MJ Lyons is an extensively published writer, journalist and game maker. Over a decade-long career he has covered arts, culture, science and politics based out of Toronto, including a monthly column with a colleague, History Boys, on lesser-known LGBTQ history for DailyXtra.
MJ’s second book, QUEER WEREWOLVES DESTROY CAPITALISM, was published by Microcosm Press in May 2021, and his first novel, Murder at the World’s Fair, a steampunk murder mystery adventure, was released by Renaissance Press in June 2019. He has also published short stories in Clockwork Cairo: Steampunk Tales of Egypt, an anthology published by Twopenny Books and Chaos Theory: A Life is Strange Fanzine.
He has also undertaken a small publishing venture, Goblin Cat Zines, which produces high production, limited issue zines and chapbooks by emerging queer, trans and non-binary authors and artists. Goblin Cat has put out three zines, Horrifying Beasts from Our Trans NIGHTMARES, DARK: a zine of queer BDSM erotica and Painting Church Street in Lavender.
MJ has contributed print, digital and script writing to Much TV, NOW Magazine, Torontoist, the National Post, FemHype, Plenitude Magazine, KAPSULA Magazine, Memory Insufficient e-zine, Buddies In Bad Times Theatre blog, Toronto Is Awesome blog and Fab Magazine, to name a few.
He has also written multiple episodes of LongStory, Bloom Digital Media’s award-winning episodic mobile visual novel for young people, and provided world-building material for AMP: Year Three, the third instalment of a modern day superhero tabletop RPG. MJ also contributed writing to Later Daters, a dating game set in a retirement community by Bloom, and is a contributing interactive writer on the development team of The Last Taxi, a dystopian resource management game.