John Edward Lawson has been called “the forgotten black man of horror,” but he also regularly publishes science fiction, bizarro, mystery/thrillers, and literary fiction. He is the author of the novels Last Burn in Hell (Raw Dog Screaming Press, 2005) and New Mosque City (Raw Dog Screaming Press, 2010).

His debut fiction collection was Pocket Full of Loose Razorblades (Afterbirth Books, 2005), which included “Expectations of the Needy” (Pushcart Prize nominee and winner of the 2002 Fiction International Emerging Writers Competition). Other collections are Discouraging at Best (Raw Dog Screaming Press, 2007; USC Wonderland Award nominee), Lawson vs. LaValley (Raw Dog Screaming Press, 2011), Truth in Ruins (Raw Dog Screaming Press, 2013), Devil Entendre (Raw Dog Screaming Press, 2014), Paramourn: Unfortunate Romances (Off the Chain Books, 2014; USC Wonderland Awards honorable mention), and SJWs Destroy Bizarro Volumes 1-4 (Off the Chain Books, forthcoming).

His illustrated books include A Child's Guide to Death with LaValley, Malfi, and Sullivan (Raw Dog Screaming Press, 2007).

He was the editor of Of Flesh and Hunger (Double Dragon Press, 2002), Sick: An Anthology of Illness (Raw Dog Screaming Press, 2003), and Tempting Disaster (Raw Dog Screaming Press, 2005).

His poetry collections include The Scars Are Complimentary (2002), The Plague Factory (Poetic Inhalation, 2004), The Horrible (Naked Snake Press, 2005), The Troublesome Amputee (Raw Dog Screaming Press, 2006; Bram Stoker Award nominee, two-time Rhysling Award nominee, two-time Dwarf Stars Award nominee), SuiPsalms (Raw Dog Screaming Press, 2013), Wholesome Terror: Lawfully Combative Verse (Raw Dog Screaming Press, 2014), and Bibliophobia (Raw Dog Screaming Press, 2019).

John lives in Maryland with his family, and currently serves as vice president of Diverse Writers and Artists of Speculative Fiction.