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About Aaron Dries
Author, artist, and filmmaker Aaron Dries was born and raised in New South Wales, Australia. His novels include House of Sighs, The Fallen Boys, A Place for Sinners, and Where the Dead Go to Die, which he co-wrote with Mark Allan Gunnells. His short fiction and illustration work has been published world-wide. Aaron's most recent release is the highly-acclaimed Dirty Heads: A novella of cosmic coming of age horror. Feel free to drop him a line at www.aarondries.com. He won’t bite. Much.
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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.
Post-infection Chicago. Christmas.
Inside The Hospice, Emily and her fellow nurses do their rounds. 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.
Emily, a woman haunted by her past (and a really strong female protagonist), only wants to do her job and be the best mother possible. But in a world where mortality means nothing, where guns are drawn in fear and nobody seems safe anymore – at what cost will this pursuit come? And through it all, the soon to be dead remain silent, ever smiling. Such is their curse.
This emotional horror novel comes from two of horror’s freshest voices, and puts a new spin on an eternal topic: the undead. In the spirit of George A Romero meets Jack Ketchum, Where the Dead Go to Die it 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.
It won't be long before that snow-speckled ground will be salted by blood.
This Christmas Horror novel is perfect for fans of grief horror, emotional reads, and psycholocial suspense thrillers.
Proudly brought to you by Crystal Lake Publishing – Tales from the Darkest Depths
Interview with the authors:
What makes Where the Dead Go to Die different than any other zombie novel out there?
Aaron Dries: The scabs of the zombie genre have been picked at for years. But here, we rip off the old flesh to make way for the new. But there's a lot of blood in between. We've done something different, something challenging, and honest. It's something I couldn't have done alone.
Mark Allan Gunnells: It's an original take on a standard horror trope. We approach the story from a much more emotional place, the horror coming less from the zombies themselves and more from a personal experience with the horror of death and loss and guilt.
How did you experience the process of writing a novel with another author?
Aaron Dries: This was the first time I have collaborated, and I couldn't have asked for a better partner-in-crime than Mark. It took a lot of trust and honesty. I was constantly surprised by the process. Mark would write a sentence that would send my imagination reeling. It was such a fast, living process, ironic considering the undead subject material.
Mark Allan Gunnells: I love the art of collaboration. When it is done right, and I feel Aaron and I did it right, the result is a story that truly neither author could have written alone. It's a blending of our voices and talents to create something wholly unique.
Why should readers take a chance on this suspense thriller?
Aaron Dries: Because this really is something different. It's a fiercely political work. It's about conservatism run amok, about humanity in an inhumane world. And considering the bureaucratic climate in which we currently live, I think it's rather timely.
The story of a boy who dreamed of becoming a man… But dreamed up a monster instead
You’re on the run. Marked. Don’t think about the kid you used to be when you’re homeless and dumpster-diving in the rain. Just eat whatever you find to keep your engine full. Because the shadow with too many teeth wants you tired.
You’re easier to catch when you’re tired.
It has hunted you since the summer of 1994, back when we confessed who we were through mixtapes. When every movie at the video store had dirty heads. You were thirteen and thought you knew who you were. Only the shadow with too many teeth knew you better. It still does. And it won’t stop. Not until you come home.
Back to where it all began.
Part cosmic horror, part coming-of-age monster story, DIRTY HEADS is a terrifying read from the author of HOUSE OF SIGHS, THE FALLEN BOYS, and A PLACE FOR SINNERS
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 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
Proudly represented by Crystal Lake Publishing—Tales from the Darkest Depths.
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
Ko Mai Phaaw, a remote island off the coast of Thailand, awaits its visitors. They will cross the sea at dawn. They always do. All creatures seek retreat in the end.
On the rickety boat is Amity Collins and her brother, Caleb. They have waited years to leave behind their claustrophobic Australian town, an overbearing mother, and their shared traumatic past. For them, this is the long overdue trip of a lifetime.
Also aboard is Robert, a burned-out American businessman in the throes of a midlife crisis. Only he's not alone. Bedbugs and regrets he can't shake have hitched a ride, too.
Tobias, the German backpacker, is in wanderlust. And denial.
Finally, there is Susan Sycamore, a woman with a horrific secret. She has journeyed from country to country, leaving a trail of carnage in her wake.
All of these lives are about to converge on a single strip of sugar white sand. "Discover paradise," the advertisement read. "Come and feed the monkeys!" It sounded like such a good idea at the time.
But on this beach, blood will be shed, and no one will ever be the same.
An uncompromising novel of surreal terror from the author of HOUSE OF SIGHS and THE FALLEN BOYS.
"Aaron Dries helps lead a new generation of Splatterpunk for a new dark age." - Brian Keene, author of The Rising
"I promise that you haven't read anything like this story." - Cemetery Dance
"...My first taste of pure terror in written form." - Kendall Reviews
"The most ghastly representations of guttural evil I have ever laid eyes upon." - Shock Totem Reviews
There are three of them, Sam, Lila and Paul—young travelers 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. Twilight turns to night. All is still. It is then that the travelers 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.
"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."
"Aaron Dries helps lead a new generation of Splatterpunk for a new dark age." - Brian Keene, author of The Rising
"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
"The pacing is tight, the suspense and tension pitch perfect. What really impresses is that in a relatively short piece he creates truly three-dimensional characters that come alive and are completely authentic. He also managed to completely surprise this reader with a killer plot twist. Just when I thought I knew where the story was going, I was completely blindsided-and I mean that in the best possible way. I can't heap enough praise on this writer or this novella."
- Mark Allan Gunnells, author of Companions in Ruin
Check out any of our seventeen screens for tales that will titllate, tease, and terrify. Lesbian zombies? We got 'em! Along with vampires, werewolves, swamp creatures and a host of other nasty beasties. Inside, you will find the first B-Movie Horror Story written for geology junkies!* Yes, come in and enjoy the show. And the best part is...your ticket is good for every screen! No need to sneak from one theater to the next...it is ALL included in the price of admission!
Hurry and find your seat, the show will start as soon as you are ready!
*We base this claim on nothing more than our own best guess. It has no basis in fact and may be an outright lie!
This anthology contains A Golem in Ozone Park starring Jim Sylvestry,
The Lure starring Chantal Boudreau,
A Zinger Must Die starring David Perlmuter,
The Pit starring Terry Alexander,
The Spine-Tingling Tale of the Crystal Golem starring Tom Ribas,
Just the Two of Us starring Anthony Bell,
The Fish Boy starring Eric Dimbleby,
And the Dark Growls Back starring Aaron Dries,
Visitor starring Kelley Kombrinck,
Frightening Cliches starring Bennie Newsome,
Dead Planet starring Ryan Hillis,
Hayride starring Joseph A Polega,
Fish Out of Water starring Carl Barker,
From Rebirth to Reburial starring M.W. Williamson,
North starring MJ Wesolowski,
Revenge of the Zombie Pussy Eater starring Craig Wallwork, and
Keeping it Together starring DK Mok,