Beatdom is proud to announce the publication of Chris Kelso‘s next book, Burroughs & Scotland.
Coming in 2021, ‘Burroughs & Scotland: Dethroning 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.
‘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 (https://www.dan-mcneil.com/burroughs-and-scotland)
“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