Alex Ironrod is the pen name of John Alex Houlton, who grew up in the North of England & has lived for many years in California. Alex has been writing all his life - scripts for TV documentaries, film & theatre reviews, speeches & reports. Alex turned to Gay, BDSM  & Erotic fiction in 2005.         

    His latest mystery series leads two young LAPD detectives through the world of fast cars and kinky businessmen & lawyers in LEATHER NIGHTS and LEATHER DAYS, while finding their own Leather relationship. Now his heroes have become private investigators in DECEPTION – PALM SPRINGS [Spring 2014] & CAGED – CATHEDRAL CITY [late 2014]. These are the result of his successful trilogy SUBMISSION, DOMINATION, OBSESSION [Finalist for the Fiction Prize of the International Leather Coalition 2010].

    Alex likes to vary genres. RED KNIGHT RISING is the product of his interest in life in the Middle Ages, particularly the challenges facing gay men. It details the adventures of two English knights who sign up to go on Crusades with King Richard the Lionheart. THE HIGHWAYMEN takes readers into the bawdy and dangerous world of 1750s London, before moving on to ‘the American colonies’. He has two collections of varied short stories THE IRONROD CHRONICLES PARTS I & II.

    Details of all his books can be found on this website   

     In addition to giving readings from his novels in Los Angeles & San Francisco, he has taught workshops and classes on various aspects of the Leather lifestyle, & appeared on panels about gay erotic fiction at such events as International Leather Sir/boy [San Francisco], MAL [Washington DC] Kinky College [Chicago], CLAW [Cleveland], & Desert Fetish Authority [Palm Springs].

    Now semiretired, he relishes life as author, working theater actor/director [3 Desert Theatre League Awards], researcher & charity board member. He continues to enjoy riding occasionally, both Western and English, after many years as an owner/rider. Most important are his relationships with his partner Hank, with butch and boymichael, as well as enjoying the camaraderie and support of friends across the world.