Hunter S. Thompson was born on 18 July, 1937 to a middle-class family in Louisville, Kentucky and died on 20 February, 2005. He had a trouble childhood and joined the United States Air Force before moving into journalism. He travelled a lot in the early ‘60s and his book about the Hell’s Angels brought him to the attention of readers all over the world in 1967. He is the creator of the term ‘gonzo’ journalism) when a writer includes themselves in a story so much that they become a central figure and is the writer of 1971’s Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas. Originally serialised in Rolling Stone magazine, it was adapted by Terry Gilliam into a hugely successful film starring Johnny Depp and Benicio del Toro in 1998.