Profile: Aliya Whiteley

Aliya Whiteley is the author of THE BEAUTY, THE LOOSENING SKIN, SKEIN ISLAND, THE ARRIVAL OF MISSIVES and several other works, from novels to short fiction. She is drawn to the darker side of life, and likes those moments in stories where you have no idea what’s going to happen next. She currently lives in Sussex with her family, and has won, and been nominated, for awards such as the Pushcart Prize, and the Drabblecast People’s Choice Award.


Awards – Wins and Nominations

Short Story Competition runner-up, 2004 (The Guardian)

Writing Prompts Competition runner-up, 2006 (McSweeney’s 13)

People’s Choice Award for Best Story, 2007 (Drabblecast)

Short Story Competition winner, 2012 (British Fantasy Society)

James Tiptree Jr. Award honors list, 2015

Best Novella shortlist, 2015 (Sabotage Awards)

Best Novella shortlist, 2015 (Shirley Jackson Awards)

Best Short Fiction shortlist, 2017 ( BSFA Awards)

Best Novella shortlist, 2017 (Sabotage Awards)

Shadow Clarke Award shortlist, 2017

Best Novella shortlist, 2017 (British Fantasy Society Awards)

Most Recently Published Book (as of March 2019)

This Dreaming Isle

Britain has a long history of folk tales, ghost stories and other uncanny fictions, and these literary ley lines are still shimmering beneath the surface of this green and pleasant land. Every few generations this strangeness crawls out from the dark places of the British imagination, seeping into our art and culture. We are living through such a time.

This Dreaming Isle is an anthology of new horror stories and weird fiction with a distinctly British flavour. It collects together fifteen brand new horrifying or unsettling stories that draw upon the landscape and history of the British Isles for their inspiration. Some explore the realms of myth and legend, others are firmly rooted in the present, engaging with the country’s forgotten spaces.

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Other Work:

New Fears 2: More New Horror Stories by Masters of the Macabre

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The Beauty

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The Loosening Skin

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Skein Island

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The Arrival of Missives

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