Alison Peirse is from Leeds. She spends her days in her garden shed, writing books about horror films. She is drawn to the untold stories of women working in film, both in front of and behind the camera. She has a particular penchant for historical studies, because they require her to squirrel around in film archives (which is a Great Joy).


Alison is an Associate Professor of Film at the University of Leeds, and a culture critic. She was a long-time contributor to the hugely popular design portal Pixelsurgeon, and has written on films, books and music for Metro, Leeds Guide, Yorkshire Evening Post, and National Media Museum

She has read scripts for BBC Films, Screen Yorkshire, Duck Soup Films and Northern Film & Media, and she is script editor of the multi-award-winning horror feature film Dark Beacon. She writes fiction when she feels like it, working across prose, playwriting and screenwriting. She has collaborated with BBC WritersRoom, Penguin Random House and  the Royal Court Theatre. Her stage play Euphoria was long-listed for the prestigious Bruntwood Prize for Playwriting, and her short story 'Atmosphere' was recently published in the Graveyard Smash anthology.


Alison also collaborates with a number of international film festivals on their horror programming. She finds festivals very enjoyable as everyone is nice to her and takes her out for dinner.