13. Lunar Park, by Bret Easton Ellis (2005)

The man behind such sordid and intimate novels as Less Than Zero and American Psycho, author Bret Easton Ellis is no stranger to first-person narratives. But with 2005’s format-skewering Lunar Park, he outdid himself in ways very few writers could ably execute.

As Lunar Park opens, it’s a candid memoir about Ellis’ real battles with mainstream popularity and damaging narcotics; slowly, though, the book’s tell-all nature morphs into an exercise in meta fiction once he (fictionally) marries an actress-ex, starts a family, and encounters evil spirits while working on his latest future best-seller, the nicely titled Teenage Pussy. Lampooning one’s self has never been so disquieting.