While serving a six-year sentence at the Otisville Federal Correctional Institution in New York, Fyre Festival founder Billy McFarland is reportedly writing a memoir pretentiously titled Promythus: The God of Fyre.
According to New York Magazine, McFarland’s girlfriend Anastasia Eremenko reched out to writer and editor Josh Raab at the beginning of February to bring him on board to help edit McFarland’s book. The con artist has been writing out the pages to his memoir by hand, and then sending them in letters to Eremenko to type, and the book is anticipated to clock in at approximately 800 handwritten pages.
The novel is set to follow McFarland’s career from the company’s first investment in 2011 until the FBI paid him a visit after the festival fiasco. “Much of McFarland’s plan centers around telling what he calls the ‘raw’ story,” according to New York Magazine. “The story he feels that the Hulu and Netflix documentaries – both released in January 2019 – failed to fully depict.”
Using Wolf Of Wall Street Jordan Belfort as his role model, Fyre Festivals's Billy McFarland is mapping out his comeback after serving his sentence for fraud. His first step? A self-published memoir called Promythus: The God of Fyre. https://t.co/xSXKAXMLXv
— Stephen Thomas Erlewine (@sterlewine) May 3, 2019
Throughout conversations between Raab and McFarland, the large-scale scammer drew parallels to his story and other con men he admired like Jordan Belfort and Molly Bloom. Allegedly, McFarland intends to self-publish the work in an effort to help cover the $26 million in restitution.
Although the memoir was slated for release at the end of April and has not yet surfaced, McFarland explained that he needs the book to drop quickly because “the festival will not be a one and done event – it’s happening again, so the original story will lose the potential to be told and set the stage if it’s not done before the next events take place.”
Raab ultimately turned down the project.