The Backstory:

Tyrus Books was founded in the summer of 2009 by Benjamin LeRoy and Alison Janssen after the pair left Bleak House Books.

The first title published by Tyrus Books was the Lambda Award finalist, Silver Lake by Peter Gadol. Other early titles included The Deputy by Victor Gischler, Hello Kitty Must Die by Angela S. Choi, and the anthology Delta Blues edited by Carolyn Haines and featuring Morgan Freeman, John Grisham, James Lee Burke, Charlaine Harris, and others.

Veteran authors who had been part of the Bleak House Books line-up came over to Tyrus including multi-Edgar Award finalist Reed Farrel Coleman and Victoria Houston.

In the spring of 2011, Scott O’ Connor’s debut novel, Untouchable, was selected by Barnes and Noble for inclusion in their Discover Great New Writers program. It would later go on to win the Discover Award for Fiction.

Also in the spring of 2011, Tyrus Books was acquired by F+W Media.

The People:


Ben LeRoy grew up in Madison attended college in Milwaukee, and has been running publishing companies–first Bleak House Books, now Tyrus Books–since the turn of the century. He has traveled the country extensively including stops on stage with the President and hanging out with Jesco & Mamie White in Boone County, West Virginia. He blogs regularly for Hey, There’s a Dead Guy in the Living Room and less regularly for The Huffington Post. He also discusses Tyrus Books, publishing, and a whole bunch of other nonsense on Twitter (@TyrusBooks). His personal website, featuring various thoughts about music, baseball, books, and American-ness, can be found at www.benjaminleroy.com


Known for checking out stacks of books from the library—only to return a week later for more—Ashley enjoys a wide variety of fiction. Favorites include Ender’s Game and anything by Christophers Moore and Fowler. She has worked with Ben for five years as part of both Bleak House Books and Tyrus Books. Now, she’s put on her editor hat to help save the world from plot holes and humdrum characters one book at a time.