Brian Ruckley was born and raised in Edinburgh, Scotland and studied at the University of Edinburgh and the University of Stirling. He lived for a time in London but is now based in Edinburgh again.
He is currently the author of five published works. The first two were short stories; "Farm Animal" was printed in 1993 in the British science fiction magazine, Interzone #74, and "Gibbons" was printed in 1999 in the magazine The Third Alternative, now called Black Static. His first book, Winterbirth was published in 2006 by Orbit Books in both the US and the UK. Winterbirth was followed by its sequel, Bloodheir, which was released in 2008, also by Orbit Books, as was the third book, Fall of Thanes released in 2009.