Alan Wake is a bestselling American author and the main protagonist of the Alan Wake series.
After suffering from a two-year strain of writer’s block, Alan was brought on vacation by his wife Alice to the idyllic Pacific Northwest town of Bright Falls, Washington.
Events took a dark turn when an unseen force kidnapped Alice. Wake fought his way through possessed townsfolk while finding pages of a manuscript he didn’t even remember writing.
Alan Wake never knew his father. As a child, he was terrified of the dark, so his mother eventually gave him an old light switch she called “the Clicker.” She told Alan that the light switch had the power to banish the darkness and that it was a gift from Alan’s father. Alan was no longer afraid of the dark and kept the Clicker in his possession from then on. Alan would later learn that these events had been written into his reality by poet Thomas Zane, possibly implying Zane himself created Alan.
Alan befriended Barry Wheeler at a young age, the two of them often getting into trouble. Alan was typically the one causing this, with Barry bailing them out. Their friendship would continue for years after that into their adult lives. In his teen years, Alan became a fan of Stephen King, who inspired him to become a writer when he grew up.
In a horror story, the victim keeps asking “Why?” But there can be no explanation, and there shouldn’t be one. The unanswered mystery is what stays with us the longest, and it’s what we’ll remember in the end.Alan Wake, Episode 1: Nightmare