About Aaron Dries
In 1984, Wes Craven unleashed Freddy Krueger on the world. That year also saw lonely children riding Luck Dragons in The Neverending Story. And somewhere between these two pop culture events, there was the (relatively) unnoticed birth of a ginger-haired child.
Raised in a small New South Wales town in Australia, the former video store clerk, pizza delivery boy, retail specialist, aged-care nurse, document scanner, video editor, commissioned artist and amateur filmmaker always had a strong interest in creating stories. Were it hand-drawn X-Files comic books or home-made movies starring himself and his family (the best of which had Aaron running over a friend with a lawnmower, followed closely by a remake of Scream starring his brother as Drew Barrymore), there was always something in the works.
Aaron graduated from the University of Newcastle with a Bachelor of Communication under his wing, majoring in creative writing and video production. As a filmmaker, he won a number of awards for his short films at home and abroad, including Best Film at the Newcastle Film Festival for Placebo, coinciding with the publication of his earliest stories in literary magazines.
His first novel, HOUSE OF SIGHS, was originally written under the title Disunity for the Leisure Books / Rue Morgue/ Chizine Publications FRESH BLOOD Contest. The premise of the novel stemmed back to a local murder that took place in Aaron's adolescence. A mother on his pizza delivery route shot and murdered her husband and children before turning the gun upon herself. As was the case with everyone who read about the incident, Aaron's mind churned with questions of morality. Why do bad things happen to good people? What is the origin of evil? What makes apparently sane people do insane acts? These questions would become the genesis for HOUSE OF SIGHS some years later.
When he is not writing, Aaron Dries is thinking about writing, or upcoming film projects. He is also an avid traveler. The first draft of his debut was written over a three month period on a borrowed semi-functional laptop whilst living in overseas hostels.
People often ask Aaron, Why horror? Why aim to terrify and disturb people?
To this he has very little justification. "I guess I write horror because it pays better than jumping out from behind doors and scaring people- although I've got no plans to stop doing this either."
Aaron's second book was the highly-acclaimed THE FALLEN BOYS, which was voted as one of THE BEST HORROR NOVELS OF 2013 by FearNet, alongside works by Stephen King and Joe Hill. Also available is AND THE NIGHT GROWLED BACK, a disturbing novella set in the Icelandic wilderness. His third novel is A PLACE FOR SINNERS, which is already garnering glowing advanced praise:
"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