The 85th anniversary issue of Weird Tales features our big list of “The 85 Weirdest Storytellers of the Past 85 Years.” We’re breaking it down online, too: one honoree per day, in no particular order, for 85 days!
The creator of “Gonzo” journalism, HUNTER S. THOMPSON (1937-2005) showed us how the sausage of politics and culture is made. When he reported in 1972 that there were rumors that presidential candidate Edmund Muskie was addicted to the drug Ibogaine, he also declared that he started those rumors in the first place, thus making him the most ethical journalist in the incestuous swamp on which he was reporting. A consummate outsider who hungered for insider status, Thompson was a fringe figured who parlayed a genius with words and an amazing ability to metabolize horse tranquilizers into a scruffy credibility. Unfortunately, he couldn’t stay ahead of the Bad Craziness curve forever, and the world got too strange for even him to report on.