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

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...

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...

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