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

Recent articles by Aliya Whiteley

10 strange novels of the British countryside

Aliya Whiteley Feature
May 10, 2016

The best creepy stories take place against the creepy backdrop of the British countryside. Here are ten of our favourites...

8 amazing British sci-fi novels of the 1950s

Aliya Whiteley Feature
Apr 12, 2016

From Brian Aldiss to Arthur C Clarke, 1950s Britain was rich in fantastic science-fiction novels. Here are 8 of the best...

David Mamet, William H Macy, and their movie collaborations

Aliya Whiteley Feature
Apr 11, 2016

We look at three of the finest collaborations between writer/director David Mamet, and actor William H Macy...

Sherlock Holmes: celebrating Rathbone & Bruce's top 5 films

Aliya Whiteley Feature
Mar 22, 2016

Basil Rathbone and Nigel Bruce's Sherlock Holmes and Dr Watson laid down a terrific on-screen template. We celebrate their top films...

10 amazing animated short films from Hungary

Aliya Whiteley Feature
Mar 16, 2016

Watch ten superb animated short films right here, showcased at the Kecskemét Animation Film Festival...

Boone Shepard review

Aliya Whiteley Review
Mar 14, 2016

Time-travelling journalist Boone Shepard, the lead in an action-packed new YA adventure novel, is a hero everyone can enjoy...

Revisiting The Truth About Cats And Dogs

Aliya Whiteley Feature
Jan 4, 2016

Uma Thurman and Janeane Garofalo starred in The Truth About Cats And Dogs, a 90s movie that deserves more love...

The top 10 films of 2015: Whiplash

Aliya Whiteley Feature
Dec 29, 2015

The wonderful Whiplash won J K Simmons a deserved Oscar. There's even more to recommend than just him though...

Less-known Christmas movies: Santa Who?

Aliya Whiteley Feature
Dec 22, 2015

Our hunt for lesser known Christmas movies of quality lands at the door of Santa Who?, starring Leslie Nielsen. Er, it ain't a classic...

Celebrating the dogs of speculative fiction

Aliya Whiteley Feature
Dec 9, 2015

From Toto to Barnabas, Fluffy to Pongo, Manchee and more, we salute the literary dogs who left an enduring mark on speculative fiction...

Classic film books: Adventures In The Screen Trade by William Goldman

Aliya Whiteley Review
Nov 19, 2015

This month's classic film book is William Goldman's entertaining screenwriting memoir, offering untold insight into the movie business...

Conflicts in the work of screenwriter Nigel Kneale

Aliya Whiteley Feature
Oct 20, 2015

From Quatermass to The Year Of The Sex Olympics, the voice of classic British screenwriter Nigel Kneale is still resonant and exciting...

Classic film books: Film Past, Film Future

Aliya Whiteley Review
Oct 15, 2015

Tim Cawkwell's Film Past, Film Future is a thoughtful, intelligent look at how cinema works and where the art form is going...

The Green Man DVD review

Aliya Whiteley Review
Oct 8, 2015

BBC ghost drama The Green Man feat. Albert Finney and Michael Culver, now out on DVD, is the perfect gem for an autumn night in...

Railhead by Philip Reeve review

Aliya Whiteley Review
Sep 30, 2015

Railhead by Philip Reeve is a playful space adventure for younger readers with captivating action and a hint of Iain M. Banks...

Classic film books: The Greatest Sci-Fi Movies Never Made

Aliya Whiteley Review
Sep 17, 2015

In the first of a new series about classic books on film, Aliya revisits David Hughes' The Greatest Sci-Fi Movies Never Made...

Revisiting Grosse Pointe Blank, starring John Cusack

Aliya Whiteley Feature
Sep 14, 2015

John Cusack's winning turn in Grosse Pointe Blank stands as a compelling companion piece to his work in Say Anything...

What playing the piano means in the movies

Aliya Whiteley Feature
Aug 4, 2015

One of the ways to a moviegoer's heart is through a piano scene. Just ask Bill Murray, Tom Hanks, Judy Garland, and more...

The bad boy image of Steve McQueen

Aliya Whiteley Feature
Jul 31, 2015

We look at a trio of Steve McQueen's lower profile movies, but ones that helped cement his movie star image...

Neil Simon and his wonderful everyday comedy

Aliya Whiteley Feature
Jul 10, 2015

Neil Simon's screenplays have a 'nothing much happens' quality to them. Aliya looks at three of his most endearing examples...

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