About John Edward Lawson (Long)

John Edward Lawson is the author of 16 books of fiction and poetry, and numerous chapbooks. Over 500 of his poems, stories, and articles have been published in magazines, anthologies, literary journals, and newspapers worldwide. He has been called “The forgotten black man of horror,” but he also regularly publishes science fiction, bizarro, mystery/thrillers, and literary fiction.

John was a winner of the 2001 Fiction International Emerging Writers Competition; in addition to being a finalist for the Stoker Award (2006, Superior Achievement in Poetry) and the Wonderland Award for Bizarro Fiction (2007, collected fiction), other award nominations include two for the Dwarf Stars Award, the Elgin Award, the Pushcart Prize, two for the Rhysling Award, and honorable mention for the 2015 Wonderland Award.

As an editor John is co-founder of Raw Dog Screaming Press, recognized by the Horror Writers Association in 2019 with their Specialty Press Award. He spent four years as editor-in-chief of The Dream People online literary journal of bizarro fiction and poetry. Other editorial projects include three print anthologies, four e-anthologies, and freelance work for such companies as National Lampoon and Double Dragon Publishing.

You can encounter John traveling the USA for book tours, panel discussions, speaking engagements, and leading workshops for organizations and universities. Topics he specializes in are entrepreneurship, productivity, publishing, writing, and disenfranchised communties in the arts. When he’s not on the road you’ll find John managing Broadkill Writers Resort where he regularly hosts writing retreats and specialized workshops at the beach on Delaware Bay. He is also founder of AllAccessCon, an event organizing company for making virtual and hybrid convention space available to attendees, vendors, and event sponsors.

John currently serves as vice president of Diverse Writers and Artists of Speculative Fiction. Other organizations he is a member of the Horror Writers Association, International Association of Innovation Professionals, Internet Marketers Association, and Nonfiction Authors Association.

Since a young age John has been involved in the visual arts. As a photographer John’s photography has been used as cover art for books, in marketing campaigns, and as home decor. He has also participated in the production of numerous short films, including award winners Party Girl and Uberman: An Experiment in Consciousness. Director Jayson Densman collaborated with John spawning a trilogy of PoVids derived from his poetry. His music project, Rage Inducer, has released seven singles and EPs with several more recorded and ready for distribution.

As a storyteller reviewers have compared John to J. G. Ballard, Clive Barker, Donald Barthelme, Ray Bradbury, William Burroughs, Wes Craven, David Cronenberg, R. Crumb, James Herbert, Shaun Hutson, John Irving, Franz Kafka, Sarah Kane, HP Lovecraft, the Marx Brothers, Carlton Mellick III, Monty Python, Vladimir Nabokov, George Orwell, Chuck Palahniuk, Johnathan Swift, Walter Tevis, and Kurt Vonnegut. If any of this sounds good to you please consider investigating his books.

About John Edward Lawson (short)

John Edward Lawson’s novels, short fiction, and poetry have garnered nominations for many awards, including the Stoker and Wonderland Awards. In addition to being a founder of Raw Dog Screaming Press and former editor-in-chief of The Dream People he currently serves as vice president of Diverse Writers and Artists of Speculative Fiction.

Contacting John

Newsletter: https://www.subscribepage.com/JohnEdwardLawsonNewsletter

Bookbub: https://www.bookbub.com/authors/john-edward-lawson

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/JohnEdwardLawsonAuthor

Goodreads: http://www.goodreads.com/author/show/33938.John_Edward_Lawson

Instagram: http://instagram.com/bizarroguy#

LinkedIn: John Edward Lawson on LinkedIn

Twitter: https://twitter.com/bizarroguy

John’s music: http://rageinducer.com/

John’s photography: https://johnlawson.zenfolio.com/

Permission is granted to freely use the above photograph for promotional or press purposes. Taken by the author ©2019.


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  2. windhound says:

    You are one busy guy! Many thanks for finding time to visit and follow dragonshades. Everyone loves a story.


  3. Thank you for the blog following John, well done on your writing success to date, hopefully I am following in your footsteps, thanks for the inspiration here on your blog and I look forward to reading your work. Clarabelle


  4. Thanks for visiting and following my blog! I look forward to updates to your site.


  5. I see you live around the same area that I do.
    Perhaps there have been days that we have slowly passed each other….while stuck in traffic.
    The horror of it all!!


  6. Louie says:

    Hello there my friend. Thanks for following and visiting my blog. I hope you enjoyed viewing all the pieces I have captured. Cheers- Louie


  7. AirportsMadeSimple says:

    What’s up?


    1. Hi, thanks for checking my page out! I’m good today and hope your day is awesome!


      1. AirportsMadeSimple says:

        back atcha! 🙂


  8. AirportsMadeSimple says:

    same to you!!


  9. alison41 says:

    Thanks for visiting my blog & signing on as a follower. Be warned: I write on a wide variety of topics – not all such high flown literati themes. See ya!


  10. homeflair says:

    You’re so accomplished, it’s inspiring:) Thanks for visiting Homeflair.


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