Beatdom Literary Journal was founded in May, 2007 by David S. Wills. It is an annual journal dedicated to the work of the Beat Generation. Each issue of Beatdom tackles a topic – such as religion or politics – and explores the Beat Generation through that particular lens. Since 2010 Beatdom Books has also published books related to the Beat Generation. You can find these on Amazon.

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  1. Awake the sleeping Giant!

  2. T.J. Schrader July 11, 2011 at 2:07 am

    I cant believe i found this magazine by accident, this can only lead to good things. I personally am inspired by the works of Dr. Thompson and sincerely feel, even though I myself am relatively new to the concept of the beat generation in general, i seem to have found some understanding and common grounds in ways of thinking here. Furthermore I have always toyed with the notion of writing and always found it to be a bit far-fetched considering my background and experience, but this website has actually fueled me with a kind of morbid curiosity i guess, enough to take it for a whirl in the form of essays and such and see how i do anyway. So thanks guys at Beatdom magazine, for providing a place to write about things relevant to people in our generation, which no matter the handle its given, is and by deep definition will always be a kind of “New” Beat Generation.

  3. Hi, T.J.!

    we are glad you like our journal.
    there is a new issue coming out next week with an excellent story about hst by rory feehan, as a matter of fact…and it is only $9.99…

  4. Love this!
    I just found out about this site from an article on Reality Sandwich.
    Thank you for the site!

  5. Morgan Chesley May 7, 2012 at 7:28 pm

    Finding this journal has not only made my day, but possibly my life. Thanks for keeping Beat alive, and I look forward to reading for a VERY long time.

    • thanks, morgan…we had some last minute delays with the release of the latest issue, but take my word for it, it is worth the wait.
      watch the site in the next couple days for photos of the new issue.
      you can also pre-order using your credit card or you can send check or money order to the address listed on the site, if you do not like Paypal. we are also on amazon.com and kindle.com but you cannot send them a check, if you want to. we are user friendly and will take all the checks and money orders people care to send…we are not fussy, as long as they do not bounce. if you want to order more than one copy, contact me at hendrick27@gmail.com.
      thanks, again!!!

  6. Bukowski was great. The Beats were punks!

    • well, bill, we don’t know about that…but it is hard to guess which one of them would be able to take buk in a fist fight. i think if it came to that, burroughs would have just shot him on the spot. maybe kerouac could have taken him but i bet huncke would have knifed him with a stiletto as soon as he got in close..but the Beats were not violent or aggressive, as buk was…well neal cassady got violent at times and he was in shape…there you go…i think cassady could have taken bukowski in a punch-up…so i would beg to differ!

  7. Somewhere on this site I see where you wrote that it was said at one time it would impossible for Naked Lunch to be made into a movie. You must be referring to the abortion created by David Cronenberg which hardly deserves the name it bears. Someone should go to court to have that title removed from that cinematic absurdity. Cronenberg’s film titled Naked Lunch has as much to do with Burroughs work as my anus. In fact, my anus is more relevant.

  8. james wireman May 12, 2013 at 5:01 am

    hey david, I just stumbled across your site and magazine. How great it is to find a Scottish (?)man living in China who is the editor of a journal devoted to the Beat Generation! I look forward to examining your site and various interesting books, especially the ones about WSB and the Church of Scientology. I’ve read tons on both — but you are the first one to put them in one book.

  9. I guess I am of the Beat generation as I was having and raising my children in the 50’s, 60’s & 70’s. I have written 2 books published and have written poetry & short stories. I have not submitted any of my poetry or short stories, not sure why. My writting is taken from live events & made into either short storie or poem. My ? is I am not sure if my writtings would come into the realm of Beat. I guess some would say if you don’t know if it is or not it probably isn’t. judy

  10. Hello David and company,
    I have been wanting to read On the Road for quite some time now, and today I finally picked up a copy and have begun enjoying this novel. Obviously jazz music had a huge impact on Kerouac, and in one of the first chapters he mentions that jazz was in between the, “Charlie Parker Ornithology period and a period that started with Miles Davis.” My question is does anyone know any jazz musicians or specific songs that had a big impact on Kerouac that I could listen to, to get even more into the head of this author. Thanks a lot and keep up the good work!

    • Hi Jacob – Two suggestions: you should check out an essay by a British writer called Jim Burns – ‘Jack Kerouac’s jazz scene’ – once a pamphlet only, but now re-published in a collection called Bohemians, Beats and Blues People; second, why not join the Facebook group called Jazz of the Beat Generation.
      Best wishes, Simon Warner

  11. I was surprised,somewhat pleasantly to find this site. I am 69 years old,and I was in the Beat movement in high school in the San Francisco bay area..Used to sneak over to the City and down to North beach. My mother thought I was a problem,so much so she got the City to send me to a “Shrink”,and I was warned if I did not stop acting incorrigible(this from the cops,when my Mother called them in.) I would be sent to Juvenile detention. So,I played along until I became of age,and still followed the Beat.
    I may write more,if I feel the spirit move me,and thanks for keeping the Beat alive. l

  12. Hi. I want to let you know about a new book on the counterculture in New Mexico: Irwin Klein and the New Settlers (University of Nebraska Press). Irwin Klein was a Beatnik more than a hippie. He took photographs of El Rito and other places in northern New Mexico. Allen Ginsburg spent time in El Rito.


  13. I am being pendantic.. love the page. however .. suggestion:

    “It was her that spent the night talking with Burroughs, Kerouac, Ginsberg, Carr, Huncke, and Chase. She was set up with Burroughs by Ginsberg, who greatly admired both of them, and later became Joan Vollmer Burroughs. William S Burroughs was her second husband.”

    I think it should read..it was she, not it was her.

  14. Westley O. Heine February 21, 2017 at 9:59 pm

    When is the deadline for submissions to the “Family” issue?

  15. Thanks for the site!
    Love from India.

  16. Judy Ploskowitz July 28, 2018 at 7:04 pm

    Author attempts to dig up Vollmer’s influence. Early generation
    of women, like early generation of faggots, contained/controlled by cultural limitations from which she cannot imagine escape….intelligence buried under loyalty to Burroughs.

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