Fyre Festival Co-Founder Billy McFarland Penning His Memoir From Prison

The book, in his opinion, will cover his $26 million restitution bill

Billy McFarland
Billy McFarland chaired the Fyre Festival. (Patrick McMullan/ Getty)
By Ariel Scotti / May 3, 2019 10:53 am

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Convicted fraudster Billy McFarland, the co-founder of the ill-fated Fyre Festival, is hand-writing a book that he sends, in pieces, to his girlfriend from his jail cell at the Federal Correctional Facility in Otisville, New York.

The book, tentatively titled Promythus: The God of Fyre, was shared with a freelance editor — Josh Raab — by McFarland’s girlfriend, Ana. Raab, thankfully for the rest of us, then told his story to New York magazine.

“Last month 2 documentaries came out about the FYRE FESTIVAL but unfortunately both misrepresented the real events and Billy would like to share his story,” Ana (aka Anastasia Eremenko, a Russian model), wrote to Raab.

After a series of calls with Ana that gave Raab an in-depth look at McFarland’s comeback plan, the editor was introduced via phone to the “god” himself. Raab was informed that the book would be about 800 handwritten pages (which were being typed up by Ana). Over the following weeks, McFarland explained his vision for the book — which chronicles his career from the first Fyre investment to the FBI paying him a visit days after the festival imploded— over phone calls and emails with Raab.

McFarland sees this book as his The Wolf of Wall Street, a book-turned-movie that starred Leonardo DiCaprio written by stock manipulator Jordan Belfort, or his Molly’s Game, the movie depiction of the memoir written by Molly Bloom, the Olympic hopeful turned underground poker ringleader.

The felon is scheduled for release in 2024 and has been ordered to pay $26 million in restitution. The book, in his opinion, will help cover that cost. While that remains to be seen, people do seem hungry for grifter stories. So who knows?

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