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

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...

10 wonderful Powell & Pressburger films from the 1940s

Aliya Whiteley Feature Jun 25, 2015

Emeric Pressburger and Michael Powell brought us so many memorable moments from 1940s cinema. Here are 10 examples...

Den Of Geek Book Club: A Story Lately Told - Anjelica Huston

Aliya Whiteley Review Jun 15, 2015

Anjelica Huston's autobiography is a beautifully written evocation of time and place, but provides scant personal insight...

Looking back at Dennis Potter's Brimstone And Treacle

Aliya Whiteley Feature Jun 15, 2015

Aliya looks back at Dennis Potter's powerfully disturbing, formerly-banned 1976 television play Brimstone & Treacle...

The Realt by James Brogden review

Aliya Whiteley Review May 29, 2015

Book two of James Brogden's Tourmaline trilogy is a satisfyingly complex, pacy imaginative novel that never stops moving forward...

Den Of Geek Book Club: Seeing The Blossom by Dennis Potter

Aliya Whiteley Review May 18, 2015

A transcript of television writer Dennis Potter's final interview is Aliya's non-fiction book club choice for this month...

Den Of Geek Book Club: William Friedkin - Films Of Aberration, Obsession And Reality

Aliya Whiteley Review Apr 15, 2015

This month's film Book Club choice is a study of director William Friedkin that spends as much time on the failures as the successes...

8 great escapist fantasies of World War II

Aliya Whiteley Feature Apr 1, 2015

People have long used films to escape to other worlds and lives. Here are 8 of the best escapist wartime fantasies - starting with Dumbo.

Bitter Sixteen by Stefan Mohamed review

Aliya Whiteley Review Mar 20, 2015

If you know your Calrissian from your Kobayashi, then YA novel Bitter Sixteen is the most fun you can have in the superhero genre...

Den Of Geek Book Club: The Searchers - The Making Of An American Legend

Aliya Whiteley Feature Mar 17, 2015

Glenn Frankel's exploration of famous John Ford's Western, The Searchers, is our Den Of Geek Book Club non-fiction choice this month...

The Changeling and the importance of sound in horror movies

Aliya Whiteley Feature Feb 18, 2015

From the silent era to the present day, classic horror has lent heavily on sound. So what's so special about The Changeling?

Den Of Geek Book Club: Something Like An Autobiography - Akira Kurosawa

Aliya Whiteley Review Feb 16, 2015

Aliya tackles Akira Kurosawa's Something Like An Autobiography in this month's non-fiction Den Of Geek Book Club selection...

Kurt Russell, John Carpenter, and the 1980s action hero

Aliya Whiteley Feature Jan 15, 2015

Why Escape From New York, The Thing and Big Trouble In Little China show Kurt Russell and John Carpenter at their best.

Den Of Geek Book Club: Adventures With The Wife In Space

Aliya Whiteley Feature Jan 15, 2015

Doctor Who fan Neil Perryman introduced his Who-virgin wife to every episode, and Adventures With The Wife In Space is the result...