Top 10 Drug-Fueled Novels
#10 - Junkie [1953] William S. Burroughs
<em>Junkie</em> [1953] William S. Burroughs Image

"If junk were gone from the earth, there might still be junkies standing around in junk neighborhoods, feeling the lack, vague and persistent, a pale ghost of junk sickness."

#09 - The Basketball Diaries [1978] Jim Carroll
<em>The Basketball Diaries</em> [1978] Jim Carroll Image

"Yep, I'm good and sick without that fix now and my rap of being the one who can keep it all under control is in that breeze cluttered with the same raps a million times run down by a million other genius wise ass cats walking like each other's ghosts around these same sick streets in my same sick shoes. So then the methadone is pumping that warmth back in me by now and I'm together again, but I ain't high worth one short nod, the high is all in the past . . ."

#08 - Confessions of an English Opium-Eater [1822] Thomas de Quincey
<em>Confessions of an English Opium-Eater</em> [1822] Thomas de Quincey Image

"Whereas wine disorders the mental faculties, opium introduces amongst them the most exquisite order, legislation and harmony. Wine robs a man of self-possession; opium greatly invigorates it."

#07 - The Doors of Perception [1954] Aldous Huxley
<em>The Doors of Perception</em> [1954] Aldous Huxley Image

"To be shaken out of the ruts of ordinary perception, to be shown for a few timeless hours the outer and inner world, not as they appear to an animal obsessed with survival or to a human being obsessed with words and notions, but as they are apprehended, directly and unconditionally, by Mind at Large—this is an experience of inestimable value to everyone and especially to the intellectual."

#06 - Trainspotting [1993] Irvine Welsh
<em>Trainspotting</em> [1993] Irvine Welsh Image

"Choose mortgage payments; choose washing machines; choose cars; choose sitting oan a couch watching mind-numbing and spirit-crushing game shows, stuffing fuckin junk food intae yir mooth. Choose rotting away, pishing and shiteing yersel in a home, a total fuckin embarrassment tae the selfish, fucked-up brats ye've produced. Choose life."

#05 - The Man With the Golden Arm [1949] Nelson Algren
<em>The Man With the Golden Arm</em> [1949] Nelson Algren Image

"Frankie sat on the curb with his army shoes in the gutter and his combat jacket ripped below the shoulder halfway to the overseas stripes below the elbow. Dabbing at his forehead with a handkerchief and wondering how to get the booze off his breath in a hurry."

#04 - One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest [1962] Ken Kesey
<em>One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest</em> [1962] Ken Kesey Image

"You had a choice: you could either strain and look at things that appeared in front of you in the fog, painful as it might be, or you could relax and lose yourself."

#03 - Requiem for a Dream [1978] Hubert Selby, Jr.
<em>Requiem for a Dream</em> [1978] Hubert Selby, Jr. Image

"Anybody wanna waste some time?"

#02 - Naked Lunch [1959] William S. Burroughs
<em>Naked Lunch</em> [1959] William S. Burroughs Image

"Ever see a hot shot hit, kid? I saw the Gimp catch one in Philly. We rigged his room with a one-way whorehouse mirror and charged a sawski to watch it. He never got the needle out of his arm. They don't if the shot is right. That's the way they find them, dropper full of clotted blood hanging out of a blue arm. The look in his eyes when it hit - Kid, it was tasty . . ."

#01 - Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas [1971] Hunter S. Thompson
<em>Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas</em> [1971] Hunter S. Thompson Image

"We had two bags of grass, seventy-five pellets of mescaline, five sheets of high-powered blotter acid, a salt shaker half-full of cocaine, and a whole galaxy of multi-colored uppers, downers, screamers, laughers ... and also a quart of tequila, a quart of rum, a case of Budweiser, a pint of raw ether, and two dozen amyls . . . Not that we needed all that for the trip, but once you get locked into a serious drug collection, the tendency is to push it as far as you can. The only thing that really worried me was the ether. There is nothing in the world more helpless and irresponsible and depraved than a man in the depths of an ether binge. And I knew we'd get into that rotten stuff pretty soon."

User Comments - Add a Comment
jinndragon - 2007-10-09 02:47:32
How can you miss Diary of a Drug Fiend?
Michael Foord - 2007-10-10 05:55:02
I second the 'Diary of a Drug Fiend' comment.
Tabris - 2008-01-08 11:20:18
A Scanner Darkly!
Me and only me - 2008-01-08 12:10:33
Where's Alice?
Tico - 2008-01-08 16:31:40
There's a book called "Forty Ouncer" by Kurt Zapata that deserves serious consideration. "Ecstasy my be the love drug, but Malt Liquor is definitely the hate drug..."
Anonymous - 2008-01-08 17:45:16
Requiem for a Dream? It's alright, but it gets pretty boring...Trainspotting, ftw.
Zach - 2008-01-08 20:44:52
Electric Kool-Aid Acid Test?
Anonymous - 2008-01-08 21:52:43
go ask alice?
Anonymous - 2008-01-09 04:09:40
I nominate Infinite Jest.
unwinged1 - 2008-01-09 04:34:26
go ask alice was ass. it was actually a fake, meant to frighten kids in the 70s from taking drugs. you can look it up online.
ali - 2008-01-10 19:05:40
go ask alice was totally fake, that's why it's not up there
Writers Block - 2008-01-14 23:05:50
"Lisa the story of an irish drug addict" - a must raed for anyone
paulab - 2008-01-28 21:15:26
Some Hope- the middle "novella" of it, by Edward St. Aubyn. The BEST non-stop shooting junk and speed descriptions ever. AND- Diggin the Vein by Tony O'Neill!
redpoet - 2008-02-08 13:09:15
Cain's Book - Alexander Trocchi
Epictetvs - 2008-02-22 04:41:25
Where's the Electric Koolaid Acid Test? thats essential.
JT - 2008-03-28 03:43:55
The Electric Cool-Aid Acid Test by Tom Wolf
philip k dick - 2008-12-13 17:26:24

A SCANNER DARKLY. This list needs and deserves A Scanner Darkly.

Louis - 2008-12-16 00:39:38

YES! I second A Scanner Darkly, excellent depiction of paranoia and Go Ask Alice was shitty and fake

She - 2009-01-28 10:56:12

We children from a Zoo station??

N - 2009-02-19 09:47:45

And The Illuminatus! trilogy

Mikel - 2009-03-15 15:44:44

I would agree with the others... something from Mr. Phillip K. Dick is in order. And what better to flesh out this list than A Scanner Darkly

mcheech - 2009-03-21 01:48:15

no bret easton ellis?

danm - 2009-04-20 23:48:01

The Three Stigmata of Palmer Eldritch

SallyP - 2009-05-13 05:22:51

What about Jesus' Son??

novascotiakid - 2009-06-12 01:56:28

fear and loathing in las vegas. great book. i m gonna have to read some of these ones

Joe - 2009-07-13 20:12:46

I'm really surprised A scanner Darkly is not on here.

yippingservices - 2009-11-30 13:37:50

What about "Generation "P" ???

michaela - 2009-12-14 10:56:01

A Million Little Pieces ohh and Marching Powder!

Mr. Mushroom - 2009-12-20 05:43:58

You all seem to be missing one. “The embryo man” Anyone ever hear of it? Came across it on a youtube video. Some people say it’s been removed, but it’s there. (You just have to copy and paste twice) After that I went over to the website. Wow, I read four chapters so far and I AM FLIPPING! Here is the address, in case anyone is interested -

tweakerface - 2010-01-15 15:33:59

go ask alice should really be on here. also, crank, by elen hopkins.

Anonymous - 2010-01-26 18:25:21

it doesnt matter if go ask alice is fake, that book is beautifully written and can make an impact on anyones life. Also all ellen hopkins' books are phennominal !

Tara - 2010-02-02 08:43:42

Look for a novel based on a true story called Northern Cali High Life some time in the next five years. I'll be writin' it.

e.d. - 2010-05-09 02:21:42

it doesn't matter if go ask alice is fake or not, it's shitty melodrama to keep kids from doing drugs. it's just poorly written. can you imagine i've been doing drugs for years & i've never gone around my town banging every boy in sight? i guess beatrice bitchface [the author] can't.

Lex - 2010-06-09 02:49:49

Marching powder by rusty young...!

klhjlfjhcv - 2010-06-12 05:12:44

OMFGzzzz ! nooks that i think should be in here ! -go ask alice;even if it is fake -in ectasy:its fake but really good book

Zoodle - 2010-07-13 17:20:53

"A Million Little Pieces" and "My Friend Leonard" by Jmaes Frey were great but they were found out to be non fictional fiction not just fiction.

Urquhart - 2010-12-06 22:39:58

Cain's Book by Alexander Trocchi really should be in there, but it's only a list of ten and I suppose there are many.. worth checking out though if drug literature is your thing (and we Scots know a thing about drug abuse.. hehe).

Lee Davis - 2011-04-19 00:46:38
Baby Huey, A Cautionary Tale of Addiction.
elly - 2011-09-06 04:13:08

how about Candy: a novel of love and addiction. good read, about a couple in love with each other and heroin

Þórarinn - 2011-10-23 02:11:02
Blepharospasm by Harutyun Mackoushian
X0X0 - 2013-01-27 04:37:23

If You Come To California by Nichole Naumann. A very contemporary coming-of-age. EVERYONE is on drugs....

Stacy Anthony - 2014-04-30 05:26:59

Wasting talent by Ryan Leone - hands down. Better than fear and loathing.

Johnny Strike - 2014-06-23 22:06:58

Cain's Book by Alexander Trocchi Cristina F come to mind. There's a bunch more...