Discouraging at Best

Already known for his works of speculative fiction, author John Edward Lawson uses Discouraging at Best to take a look at the “real” world. On the pages within are five interlinked tales that, when pieced together, paint a panorama of apathy, greed, and manipulation.

We follow the self-inflicted plight of working-class families and their efforts to step on others in the race to get ahead. We watch the petty wars of Nobel laureates. We become immersed in the minds of those caught in an ankle-biters rebellion. We are drawn into the intrigues and incompetence of those pulling the strings at the highest level of government. And, ultimately, we wonder: why?

Here the absurdity of the mundane expands exponentially creating a tidal wave that sweeps reason away. For those who enjoy satire, bizarro literature, or a good old-fashioned slap to the senses, Discouraging at Best offers extra helpings of each.

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What People Say

Read this books lowly to savor Lawson’s righteous anger and skillful comic buildup in a satire in the spirit of Jonathan Swift.


A fabulous introduction to John Edward Lawson’s work as well as a treat for long-time fans, these stories are stylistically innovative and engaging. Highly recommended.

Midwest Book Review

Raw Dog Screaming Press has a real winner on their hands—a disturbing, thought-provoking, wildly humorous book. Highly recommended.

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Written in 2001, this book explores what happens when a corrupt, incompetent family comes to live in the white house. It was funny back then…but is it still? See for yourself! #Satire