Barry Lyga

Barry Lyga is the New York Times bestselling “YA rebel-author” (Kirkus Reviews) of I HUNT KILLERS, hailed by the LA Times as “one of the more daring concepts in recent years by a young-adult author” and an “extreme and utterly alluring narrative about nature versus nurture.”

After graduating from Yale with a degree in English, Lyga worked in the comic book industry before quitting to pursue his lifelong love of writing. His first young adult novel, THE ASTONISHING ADVENTURES OF FANBOY AND GOTH GIRL, received starred reviews from Booklist and School Library Journal. Publishers Weekly named Lyga a “Flying Start” on the strength of the debut.

Since then, he has published eighteen novels in various genres including the I Hunt Killers Trilogy, the Archvillain Trilogy, the Flash Trilogy, the Brookdale Books and the graphic novel, MANGAMAN (with art by Colleen Doran). His books have been published in more than a dozen different languages in North America, Australia, Europe, and Asia.

Lyga lives and podcasts near New York City with his wife, author and media maven, Morgan Baden, their nigh-omnipotent daughter, and their preternaturally chill son. He and Morgan host Writing in Real Life – a podcast about writing, parenthood, publishing and marriage. His comic book collection is a lot smaller than it used to be, but is still way too big.

He speaks about writing and publishing young adult fiction.

Barry Lyga

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Books, Films & Projects


Trailer for I Hunt Killlers

Barry Lyga introduces I Hunt Killers

Shut Up and Write: Barry Lyga speaks about becoming a writer.


What would happen if social media posts were punishable by mob justice? Announcing the release of THE HIVE, the new cyber-thriller for young adults from New York Times bestselling authors Barry Lyga and Morgan Baden. “Frighteningly believable,” says Publisher’s Weekly. Available September 3. Pre-order your copy.