David S. Wills founded Beatdom in the summer of 2007, just after graduating (in MA Literature) from the University of Dundee. Since then he has remained the magazine’s editor-in-chief, while working and travelling around the world. He has run a bookshop in South Korea, farmed in California, lectured in China, made cider in Cambodia, run a marathon in North Korea, and currently focuses on writing and editing for Beatdom.
His first novel, The Dog Farm, was published in 2011, followed by Scientologist! William S. Burroughs and the ‘Weird Cult’ in 2013. Soon after, he self-published a book of short stories, called 6 Stories. In 2019, his next book, World Citizen: Allen Ginsberg as Traveller, was published, and High White Notes: The Rise and Fall of Gonzo Journalism, will be published in 2021.
Apart from Beatdom, David has written for LitHub, Quillette, Empty Mirror, the Allen Ginsberg Estate, the US Library of Congress, American Book Review, Litro, and many more publications. He has been quoted or cited in The New York Times, Harper’s, and Time.