Alison 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 a Professor of Film at the University of Leeds, where she teaches screenwriting. 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 published in the Graveyard Smash anthology.
She is also a critic, and has written for Buzzfeed, The Stylist, Bloody Women and many more. She has been interviewed about her research for the Wall Street Journal, New York Times, Guardian and Radio 4, among many others. She also collaborates with a number of international film festivals on their horror programming, including Etheria Film Night (Los Angeles), Final Girls Berlin, Ax Wound (Vermont), Kurja Polt (Ljubljana) and SlashFilm Festival (Vienna). She particularly enjoys festival work as everyone is nice to her and takes her out for dinner.