My War
Jul15

My War

It wasn’t the heat that was getting to me. It wasn’t the seasickness, the overcrowded boat, getting jabbed in the ribs by the butts and muzzles of guns, or even the fact my right knee felt primed to explode. We had been on the boat for seven hours, just drifting around the Gulf of Thailand, the temperature well above a hundred degrees, and us soldiers wearing itchy woolen shirts and trousers, oversized water-filled boots, and...

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Hell’s Angels: The Precursor of Gonzo
Sep15

Hell’s Angels: The Precursor of Gonzo

*The following is the first in a series of columns by Beatdom editor, David S. Wills, concerning the mix of fact and fiction in the work of Hunter S. Thompson.  Hunter S Thompson began writing at a young age, imitating his heroes and honing his own style. He worked as a journalist, got in trouble, travelled the world, got fired, made friends, made enemies, failed at writing novels, and then wrote Hell’s Angels: The Strange and...

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Episode One
Aug21

Episode One

In this first episode of the Beatdom Podcast, your host, David S. Wills, talks with Charles Cannon about his Burroughs 100 event, discusses the questions of “What is Beat?” listens to poetry by Beatdom contributor, GK Stritch, and speaks with Michael Hendrick, author of the forthcoming novels Egypt Cemetery and Whiskers in the Wind. As this is our first ever foray into the world of podcasting, please forgive our lack of...

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Competition Time
Mar29

Competition Time

To celebrate crossing a small milestone (900 followers) we are giving away copies of our two most recent publications: Larry Beckett’s Beat Poetry and David S. Wills’ Scientologist! William S. Burroughs and the ‘Weird Cult’. To be entered for a chance to win, please go to the Beatdom Facebook page, and like our most recent status update. After 48 hrs, a random winner will be chosen. Good luck! Edit:...

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Scientologist! William S. Burroughs and the ‘Weird Cult’ Out Now
Mar18

Scientologist! William S. Burroughs and the ‘Weird Cult’ Out Now

David S. Wills’ ground-breaking text, Scientologist! William S. Burroughs and the ‘Weird Cult’ is now available on Amazon as both a paperback and a Kindle ebook. It will soon be available through the Beatdom Books website.   While you’re waiting for your copy to arrive, take a look at some of the essays David has written on the topic of Burroughs and his Scientology infatuation: The Weird Cult: How...

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A Report on The Final Academy: Then & Now
Oct14

A Report on The Final Academy: Then & Now

17th October 2012 sees the publication of Academy 23, an ‘unofficial’ celebration of William S. Burroughs & The Final Academy, compiled & edited by Matthew Levi Stevens & Emma Doeve of WhollyBooks. Contents will include: – articles, essays & reviews from Michael Butterworth of Savoy Books, John Coulthart, Paul A. Green, John May, Mike Stevens, and David S. Wills – new & previously unpublished prose...

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Studying at Saint Hill
Sep21

Studying at Saint Hill

In researching my next book, Scientologist! William S. Burroughs and the ‘Weird Cult‘, I was given the opportunity to speak with one of Burroughs’ friends, Graham Masterton. Masterton was the man who drove Burroughs to Saint Hill, headquarters of the Church of Scientology, shortly before he enrolled in a series of courses there. He was kind enough to share this photo with the readers of Beatdom: The man on the left...

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The Nature of Beatdom Issue 11 (with lots of photos)
Jul23

The Nature of Beatdom Issue 11 (with lots of photos)

Dear Readers, We certainly hope that you like to look at pictures – because this is about as many as we think we can squeeze into a single post. The idea is to show that, while the ebook and kindle formats are handy, Beatdom is still fun to have your own personal copy of, like in the old days of the literary journal, when you stuck it in your pocket or bag and pulled it out to read while on the bus, at the doctor’s office...

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