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 published his first novel, Murder at the World’s Fair, a steampunk murder mystery adventure, with Renaissance Press in June 2019. He has also published a story in Clockwork Cairo: Steampunk Tales of Egypt, an anthology published by Twopenny Books, and a limited print chapbook, Temple of Cats and a short story zine, QUEER WEREWOLVES DESTROY CAPITALISM.
He 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, an in development 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
MJ manages the bookstore side of Glad Day Bookshop, the world’s oldest surviving LGBTQ bookstore.