Archives For May 2011

Last Call

Alright folks, time’s up. Time gentleman, please. Last orders. Get ’em in.

Issue Nine’s deadline is up today. If you need an extensive, please let me know as soon as possible and we’ll arrange something.

Just a reminder to those who’ve forgotten: Beatdom’s ninth issue is about DRUGS. That doesn’t mean we want HST rip-offs or any other kind of rip-off for that matter. We want something a little more innovative. Mostly we’re devoting space to interesting essays about drugs and literature, but we also have the usual set aside for short stories and poems.

So please please please. If you need more time, let me know. Otherwise, get your submissions sent to editor [at] beatdom [dot] com today.


The Final Photo

Folks, thanks for helping celebrate our fourth birthday. May has been a fantastic month for Beatdom magazine once again. We’ve received some superb submissions for our upcoming Drugs issue, and we’ve announced the release of two very exciting books – Zoning by Spencer Kansa, and The Dog Farm by David S. Wills.

As you will surely be aware, we have given you three previously unpublished photos from the Beat Generation to help celebrate our birthday. Today we have released the fourth – a photo of Allen Ginsberg in Grant Park, taken by Jerry Aronson in 1968.

So thanks again for helping make this a great month. Please continue to check in for progress reports on Zoning, The Dog Farm and Issue Nine.

And, if you missed them, here are the other photos from this series: here, here and here.

From Ganja to God

by Geetanjali Joshi Mishra
Beatdom Issue 9

They are unmistakable: roughly kept beards, unmanageable, unruly and unkempt hair, chillums dangling from the oral cavity, drinking ‘bhang’ and smoking marijuana; add mysticism, reverence and fear and you will have before you the nativity of the Holy Men of India, the ‘Sadhus’. Continue Reading…

New BB Publications

Beatdom Books is proud to present two new novels set for a 2011 release. The first is Spencer Kansa‘s Zoning, which William S. Burroughs described as “an urban Celine.”

Spencer Kansa has written for a wide variety of publications including Hustler, Mojo, Erotic Review and The NME. He is the author of Wormwood Star, a biography of the American artist and occult icon Marjorie Cameron (Mandrake of Oxford). His interviews with literary icons William Burroughs, Allen Ginsberg, Paul Bowles and Herbert Huncke feature in Joe Ambrose’s book Chelsea Hotel Manhattan (Headpress).

Kansa has written for Beatdom twice – the first was about Burroughs’ role as a “heavy metal guru” and featured a photo of the two men together, and the second was an interview with Carolyn Cassady.

To learn about Zoning please visit the BB website. For more about Kansa, see his website:

The second book is David S. Wills’ long-awaited novel about ESL teaching in South Korea, The Dog Farm. The novel revolves around the shady world of drunken teachers in a strange and unwelcoming country.

David S. Wills is the editor and founder of Beatdom magazine and an occasional travel writer. He blogs frequently at his own website:

To learn more about The Dog Farm, please take a look at the BB website.



To pre-order either book, please contact the staff at editor [at] beatdom [dot] com.

Beatdom T-Shirts

It’s been a big month for Beatdom. May is our birthday month (we don’t party for just one day; we do it all month long) and this year we turn four. This is also the month that we’ve launched Beatdom Books and announced the first B.B. publications – Zoning by Spencer Kansa (which William S. Burroughs said, “reads like an urban Celine”) and The Dog Farm by David S. Wills.

To celebrate we’ve been giving our readers a real treat – never before published photos of Allen Ginsberg and William S. Burroughs, courtesy of Jerry Aronson. So far we have released three of four photos, with the next coming soon. (View them here, here and here.)

Finally, we have given you an early look at the cover of the next issue of Beatdom magazine, which was designed by the fantastic Rachel Harper. What’s even more exciting is that this cover will be printed on a limited number of t-shirts for sale to Beatdom readers. Please e-mail us for more details.

Exclusive Photo #3

The above photo is number three in Beatdom’s celebratory fourth birthday photo spectacular! Thanks once again to Jerry Aronson, who has kindly given Beatdom permission to use these never-before-seen photos of Ginsberg & friends.

This week’s photo features Allen Ginsberg with Beat buddy, William S. Burroughs and Norman Mailer, and was taken in 1983.

To view the first of Beatdom’s birthday photos, click here.

To view the second, here.

And to learn more about Jerry Aronson and his movie, The Life and Times of Allen Ginsberg, click here.

Issue Nine

Here it is, folks: The beautiful cover for Issue Nine, designed by the wonderful Rachel Harper.

Issue Nine is drugs-themed. It will feature essays about the Beats and their relationship with drugs, as well as stories and poetry inspired by drugs.

Please get your Issue Nine submissions in ASAP. Deadline has been extended to the end of May. All e-mails to editor [at] beatdom [dot] com

Another Exclusive Beat Photo

Here it is, folks. Another exclusive, previously unpublished Beat photo courtesy of Beatdom magazine and Jerry Aronson. As part of our month-long 4th birthday celebration, we are bringing you four never-before-seen photos of Allen Ginsberg and friends. We hope you enjoy this one as much as we do. It features Ginsberg talking with his old pal, William S. Burroughs in 1984.

To view the first photo, click here.

To read more about Jerry Aronson’s movie, The Life and Times of Allen Ginsberg, click here.

Happy Birthday, Beatdom!

Four years ago this month, Beatdom was born in a Scottish pub. It was a dark, cold night and the Guinness was flowing, alongside some wild ideas and a lot of talk of poetry and changing the world. Beatdom has come a long way since then. In fact, it has literally made it around the world. The first issue was made in Scotland, the second in America, and subsequent issues have come from Korea and China.

It’s been a hell of a journey.

Last month we announced the creation of Beatdom Books. Or rather, we morphed from literary journal into literary publisher. BB is currently working on two novels to be released in the coming months. Watch this space…

To celebrate both the birth of Beatdom and the creation of Beatdom Books, Jerry Aronson has given us four previously unpublished photos to use on our lovely little website. These photos were taken by him, and show Allen Ginsberg with various Beat and counterculture icons.

We will be releasing these photos throughout May, so keep your eyes peeled. The first features Ginsberg with William S. Burroughs:

Jerry Aronson is the filmmaker behind the wonderful documentary, The Life and Times of Allen Ginsberg, which has been released as a special 2-disc DVD set. Learn more at his website: