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About the Author

Hunter S. Thompson's books include Fear and Loathing in America, Screwjack, Hell's Angels, Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas, The Proud Highway, Better Than Sex, The Rum Diary, and Kingdom of Fear. He was contributor to various national and international publications, including a weekly sports column for ESPN.com.

Hunter S. Thompson died February 2005.


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  • File Size: 1229 KB
  • Print Length: 12 pages
  • Publisher: Simon & Schuster (December 13, 2000)
  • Publication Date: December 13, 2000
  • Sold by: Simon and Schuster Digital Sales Inc
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B000FC0TVI
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  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #109,751 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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Hunter S. Thompson's books include Fear and Loathing in America, Screwjack, Hell's Angels, Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas, The Proud Highway, Better Than Sex, The Rum Diary, and Kingdom of Fear. He was contributor to various national and international publications, including a weekly sports column for ESPN Online. Thompson died February 2005.

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31 of 33 people found the following review helpful By Matthew P. Arsenault on April 11, 2002
Format: Hardcover Verified Purchase
Some reviewers were unjustifiably harsh in their comments in regards to Screwjack. While all are entitled to their own opinion, it would seem that those with a blast of negativity were searching for some pseudo-Fear and Loathing II. While HST did write extensively on over-indulgence, he shouldn't be labled only as the writer of an around-the-bend drug odyssey. Thompson is in fact a fine craftsman of language, which is prominatly displayed in Screwjack. Each story imbibes a surreal experience. More like twisted fairy tales than short stories. Screwjack itself is my personal favorite piece. It has a poetic flow and almost a sing-song rhythm. Reading Screwjack reminds me of strange dreams an blurry memories. Certainly something to check out.
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11 of 11 people found the following review helpful By Poppy Z. Brite on February 5, 2006
Format: Hardcover
I love this little book. People who measure their literature by the pound may complain about this one, but fans of Thompson will whip right through it. SCREWJACK was first published privately in 1991, and has been spawning rumors ever since. Only one of its essays, a 1969 account of Thompson's first mescaline trip written in real time, was previously published elsewhere. As well as being an incredible piece in that you can actually see him writing himself through the freakout and emerging on top, "Mescalito" perfectly crystallizes the life of a freelance writer (some of us, anyway): " ... [H]alf drunk full of pills and grass with deadlines past and people howling in New York ... the pressure piles up like a hang-fire lightning ball in the brain. Tired and wiggy from no sleep or at least not enough. Living on pills, phone calls unmade, people unseen, pages unwritten, money unmade, pressure piling up all around to make some kind of breakthrough and get moving again."

SCREWJACK also includes the tale of a psychotic friend who killed himself in front of the author after making a disastrous bet on a football game, and the title story, a demented love scene between Thompson's crazier alter-ego Raoul Duke and a huge black tomcat, reminiscent of some mad cross between Mikhail Bulgakov and Dennis Cooper.

(A version of this review was originally published in the New Orleans Times-Picayune.)
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Edith J. Spitz on December 11, 2005
Format: Hardcover
For those of you who wrote that the price of the book was outrageous should have looked and seen that the book is short. It is a collection of three SHORT stories.

Peronsally, I adored the book, all three stories, and was just happy that Screwjack was released.

The third story, and title of the book, was such an amusing story I even named my cat Mr. Screwjack. However, I can assure you his and I's relationship is a little less intense.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Michael Kear VINE VOICE on May 25, 2005
Format: Hardcover
For fans of Hunter S. Thompson, this little book will be a welcome addition to the zoo. In it, Thompson proves his brilliance as a painter of prose. The book is a collection of three pieces, "Mescalito," "Death of a Poet," and the title work. Each piece builds to a higher crescendo of seething, unsettling insanity.

"Mescalito" is the journal of a mescaline drug experience in the winter of 1969. In reading it, you are grasped by Thompson and dragged along with him on the trip. The story is a page-turner. You feel his fear and loathing. He drags you with him down the dark alleys and up to the heights of the experience. I actually got a little thirsty as Thompson described his serious beer anxiety.

"Death of a Poet" takes the reader to the next extreme: unexplainable death.

And finally, the title piece, "Screwjack," is the story of a love affair so bizarre that it certainly fulfills what Hunter S. Thompson himself wanted it to. He says in the introduction to the collection that the order of the stories should, "build like Bolero to a faster & wilder climax that will drag the reader relentlessly up a hill, & then drop him off a cliff..." He achieves his goal in Screwjack.

Reading this book was a painful pleasure. Thompson is a master of prose. I wanted to keep turning the pages even as I was repulsed by the content. In the end I reflected that the whole sense of the collection was like experiencing a twenty minute dip into Pulp Fiction without having Quentin Tarantino tie it all together for me at the end. In the end, it didn't all come out in order. There was no symmetry or syncronicity. Although I liked the trip, it left me with a melancholy feeling of detachment and peculiar sadness. Perhaps this was because of Thompson's suicide earlier this year in Colorado. The death of Thompson made the book feel autobiographic. And perhaps it was.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Drew on January 26, 2011
Format: Kindle Edition Verified Purchase
I previously owned this book. Five-star book. Unfortunatly I assumed this version would have all three stories that were in the hardcover print version I owned, considering that amazon is only charging $3 more for the print...
I found out all too late that it has been broken up into the individual stories.
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12 of 15 people found the following review helpful By Ryan M Clark on June 1, 2003
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I rode my motorcycle 20 miles in a light rain to eat breakfast in a cafe on the California coast with this small book stuffed into my worn leather jacket's inner pocket. I will never forget the look into Hunter S Thompson's psyche that this great little book provides for the reader. His words are especially powerful in "Mescalito" the author's first experience with Mesculine. His words as well as his train of thought become more and more garbled as he experiences the first of many wild rides that have become the wonderful although sometimes controversial subject matter for many of Thompson's writings.
This is a great taste of Hunter S Thompson, for someone discovering or re-discovering his writing.
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