Hunter S. Thompson bibliography

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Hunter Stockton Thompson
BornJuly 18, 1937
Louisville, Kentucky, USA
DiedFebruary 20, 2005(2005-02-20) (aged 67)
Woody Creek, Colorado, USA

Bibliography of works by American author and journalist Hunter S. Thompson (July 18, 1937 – February 20, 2005).


Thompson's books include:[1]

Hell's Angels: The Strange and Terrible Saga of the Outlaw Motorcycle Gangs

  • Random House, 1967, (Trade Cloth)
  • Random House Publishing Group, 1975, ISBN 0-345-24825-2 (Mass Market)
  • Random House Publishing Group, 1980, ISBN 0-345-29238-3 (Mass Market)
  • Random House Publishing Group, 1981, ISBN 0-345-30113-7 (Mass Market)
  • Random House Publishing Group, 1985, ISBN 0-345-33148-6 (Mass Market)
  • Random House Publishing Group, 1996, ISBN 0-345-41008-4 (Trade Paper)
  • Random House Publishing Group, 1999, ISBN 0-679-60331-X (Trade Cloth)

Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas

Fear and Loathing on the Campaign Trail '72

Gonzo Papers, Vol. 1: The Great Shark Hunt: Strange Tales from a Strange Time

The Curse of Lono, illustrated by Ralph Steadman

Gonzo Papers, Vol. 2: Generation of Swine: Tales of Shame and Degradation in the '80s

Gonzo Papers, Vol. 3: Songs of the Doomed: More Notes on the Death of the American Dream

Gonzo Papers, Vol. 4: Better Than Sex: Confessions of a Political Junkie

The Fear and Loathing Letters, Vol. 1: The Proud Highway: The Saga of a Desperate Southern Gentleman 1955–1967

The Rum Diary


Mistah Leary – He Dead

  • X-Ray Book Company, 1996, (chapbook)

Fear and Loathing in America: The Brutal Odyssey of an Outlaw Journalist 1968–1976

Kingdom of Fear: Loathsome Secrets of a Star-Crossed Child in the Final Days of the American Century

Hey Rube: Blood Sport, the Bush Doctrine, and the Downward Spiral of Dumbness Modern History from the Sports Desk

Gonzo: Photographs by Hunter S. Thompson

Happy Birthday, Jack Nicholson

Fear and Loathing at Rolling Stone: The Essential Writings of Hunter S. Thompson

Selected articles[edit]

Thompson wrote countless articles over the course of his career, for publications including Rolling Stone, Esquire, The Boston Globe, Chicago Tribune, New York Times, The San Francisco Examiner, Time, Vanity Fair, The San Juan Star, and Playboy. Only his most important articles are listed.

Rolling Stone

ISSN 0035-791X

Scanlan's Monthly

ISSN 0036-5661


ISSN 0032-1478

  • The Great Shark Hunt – December 1974 (Volume 21, Issue 12, pp. 183–184)
  • The Curse of Lono (book excerpt) – 1983


"Song of the Sausage Creature", Cycle World, March 1995.

Known unpublished works[edit]

  • Short Stories – Thompson wrote numerous short stories during the late 1950s and early 1960s, most of which were rejected by literary magazines at the time. Douglas Brinkley, Thompson's literary executor, told an interviewer that many of them are quite good, and that a collection is in the works.[4]
  • Prince Jellyfish – Thompson's first novel, written in the early 1960s. A short excerpt was printed in Songs of the Doomed.
  • The Joint Chiefs or The Death of the American Dream – Thompson's letters from 1968 mention a book on the death of the American dream that was never published because he wasn't satisfied with the manuscript, calling it "a pile of shit".[5]
  • Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas: Extra Chapters – Two chapters written for the book were not included in the final text. One has the "coconut smashing scene" that was shown in the film adaptation of Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas. Brinkley told an interviewer that he did not understand why the chapters were cut, as they are extremely funny and fit very well with the rest of the book. (Rolling Stone may have cut them because of space, but that doesn't explain why they weren't in the book.) He said he hopes they will be released in the near future.[4]
  • The Gun Lobby – Brinkley describes the 250-page manuscript as "Fear and Loathing at the NRA". Thompson wrote the story for Esquire magazine, but the manuscript got shoved in a drawer for decades. Brinkley says he hopes to have it published soon.[6]
  • The Night Manager – A non-fiction novel about Thompson's time at the O'Farrell Theater strip club in San Francisco. Originally an assignment to write about "couples pornography" for Playboy.
  • Polo Is My Life – Thompson described this novel as "...a sex book — you know, sex, drugs and rock and roll. It's about the manager of a sex theater who's forced to leave and flee to the mountains. He falls in love and gets in even more trouble than he was in, in the sex theater in San Francisco".[7] It was slated to be released by Random House in 1999, and was even assigned ISBN 0-679-40694-8, but was never published.


  • Joel Parham (2006). Hunter S Thompson: A Bibliography


  1. ^ All publication information in the "Books" section was verified with Bowker's Books In Print Professional (accessed 26-28, June 2007)
  2. ^ The Atlantic Monthly. Retrieved April 11, 2015.
  3. ^ "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 2007-09-27. Retrieved 2007-09-10.{{cite web}}: CS1 maint: archived copy as title (link)
  4. ^ a b Stop Smiling #22 Hunter S. Thompson Memorial Issue
  5. ^ Thompson, Hunter (2001). Fear and Loathing in America (2nd ed.). Simon & Schuster. p. 784. ISBN 978-0-684-87316-9.
  6. ^ Beach, Patrick Past and Present Austin American-Statesman June 3rd, 2007.
  7. ^ Sara Nelson 1996 Interview with Hunter S. Thompson The Book Report