Metallica’s Lars Ulrich Pens New Introduction to Hunter S. Thompson’s Screwjack

Metallica drummer Lars Ulrich has written the introduction to a new edition of Hunter S. Thompson’s Screwjack, a collection of short stories originally printed in 1991.

“Beyond psyched to have had the opportunity to write an introduction for the latest edition of Hunter S. Thompson’s ’91 collection of short stories, Screwjack,” wrote Ulrich on Instagram. “Reading these stories remind me what a treasure — and mindfuck — Hunter S. Thompson’s immortal words continue to be.”

The metal legend added, “Thanx to @simonandschuster for encouraging me to put pen to paper for this. Check it out if you like things wild, salacious and unsettling.”

Screwjack was originally independently published in a limited run of 300 numbered and 26 lettered copies, and then republished by Simon & Schuster in 2000. The new edition, featuring Ulrich’s intro, is now available in paperback and Kindle editions via Amazon.

Thompson, best known for founding the gonzo journalism movement and for his 1972 book Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas, died at age 67 of a self-inflicted gunshot wound in 2005.

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See Lars Ulrich’s Instagram post below, and read our 2022 Metallica cover story, featuring interviews with Ulrich and bassist Robert Trujillo, here.