Hunter S. Thompson has come to fear and loathe Las Vegas these days, 31 years after he wrote his infamous novel Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas. After I read F & L, I knew I wanted to become a writer. Check out the Las Vegas City Life Interview with Hunter, where he states: " I like the old Las Vegas a lot better... The city's frightening now... It's not the same city I wrote about. It's not the same place at all. I just wondered if that was one of the reasons you were drawn to the book and to Vegas, through a drug ID or gambling or sports betting or all three."