We Value Your Privacy

This site uses cookies to improve user experience. By continuing to browse, you accept the use of cookies and other technologies.


What 10 Modern Classic Books About Drugs Are Really Trying to Say

These tales are about more than back alleys and dirty needles.

still from requiem for a dream, based on a book about drugs
  • camera-icon
  • Photo Credit: Artisan Entertainment
Requiem for a Dream

Requiem for a Dream

By Hubert Selby Jr.

The Man with the Golden Arm, a book about drugs

The Man With the Golden Arm

By Nelson Algren

The Story of Junk

The Story of Junk

By Linda Yablonsky

Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas, a book about drugs

Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas

By Hunter S. Thompson

Crank, a book about drugs


By Ellen Hopkins

Junky, a book about drugs


By William S. Burroughs

The Lotus Crew

The Lotus Crew

By Stewart Meyer

trainspotting, a book about drugs


By Irvine Welsh

The Speed Chronicles

The Speed Chronicles

By Joseph Mattson

The Cocaine Chronicles

The Cocaine Chronicles

By Gary Phillips and Jervey Tervalon