingly horrifying and hilarious tales in an effort to become the hero of their inevitable blockbuster. It's a mind-blowing and stomach-churning ride that will leave you haunted long after the last page.
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The Cement Garden
Ian McEwan - 2004-08-05 (first published in 1978)
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A haunting and unflinching exploration of the depths of childhood trauma and the ways in which it shapes our adult lives. This psychological thriller, which has been adapted into a major motion picture, is sure to leave readers breathless with its suspense and chilling impact. Ian McEwan's masterful writing delves into the darkest corners of the human psyche, revealing truths that are all too often buried and forgotten.