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Burroughs and Scotland

Beatdom is proud to announce the publication of Chris Kelso‘s next book, Burroughs & Scotland.

About the Book

Coming in 2021, ‘Burroughs & ScotlandDethroning the Ancients/The Commitment of Exile‘ – an unexplored chapter in the life William S.Burroughs. Researched by award-winning, multi-translated writer and editor Chris Kelso (and fully-illustrated by Shane Swank), Burroughs & Scotland discusses the gentleman junky’s early impact on the Scottish literary landscape, his turbulent relationship with Alexander Trocchi, and his dalliance with the sinister Edinburgh Org branch of Scientology – plus many more stories of Caledonian mischief and anarchy.

About the Author

Kelso has written nine novels, three short story collections and edited five anthologies. His work has appeared in Evergreen Review, Sensitive Skin, 3AM Magazine, New Coin, and many more.


 ‘Kelso, in writing Burroughs & Scotland, reanimates Burroughs’ corpse, reincarnates Burroughs in the corps of contemporary Scottish writers and contributes new and pertinent knowledge to the Burroughs corpus.’ – Steve Finbow, author of Grave Desire


“Informative, engaging and intelligent, its small size belies its muscular heft.” – Dan McNeil (

“A very welcome book.” – Beat Scene

“a painstakingly researched account of William S. Burroughs’ time in Scotland… a job very well done.” – 3AM Magazine

” Burroughs and Scotland […] is an exploration of Burroughs’s rarely mentioned but highly-formative era in Scotland, jam packed with broadly hinging historical significance.” – LitReactor

“Central to the text is Burroughs attendance at the now infamous International Writers Conference which […] was a riotous affair but also a significant one and Kelso expounds it here to great effect.” – Fugitives and Futurists


Burroughs & Scotland is available on Kindle and as a paperback.

David S. Wills

David S. Wills is the founder and editor of Beatdom literary journal and the author of Scientologist! William S. Burroughs the Weird Cult and World Citizen: Allen Ginsberg as Traveller. His next book, High White Notes: The Rise and Fall of Gonzo Journalism comes out in November, 2021.

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