Beatdom Updates

Beatdom #20 is on Sale

I am really happy to be able to say that Beatdom #20 is now – finally – on sale. We were meant to publish this issue a month ago, but the whole pandemic situation put a spanner in the works.

This issue of Beatdom is a little different from previous ones. Rather than focusing on the usual suspects – Kerouac, Ginsberg, Burroughs – we have expanded our field of interest to include people that came later or even after the Beats. For this reason, we’re calling this “the Post-Beats issue.”

Apparently, this was an inspiration. Beatdom #20 is more than 250 pages long. This makes it significantly longer than the previous record holder – our 10th anniversary special edition, which was 160 pages.

In any case, I hope that you will enjoy this 20th installment of your favourite Beat Generation-themed literary journal. There is plenty inside it to help you through the tedious days of lockdown. (You can see the contents of Beatdom #20 below.)

We’ve welcomed some old faces back into the contributor list this time and included a few new ones, too. As always, the cover is by the wonderful Waylon Bacon. Thanks to all the brilliant people who helped in pulling this issue together.

Cover by Waylon Bacon.


“Hunter S. Thompson and the Beat Generation” by David S. Wills

“Pregnancy always makes me want to fuck more: Sexual and Maternal Desire Entanglements in Diane di Prima” by Ambar Geerts Zapién

Two Poems by Eliot Katz

“The Encounter Robinsonian: Weldon Kees and Denise Levertov, April–October 1955” by James Reidel

“Review of Kerouac: The Last Quarter Century” by Robert Niemi

“Interview with John Sampas” by David Daniel

“William S. Burroughs, Timothy Leary, Drugs, and Control: When the Beats Split into the Hippies and the Punks” by Westley Heine

“Chasing Hunter’s Literary Persona Through the Pages: A conversation with Hunter S. Thompson scholar, Dr. Rory Patrick Feehan” by Noel Dávila

“The Beaten Generation: Burroughs, Ginsberg, Thompson… and the Battle of Chicago” by Leon Horton

“A Shoe that Fits the Mind: A Review of Ginsberg’s South American Journals” by David S. Wills

“The Deconstruction and Resurrection of Bob Kaufman” by Ryan Mathews

“Fear and Loathing in Utero” by Leon Horton

How to Read Beatdom #20

As with previous issues of the journal, Beatdom #20 is available on Amazon as a printed book and also as a Kindle publication. You can find them at the links below:

Due to the Covid-19 situation and problems with deliveries in various locations, we are not taking PayPal orders at the moment. If it is still possible to order non-essential items via Amazon in your area, please use that for print orders. If there are any bookshops open in your area, you can inquire there.

We know that this is a difficult time for people all around the world. Unemployment rates are soaring, lots of people still itch to get outside, and daily life is a struggle. For that reason, we have decided to make Beatdom #20 free as a PDF file so that anyone who wants to read this issue is able to, regardless of financial struggles.

We have hosted the free PDF version of the magazine at Issuu. This is a free hosting service and there may be some ads there, but we have no control over that. You can find the free version here:

Of course, it costs money to put together a publication like that and so we ask humbly those who are in a position to do so to consider a small donation. It will help to keep Beatdom afloat – hopefully – for another year.

Thank you and if you have any questions/problems/suggestions/complaints/compliments, you can direct them to

David S. Wills

David S. Wills is the founder and editor of Beatdom literary journal and the author of Scientologist! William S. Burroughs and the Weird Cult, World Citizen: Allen Ginsberg as Traveller, and High White Notes: The Rise and Fall of Gonzo Journalism.

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