As Exarchopoulos, Lloyd self-published several novels, which were swiftly deleted from their online homes after anarchists on Mastodon linked Lloyd with Anarqxista Goldman. (The Daily Beast has reviewed archived versions.) Before their deletion, Lloyd tried selling the books’ film rights via a London literary agency, which lists one book in its Autumn 2019 rights catalog.
A blurb describes the book as “part moral philosophy primer, part incel manifesto,” featuring a main character who “spends most of his time online, either pretending to be a woman for sexual gratification, or grooming young women on Tumblr in an effort to wheedle his way into their real-life space.”
Angel Belsey, Exarchopoulos’s former literary agent, told The Daily Beast that she’d long suspected Exarchopoulos was a pen name for a man. Belsey, who now runs an independent publishing house, hasn’t represented Exarchopoulos since 2020, and said she found the new allegations against Lloyd disturbing.
“I always knew Dionysia was almost certainly a man who was cosplaying as a woman, but that didn't bother me; she wrote a really compelling—occasionally shocking and disturbing—narrative in her Diogenes work, and to me the blurry lines between what was real and what was fantasy were what made me want to represent it,” Belsey told The Daily Beast via email. “I did say to [the literary agency’s founder] at the time that if I were to meet up with Dionysia, I would only do so in a public place!”