Mark Barrowcliffe

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Mark Barrowcliffe
Born (1964-01-01) 1 January 1964 (age 54)
Coventry, United Kingdom
Pen name M.D. Lachlan
Occupation Journalist, novelist
Language English
Nationality United Kingdom
Alma mater University of Sussex
Period late 1990s–present
Genre Fantasy, nonfiction, journalism
Notable works Girlfriend 44
Lucky Dog
The Wolfsangel Series

Mark Barrowcliffe (born 14 July 1964), also known as M.D. Lachlan and Mark Alder, is an English writer. He was born in Coventry and studied at the University of Sussex. After graduating, Barrowcliffe worked as a journalist before penning his first novel, Girlfriend 44. He then made a name for himself writing "lad lit".[2] He currently lives and writes in Brighton, East Sussex, and South Cambridgeshire.[3]

Barrowcliffe wrote under the pseudonym "M.D. Lachlan" for the Wolfsangel series, which began with Wolfsangel in 2010 and continued to Lord of Slaughter in 2012. A fourth novel in the series, "Valkyrie's Song", is in progress. He was drawn to fantasy after penning The Elfish Gene.[3]

In 2013, Barrowcliffe began a new series, 'The Banners of Blood', under another pseudonym "Mark Alder", with the first book titled Son of the Morning.

Early life[edit]

Barrowcliffe felt that, as he was growing up, he kept his distance from girls and "cool kids", and he turned his attention to the role-playing game Dungeons & Dragons.[1] His experiences as a child are detailed in his book The Elfish Gene.[1]


The Wolfsangel series[edit]

The Banners of Blood series[edit]

  • Son of the Morning (2014, as Mark Alder)
  • Son of the Night (2017, as Mark Alder)

Stand-alone works[edit]

Adaptations of his works[edit]

Ron Howard has secured the film rights for Barrowcliffe's novel Girlfriend 44, and Infidelity for First-Time Fathers is in development with 2929 Entertainment.[3]


  1. ^ a b c "Interview: Mark Barrowcliffe, Author". 2 February 2009. Retrieved 16 March 2013. 
  2. ^ Virshup, Amy (19 November 2008). "Newly Released". The New York Times. Retrieved 16 March 2013. 
  3. ^ a b c "Mark Barrowcliffe (Author of The Elfish Gene)". Goodreads Inc. Retrieved 16 March 2013.