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Aaron Dries' first novel, HOUSE OF SIGHS, was written on a number of borrowed laptops and hostel computers whilst backpacking through South East Asia.

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Former pizza boy, retail clerk, kitchen hand, aged care worker, video director and copywriter, Aaron Dries was born and raised in New South Wales, Australia. When asked why he writes horror, his standard reply is that when it comes to scaring people, writing pays slightly better than jumping out from behind doors. His second novel, The Fallen Boys, is just as--if not more--twisted than his debut. He is currently hard at work on a third book, a collection of short stories and numerous paintings. Feel free to drop him a line. He won't bite.

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A knife in the back. Christmas carols. Welcome to the House of Sighs.

By On Dec 24 2012, 6:12 am

The following is an excerpt from my debut novel, “House of Sighs”. Here, Reggie Frost indulges in the spirit of Christmas. For her, it’s the end of the world masquerading as every dream come true. For us, we who know better, it’s a fantasy born from the horrifying murder of this poor mother’s family (in fact, there is a knife in her back and she’s caught between a conscious state and the lullaby of darkness) … It’s neither pretty nor merciful, as the festive season so often can be. Delusions, after all, can have claws.

“A bulb switched on in the Frost home and a slice of light cut across the lawn. A silhouette moved past the living room window. The soft shhhh-shhhh-shhhh of its dragging feet could be heard from outside. Then all fell silent. It studied the landscape on the other side of the rain-speckled glass. It saw grass, the driveway and the monolithic form of the bus wrapped in blue nightfall. These things did not hold its attention. It focused on the dead trees near the veranda, at the fairy lights winking into life in its branches. It tilted its head and saw the Christmas cutouts. It was early November and yet it felt a chill. The silhouette looked up at the sky. The storm clouds were gone.

Something fell across Reggie’s vision in gentle, downward swirls. “I can’t believe it,” she said, blinking.

It was snow.

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HALLOWEEN IN A HALLOWEEN-LESS LAND

By On Oct 31 2012, 5:41 pm

There’s a chill in the air shaking leaves from the trees. It’s Ray Bradbury season, didn’t you know? There are pumpkins with carved faces, some beautiful though often grotesque, peppering the streets of your town— Well, not my street. Not in my town. When Halloween approaches in my little neighborhood, I glance around and watch [...]

Halloween in a Halloween-less Land

By On Oct 31 2012, 9:00 am

There’s a chill in the air shaking leaves from the trees. It’s Ray Bradbury season, didn’t you know? There are pumpkins with carved faces, some beautiful though often grotesque, peppering the streets of your town— Well, not my street. Not in my town. When Halloween approaches in my little neighborhood, I glance around and watch [...]

Writing Without Mercy

By On Oct 4 2012, 1:28 am

Tagged as aaron dries, blog, cyber bullying, frightening, Horror, & 9 more...

This is an excerpt from an email I received. It’s from a woman who read my first novel, House of Sighs. It appears here, with her permission. “Your [Explicit/Deleted] book should be [Explicit/Deleted]-ing burned. I’ve never read anything so upsetting in my life!!!! And this has got nothing to do with your writing – it’s [...]

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