Alan Campbell was born and raised in Falkirk, Scotland. He studied Computer Science at Edinburgh University, and after graduating, worked for DMA Design, Visual Sciences, and Rockstar, developing the video games Body Harvest (for the Nintendo 64), Formula One 2000 (PlayStation), and the Grand Theft Auto series (PC, PlayStation 2). After finishing Vice City, he left to pursue a career in photography and writing.
Campbell's debut novel was Scar Night, the first of the Deepgate Codex trilogy, followed by Iron Angel in 2008, and God of Clocks in 2009. Lye Street (novella) is a prequel to the series.