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A PLACE FOR SINNERS - a novel

Sometimes, survival is a sin.

Amity Collins, a 20-year-old deaf woman, and her gay brother Caleb, have lived a sheltered life since the death of their father thirteen years ago, a day of gunshots and wild dogs. Now the time has come to escape their mother’s hoarded home in Australia, and a history of trauma they haven’t been able to reconcile—until now. Their adventure abroad isn’t just wanted. It’s essential. With flights booked, they leave their claustrophobic town behind, nervous yet hopeful.

The Collins siblings backpack through the jungles of Thailand, drink and dance in Bangkok, accumulating friends. There is laughter, budding love, delicious risk. Amity has never felt more awed. Or alive.

Everything changes when they purchase boat tickets to a tourist trap the locals call Bastard Island. ‘Discover paradise,’ the advertisement reads. ‘Come and feed the monkeys!’

But there on that remote beach, surrounded by people Amity doesn’t know or trust, the trees twitch as though impatient or hungry. From within those shadows, savagery is about to be unleashed.

The tide of teeth is near. Those sands will run red. And on Bastard Island, even survival is a sin.

A Place for Sinners is a surreal, ultra-violent odyssey into the absolute heart of darkness in us all. It will snatch you by the throat, blindside you with its twists, and leave you too broken to ever travel again.

Paperback: 306 pages

Publisher: Poltergeist Press (July 15, 2019)

ISBN: 978-1-61922-264-9

"I am not someone given to hyperbole, so when I say A Place for Sinners is a compelling example of the best the genre has to offer, you can take me at my word. Not only is it one of the best written novels I've had the pleasure to read in quite some time, it has all the trademarks of a talent bound for the bestseller lists. Remarkable."

- Kealan Patrick Burke, Bram Stoker Award-Winning author of KIN

"Like the country in which it's set, A Place for Sinners is fascinating, evocative, dangerous and surprising. A harrowing roller-coaster ride of a novel that'll leave you dazed and shaken."

- Brett McBean, author of Wolf Creek: Desolation Game

"Combine the dark, poetic prose of Clive Barker with the high-octane suspense of Dean Koontz and you get a hybrid of horrifying fiction by Aaron Dries. He's a true master at writing prose that will make your skin crawl... If hell were a tropical island off the coast of Thailand, then Aaron Dries has masterfully described its creepy atmosphere and hidden terrors in A Place for Sinners. A viscous island, compelling characters, and an original serial killer make A Place for Sinners a must-read for horror fans. Highly recommended."

- Brian Moreland, author of The Devil's Woods and The Witching House

HOUSE OF SIGHS and its sequel,

THE SOUND OF HIS BONES BREAKING (two-in-one edition)

This award-winning, psychological experience is back in print, and includes the exclusive sequel The Sound of his Bones Breaking, a novella that will leave you leave you truly shaken.

Board for free. But the cost might be your life.

“This taut, grisly thriller reads like a sick and twisted extreme horror SPEED. You don’t know who, if anybody, will make it. Catch this bus at your own risk.” – Eric Red, The Hitcher and Near Dark

In House of Sighs, Local bus driver, Liz Frost, pulls the gun from her mouth and decides to live with her loneliness for one more day. She dresses, combs her hair, and goes to work. Nine souls board her route that fateful morning in rural Australia, nine souls who Liz drags back to her home against their will. She wants to build a new family from these passengers, men and women who are willing to kill to avoid becoming her kin. The bus leaves a trail of carnage in its wake as it rockets towards a house that has held its secrets for far too long, a place where crows now gather, ready to feed on whatever is left behind.

“Prepare to be blown away.” – Dread Central

Includes the sequel novella The Sound of his Bones Breaking:

Trauma has teeth. Big ones. And it’s always hungry for seconds.

Aiden and Danny down their beers in the open bar overlooking the road, legs brushing together, about as far as they let their public displays of affection go in that part of Australia. The warm breeze and pounding music—their last happy memory. Everything changes when the taxi pulls up and its drunken driver stumbles out, starting a street brawl that leaves Danny broken and bleeding on the ground. In an attempt to give his lover the space he needs to heal, Aiden accepts an employment opportunity in Thailand, and the two men set off overseas, their fates sealed air-tight within the confines of the airplane. But in the claustrophobic hush of their tiny Bangkok apartment, and while Aiden goes off to work, instead of mending, Danny’s old scars begin to sing... The lonely walks. The woman cooking bones in a vat of broth, whispering at him to eat the parts that hurt. The flies nobody but Danny can hear. A burning desire to trace his heritage of hurt back to ground zero, and there, find someone to blame.

The Sound of his Bones Breaking is the dread-infused sequel to House of Sighs.

“Aaron Dries is a master of emotional horror. And there is horror here, but it’s heightened by his authentic characters and their raw emotions. Dries makes you feel, makes your heart break. He also surprises you, taking the story in directions you’d never see coming.” – Mark Allan Gunnells, author of Asylum and Companions in Ruin

Paperback: 280 pages

Publisher: Crystal Lake Publishing

  • ASIN: B07CR5MMHB

"...Pulls out all the stops... The villains Dries creates are incredibly realistic and absolutely terrifying... [It] will please any horror fan looking for an entirely unique, twisted tale."

- RT Book Review

"It totally blew me away ... I have a new favorite author on my radar."

- David Bernstein, author of Amongst the Dead

"For those of you who want to be sobered by your scares, I heartily recommend House of Sighs."

- Adam Cesare, author of Tribesmen

"Aaron Dries has written a fast-paced, blood 'n guts, edge-of-your-seat horror novel that should definitely establish him as an author to keep an eye on ... So get on the bandwagon and get yourself a copy of Dries' freshman effort and be prepared to be blown away."

- Dread Central

“House of Sighs grabs you from page one and displays moments of real brilliance. It's fast, scary and disturbing.”

A Novel of Psychological Horror

Memories scream behind every blink: the footage of Marshall’s son, Noah, and of his long, fatal fall. Remains beneath a blood-stained morgue sheet. Good times, shattered.

Marshall’s hunger to understand the reason for his son’s suicide devours his life. It appears that the boy’s secret will remain buried with him—until Marshall discovers something tucked into the seams of a musty, old teddy bear. It is a portable thumb-drive, the contents painting a chilling portrait of a child who was desperate to be heard, and his mysterious Internet friend who was only too happy to listen. And whisper, whisper, whisper.

Step by step, Marshall must track these digital footprints into very real and very dark woods, unaware that he is being led into a maze of lies and violence from which he may never return.

The Fallen Boys is a gut-wrenching novel of extreme psychological horror from the author of House of Sighs and Where the Dead Go to Die.

“…A terrific book. Beautiful and brutal. Heartbreaking and incredibly emotional.” – Mick Garris (director of Stephen King’s The Stand, and creator of Masters of Horror)

“A tale you will never forget, as told by one of the most important new voices in the genre.” – Hellnotes

WHERE THE DEAD GO TO DIE

- a novel by Aaron Dries

and Mark Allan Gunnells

Euthanize to Survive

There are monsters in this world. And they used to be us. Now it's time to euthanize to survive in a hospice where Emily, a woman haunted by her past, only wants to do her job and be the best mother possible. Here, men and women live out their final days in comfort, segregated from society, and are then humanely terminated before fate turns them into marrow-craving monsters known as 'Smilers'. Outside these imposing walls, rabid protesters swarm with signs, caught up in the heat of their hatred.

This emotional, political novel comes from two of horror's freshest voices, and puts a new spin on an eternal topic: the undead. Where the Dead Go to Die is an unforgettable epilogue to the zombie genre, one that will leave you shaken and questioning right from wrong ... even when it's the only right left.

Paperback: Amazon.com, or wherever good books are sold.

Ebook: Amazon.com

Publisher: Crystal Lake Publishing

ISBN-10: 1684187567      ISBN-13: 978-1684187560

"Two authors, both with a strong talent for characters and emotion. They take a familiar lump of clay-Zombies and what they pummel and prod and pull and mold turns out to be a story that is anything but hackneyed. It is a story of survival and loss. About grieving and striving. It is honest and painful and scary. It reeks of carrion, like we all do."

- John Boden (author of JEDI SUMMER)

"One of the best books I've ever read--and this is coming from a jaded horror fan who tends to avoid books about the 'Z' word like the plague (if you'll pardon the expression)! Dries and Gunnells have written a timely tale of the living dead that is not only horrifying, but heartbreaking on so many levels. If this one doesn't leave you in tears, you must be among the infected already. Bring on the Crowners"

- James Newman (author of ODD MANOUT, ANIMOSITY, and UGLY AS SIN)

"Where the Dead Go to Die is the kind of zombie tale horror fansand horror writers always hope for - something original. Aaron Dries andMark Allan Gunnells have taken the worn-out tropes and turned them inside out."

- JG Faherty (Thriller- and Bram Stoker-nominated author of The Cure)

AND THE NIGHT GROWLED BACK

- a novella

They shouldn’t have run.

There are three of them, Sam, Lila and Paul—young travellers with nothing but the clothes on their backs, and yet, everything to lose. Their visit to Iceland has invigorated their senses…until the carnival. There, a single punch is thrown. A man lies dead on the ground. Blood speckles Sam’s bruised knuckles. In a blind panic, they flee the scene and disappear down an unpaved road, winding through the barren landscape. Soon they find an empty cabin, the perfect place to hide until they figure out what to do. Dead is dead; wrong is wrong—this cruel truth is etched into their minds as though carved with a rusted blade.

Twilight turns to night. All is still. It is then that the travellers realize they are not alone. Something is lurking out there. In the dark. They can hear its growls. And to the creature, the guilty and the innocent taste exactly the same. 

E-book only: 68 pages

Publisher: Samhain Publishing (October 1, 2013)

ASIN: B00DOOCB38

"Like [The Fallen Boys], this new piece takes relatable actions and emotion - in this case anger, jealousy and panic - and spins them into horror that is as tragic and effective as anything based in the supernatural... And then, just about the time we're locked in to thinking this is a straightforward piece about how a moment of anger and aggression can change everything, Dries flips the story upside down, turning it into a shocking and violent siege story that kick starts an adrenaline-fueled finale."

- FearNet.com

"Aaron Dries, Australia's Edgar Allen Poe, has a talent most other authors can only dream of."

- Iain Rob Wright, author of The Final Winter

ANTHOLOGIES

AARON DRIES STORY: "Freight Train Tommy"

Halloween just got a whole lot darker...

DARK HALLOWS: 10 Halloween Haunts is a wonderfully chilling collection of creepy tales that will have readers up late into the night--but only if they leave a light on!

This new offering from Scarlet Galleon Publications and Editor Mark Parker, includes stories from industry luminaries and new voices alike: Brian James Freeman, Al Sarrantonio, Robert Morrish, Norman Partridge, Ronald Malfi, Aaron Dries, Adam Cesare, Mark Parker, and Lisa Morton. And features a never-before-published tale from Cemetery Dance founder and publisher, Richard Chizmar!

Each story is beautifully accompanied by original artwork from Aaron Dries, making this a must-have for book lovers and collectors everywhere. It’s one frightful ride readers won’t want to miss.

Exploring the chilling haunts of Dark Hallows, is to take a journey into the very heart of Halloween, where readers are reconnected with the best, and hopefully worst, the 'dark holiday' has to offer.

AARON DRIES STORY: "Love Amongst the Red Back Spiders"

Featuring illustrations by Aaron Dries

This non-themed Dark Fiction anthology plunges the reader into worlds filled with serial killers, ancient gods, vengeful rednecks, cowboys, elevators, forests, lakes, frozen ponds, hell-bound elevators, and much, much more.

The line-up includes Ramsey Campbell, Jack Ketchum, Lisa Morton, Edward Lee, Tim Lebbon, Raven Dane, Rocky Alexander, Jim Goforth, Hal Bodner, Glen Johnson, Richard Chizmar, Rena Mason, Ben Eads, Aaron Dries, and Jan Edwards.

AARON DRIES CONTRIBUTION: "Placebo" screenplay and an interview.

The definitive guide to filmmaking and filmmakers by the best in the field.

Horror 201: The Silver Scream, the follow-up to the Bram Stoker Award nominated Horror 101: The Way Forward, delves into the minds of filmmakers to see what it takes to produce great horror films, from the writing and funding process, to directing, producing, and writing tie-ins.

It’s a tome of interviews and essays by some of our favorite artists.

Film legends and authors such as John Carpenter, Wes Craven, George A. Romero, Ray Bradbury, Ed Naha, Patrick Lussier, Stephen Volk, Nancy Holder, Tom Holland, John Shirley, William Stout, and John Russo want to share their expertise with you through informative, practical, career-building advice.

These are the folks behind movies and novelizations such as A Nightmare on Elm Street, Scream, Dark Shadows, Sleepy Hollow, Supernatural, Buffy, Resident Evil, The Stand, Sleepwalkers, Masters of Horror, The Fly, Critters, Tales from the Crypt, Child’s Play, Fright Night, Thinner, The Langoliers, Ted Bundy, Final Destination, Re-animator Unbound, Halloween, Apollo 18, The Eye, Night of the Living Dead, The Crow, The Mist, Pan’s Labyrinth, and Raiders of the Lost Ark.

Horror 201 also entertains. You’ll see a side of your favorite authors, producers, and directors never seen before – combining fun and entertainment with informative career-building advice.

Horror 201 is aimed at arming generations of authors, screenwriters, producers, directors, and anyone else interested in the film industry, from big budget movies to the independent film circuit, as well as the stage.

Whether you’re an accomplished author or screenwriter, writing as a hobby, or have dreams of writing screenplays or making movies, Horror 201 will take you on a behind the scenes tour of the Horror movie industry from Hollywood to the UK and Australia.

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