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John Edward Lawson

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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

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Average rating: 3.94 · 1,034 ratings · 141 reviews · 48 distinct works
The Troublesome Amputee

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Sick: An Anthology of Illness

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Last Burn in Hell: Director...

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Discouraging at Best

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A Child's Guide to Death

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Tempting Disaster

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Devil Entendre

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“Feet sandaled with dreams tread paths of vision leading to wisdom’s sharp peaks.”
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“Reality is shaped by the forces that destroy it.”
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“Ideas are like fish. If you want to catch little fish, you can stay in the shallow water. But if you want to catch the big fish, you’ve got to go deeper. Down deep, the fish are more powerful and more pure.They’re huge and abstract. And they’re very beautiful.”
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Ꮗ€♫◗☿ ❤️ ❤️ Thanks for being my friend.
I look forward to our interactions!
*Wendy Curtsies

message 39: by Dale (last edited Jul 19, 2014 05:16PM)

Dale Thele John, thank you for the Goodreads friend connect.
Wishing you the very best!

message 38: by John

John Lawson Stephen wrote: "Thanks for the add... you look busy. LOL"

Ha, I am! But I'm always interested in meeting new authors and readers on GR. Hope you had a great July 4th!

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Stephen Biro Thanks for the add... you look busy. LOL

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John Lawson Susie wrote: "thanks, for the add!"

My Pleasure, Susie :)

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Susie Sexton thanks, for the add!

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Eric Birk Thank you for becoming goodreads friend.

Aparajitabasu I'm hosting a twitter party today right now, if you have time then please participate, till will run till 10:00am EST.

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Kristy Hey nerd! I was hoping to see you at Horrorfind back in September but alas, you were nowhere to be found. Any chance you'll make it to Rock & Shock?

Harlequin Books Hi John, it's a pleasure to meet you.

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Dawn Kunda Thanks for being my friend. I was just in DC for The RWA National. It's a great place. Your books look good and scarey...perfect for fall reading.

message 28: by Kristy

Kristy I'm still outside your window... I'm just broadening my on-line horizons.

I was glad to find you on here too. I like to give props to the authors I really enjoy!

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D.A. Schneider Hello, John.

My new book, The 9 Ghosts of Samen's Bane, is available now at and Have a great day.

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Lincoln Hey, J.E.!

Sorry I haven't finished your book yet -- but I'm working on it... I just can't get a minute to myself these days! I cannot WAIT to get some beach-read time in this year (ANY beach... even RADIATION beach, at this point)! LOL


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D.A. Schneider Thanks for adding me. The first chapters of Avenging Autumn and The Wintermen are on my profile now.

message 24: by Saleh

Saleh Hi.What We Talk About When We Talk About Love?PLZ Answer The Question In My Profile.

Cristina thanks for the add! :)

Chel ♪ hey John
Thanks for adding me
smiles =D

Ramin_lion How do you know that you are in the year 2008?

چه جوری میفهمی که الان در سال 2008 هستی؟؟
1) You find out that your family that is not more than 3 people have 4 or 5 mobile telephone numbers.
یهو نگاه میکنی میبینی خانواده ات که 3 نفر بیشتر نیستن ؛ 4 یا 5 خط موبایل دارن
2) You send an Email to a work colleague even though he/she is sitting at a desk right next to yours.
واسه همکارت ایمیل میفرستی در حالی که میز بغل دستی تو نشسته
3) Your relationship with family members and friends that have no Email gets worse and you hardly contact them.
رابطه ات با اقوام و دوستانی که آدرس ایمیل ندارن رو به وخامت میره و تو به سختی میتونی باهاشون ارتباط داشته باشی
4) You park your car outside your house then use your mobile to phone the house to ask for assistance with carrying the shopping in.
شما ماشینتون رو جلوی خونه تون پارک میکنین ..بعدش موبایلتون رو در میارین و به خونه زنگ میزنین که بیان کمک و چیزایی که خریدین رو از ماشین پیاده کنن .
5) Every TV advert has an internet address at the bottom of the screen..
هر آگهی تلویزیونی یه آدرس اینترنتی هم زیرش داره
6) Leaving the house without taking your mobile phone with you makes you really stress and rush back to pick it up even though you managed to live without one for 20 or 30 years of your life.
وقتی خونه رو بدون همراه داشتن موبایلتون ترک میکنین باعث میشه استرس تمام وجودتون رو بگیره و دوباره با عجله برگردین خونه تا ورش دارین در حالی که قبلا بدون موبایل 20-30 سال از عمرتون رو گذروندین و بدون هیچ مشکلی
8) As soon as you wake up in the morning you check the internet even before you have your coffee.
صبحها قبل از خوردن چایی و قهوه تون تا بلند میشین اولین کاری که میکنین سر زدن به اینترنت هست
9) You are now reading this, smiling and shaking your head.
شما الان در حالی که این ایمیل رو میخونین سرتون رو تکون میدین و لبخند میزنین ...
10) You are so busy reading this that you didn’t even notice that this list has no number 7.
و این قدر سرگرم خوندن این ایمیل بودین که حتی توجه نکردین که این لیست شماره 7 نداشت ..
11) You went back up to check that there is no number 7.
شما دوباره برگشتین تا چک کنین که شماره 7 رو داشته یا نه؟
12) I am sure if you scrolled up that you will find number 7, its just that you didn’t notice it.
و من مطمئنم که اگه شما دوباره به بالا برگردین حتما شماره 7 رو پیدا میکنین ...این مال اینه که شما بهش توجه نکردین
13) You scrolled up again but you did not find number 7. I am making fun of you of course, this goes to show that you have no trust in yourself and that you believe anything said to you.
شما دوباره بر میگردین بالا ولی باز هم شماره 7 رو پیدا نمیکنین .. البته که من با شما شوخی کردم و این نشون میده که شما به خودتون هم اعتماد نمیکنین و هرچی بقیه بگن باور میکنین

Ramin_lion Hi John. Thanks so much for the add

شاد شدم ؛ از اينكه دوستي مرا فراخواند
اميدوارم دوستان خوبي براي يكديگر باشيم

message 19: by William

William Hey John
Look forward to talking books
William Elliott Hazelgrove
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iyan dhiannia HeLLo...thanKs so MucH foR tHe iNVitE...wiSh moRe UseFULL 4 me ^_^

Rosemary John, thanks so much for the invitation. You have a provactive line-up of books. I'm especially intrigued by A Child's Guide to Death.

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Dianne Ascroft Thanks for adding me to your friends, John. It's great to meet an editor who must understand the author's viewpoint too - cause he's been there!

Dianne Ascroft,

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Roger Cottrell Aha,
You're the guy from Raw Dog Press that I was advised to contact regarding a number of my projects. I DO have a publisher for SOME of my crime thrillers but thus far, no takers on the horror and science fiction.
Thanks for the friendship on Goodreads and drop me a line here or on

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Beth Hi John,
I'm always happy to befriend a fellow author!

Kondalrao thanks for adding my name as your friend.

SassyMama Hey,'s nice to meet you...thanks for the invite into your circle of friends...quite an intriguing profile...Congrats on all your novels, poetry and screen of luck to you in all your future endeavors...looking forward to sharing chats, reviews and any/all recommendations...have a blessed end of the week...and Happy Reading & Writing :-)

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Yvonne Thanks for adding me to your friends!

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maria Hey there,John
Thank you for add me as your friends.
It`s my honor to be in your friends list.
Best regards

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Lee Thanks for being my goodreads buddy, John!

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Catherine Hi John - thanks for the friends request! :-)

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Robin Stevenson Hi John,
Thanks for adding me as a friend.
Best wishes- Robin

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W.B. Thanks for the invite, John!

I think we had correspondence earlier this year, unless I'm mistaken..about the Dwarf Stars anthology...that you?

Howdy either way! :-)

Lincoln Pocket full of Loose Razorblades??? Duuude! I can't wait to check it out! Macabre Post-modernism rocks!!!


Abbeville Press Hey, John- thanks for the add!
Be sure to keep up with our profile- we'll update often with the latest on our website, our books, and our exciting new online media!

Louise Hey, John! Nice to see you here. Take care ~ Louise ~

Jeremy I want to apologize for the all the recommendations from me today. I only pressed the send button once--I'm not sure what happened.

Argh...this is terrible...

Again, I'm very sorry.


Bradley We are now Goodreads friends. Time for a dance party!

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