Aliya Whiteley

Aliya Whiteley lives in West Sussex and writes prose, poetry, and non-fiction. Her first two comic novels were published by Macmillan, and her collection of speculative short stories, Witchcraft in the Harem, was published by Dog Horn Publishing in April 2013. She has written for Lonely Planet, The Guardian, McSweeney's Internet Tendency, Strange Horizons, Word Riot, Per Contra, Smokelong, and many others. Her website can be found at

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Recent articles by Aliya Whiteley

Revisiting So I Married An Axe Murderer

Aliya Whiteley Feature Sep 9, 2014

One of Mike Myers' lesser-known films, 1993's So I Married An Axe Murderer is well worth revisiting, Aliya writes...

The stop-motion animation of Ladislas Starevich

Aliya Whiteley Feature Sep 2, 2014

An early pioneer in stop-motion animation, Ladislas Starevich's strange, touching films work still entertain today, Aliya writes...

Den of Geek Book Club: Lord Of Misrule

Aliya Whiteley Feature Sep 1, 2014

Aliya reads Christopher Lee's autobiography Lord Of Misrule, and finds a witty book full of anecdotes and a surprising amount of golf...

Gimme Shelter DVD review

Aliya Whiteley Review Aug 22, 2014

Vanessa Hudgens stars in the true-life drama, Gimme Shelter. Here's Aliya's review of a strongly-acted film...

Den Of Geek Book Club: Wiseguy: Life In A Mafia Family

Aliya Whiteley Feature Aug 1, 2014

This month's film and TV non-fiction book selection is Nicholas Pileggi's renowned Mafia crime biography, Wiseguy...

Mystery DVD Club: Truck Turner

Aliya Whiteley Feature Jul 31, 2014

Aliya delves into Isaac Hayes's career and comes up with the not-quite-thriller, Truck Turner...

The black and white genius of Kubrick and Sellers

Aliya Whiteley Feature Jul 25, 2014

You don't need us to tell you Stanley Kubrick was great at making films. But there's something special about his work with Peter Sellers...

Joss Whedon: Geek King Of The Universe review

Aliya Whiteley Review Jul 18, 2014

Aliya reviews Amy Pascale's biography of Joss Whedon, a chronological look at the many beloved projects he's worked on...

Looking back at Bill Murray's lost sci-fi movie

Aliya Whiteley Feature Jul 14, 2014

Nothing Lasts Forever is a 1984 sci-fi movie with Zach Galligan and Bill Murray that disappeared. Yet it's resurfaced.

Stalingrad 3D Blu-ray review

Aliya Whiteley Review Jul 9, 2014

Aliya's blown away by the scale of this Russian WWII movie, but feels oddly distanced from it all the same...

Pantani: The Accidental Death of a Cyclist DVD review

Aliya Whiteley Review Jul 3, 2014

A sad but occasionally beautiful documentary about a tragic story - so, more than just a sports documentary, then? Here's Aliya's review...

Den Of Geek Book Club: Pictures At A Revolution

Aliya Whiteley Feature Jul 1, 2014

This month's film and TV non-fiction book choice is Mark Harris' Pictures At A Revolution...

Looking back at Peter Sellers in Hoffman

Aliya Whiteley Feature Jul 1, 2014

Aliya looks back at the film Peter Sellers wanted destroyed and finds it very, very dark indeed...

The Art Of Neil Gaiman review

Aliya Whiteley Review Jun 23, 2014

Aliya reviews Hayley Campbell's book on the life, work and art of Neil Gaiman...

Remembering Robert Mitchum

Aliya Whiteley Feature Jun 11, 2014

He might not have wanted to be called an actor, but Robert Mitchum was still a pretty great one. Aliya recommends his best movies...

Parenting, according to 1990s sci-fi movies

Aliya Whiteley Feature Jun 5, 2014

Fighting interstellar war or saving the world from invaders is tough, but it's nowhere near as hard as raising the next generation...

Den Of Geek Book Club: Who On Earth Is Tom Baker?

Aliya Whiteley Feature Jun 2, 2014

Welcome to our inaugural Book Club meeting, putting Tom Baker's 1997 autobiography under discussion...

Looking back at Bedazzled

Aliya Whiteley Feature May 21, 2014

Aliya takes a look back at a smart, biting, but devilishly funny comedy starring Peter Cook and Dudley Moore...

Generation War Blu-ray review

Aliya Whiteley Review May 19, 2014

There have been plenty of films made about World War II before, but this new three-part series has something new to say...

Join the Den Of Geek Book Club

Aliya Whiteley Kaci Ferrell News May 16, 2014

Welcome to the Den Of Geek Book Club! A club in which Den Of Geek readers will read books...