"Screw-Jack & Other Stories" is a collection of short stories written by gonzo writer Hunter S. Thompson.

The chapters


"Mescalito", previously published in "Songs of the Doomed", is a trippy account of a long wait for morning in a Los Angeles hotel while high on speed and mescaline, aided only when Oscar arrives with beer. The story then picks up on an airplane, where Thompson's trip turns dark and miserably comedic in famous Gonzo style.

Death of a Poet

"Death of a Poet" relates a visit to a friend's trailer home that takes a number of bizarre twists before ending in violence. The friend, F.X. Leach, was also a character in Thompson's 1992 "Rolling Stone" article "Fear and Loathing in Elko", in which he is portrayed in an almost identical scenario, as a friend of not Thompson, but Justice Clarence Thomas.


The last and final chapter in the epic series. Ostensibly written by Raoul Duke, "Screwjack" begins with an editor's note explaining of Thompson's alter ego that "the first few lines contain no warning of the madness and fear and lust that came more and more to plague him and dominate his life...." "I am guilty, Lord" Thompson writes, "but I am also a lover -- and I am one of your best people, as you know; and yea tho I have walked in many strange shadows and acted crazy from time to time and even drooled on many High Priests, I have not been an embarrassment to you...." The story appears to be a surreal and disjointed description of the bizarre, violent, and even sexual relationship between Raoul Duke and a black tomcat named Mr. Screwjack. Halfway through the text, there is a break in the text and the narrator briefly refers to Duke by name, implying this half is either told by another narrator or merely written by Duke briefly in the third person.

Other information

*Hardcover: 64 pages
*Publisher: Simon & Schuster (December 13, 2000) (first published in 1991)
*Language: English
*ISBN: ISBN 0-684-87321-4

External links

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