Sometimes, survival is a sin.

Amity Collins has been deaf since she was seven. That was the day the wild dogs attacked, fighting for her bones. The day her father died. This trip to Thailand is exactly what Amity and her brother, Caleb, need—freedom... As their boat slits through saltwater, Amity, Caleb and the other passengers are having the time of their lives. They watch the island emerge on the horizon. Its trees twitch, as though impatient or hungry. Within its shadows, secrets best kept hidden will be unearthed. Sacrifices will be made. Terror will reach out to grasp Amity, as real and frightening as what’s lurking in the dark.

 358 pages
Publisher: Samhain Publishing (May 6, 2014)
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


The road to forgiveness is covered in blood!

Marshall Deakins has tried to come to terms with the tragic suicide of his young son. But it still tortures him. His search for answers will lead him down a twisted path paved with secrets and grotesque lies. Instead of peace he finds madness, held captive as part of a deranged plan filled with suffering…and blood. As the nature of his captors’ insanity is revealed, Marshall will need to confront the truth about his son and his own past if he hopes to have a future.


Read an excerpt HERE!

Paperback: 304 pages
Publisher: Samhain Publishing (October 2, 2012)
ISBN-10: 1619210681
ISBN-13: 978-1619210684


"The Fallen Boys is a relentless, sick and twisted journey into real-world horror and madness, and a novel every fan of the genre MUST read!" 
- David Bernstein, author of Amongst the Dead

"Dries is indeed a master storyteller... The Fallen Boys not only reminded me of why I fell in love with the horror genre, it also reminded me that there is horror and then there is horror. 5/5 stars."
- Not Now Mommy's Reading.com

"The Fallen Boys is like a long fuse that's been lit at both ends, with these two seemingly separate stories burning toward an inevitably explosive collision... I think we've found an exciting new voice in horror fiction..."

- FearNet.com

"It will upset and maybe even offend. It will trick you and make you wince. But above all else, The Fallen Boys will move you. This is a tale you will never forget, as told by one of the most important new voices in the genre." -- Hellnotes.com

HOUSE OF SIGHS - a novel

A busload of captives on an express ride to terror!

It’s the summer of 1995, and the passengers of the Sunday bus into town have realized that something is very, very wrong with their driver. They don’t know that she began her day planning to kill herself. But they know that she’s threatening to kill them. They began the ride as her passengers, but now they’re her captives. She’s already shown she won’t hesitate to use that gun in her hand, and no one wants to be the next to die. They have no idea where she’s taking them, who will be left alive when they get there, or what‘s in store for the survivors. With a madwoman at the wheel, the bus has gone far off its route, deep into insanity. And for most of the passengers, the next stop will be their last.


Read an excerpt HERE!

Paperback: 280 pages

Publisher: Samhain Publishing (March 6, 2012)
ISBN-10: 1609287452
ISBN-13: 978-1609287450

Samhain Horror
Barnes & Noble

"...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.”
- Nate Kenyon, author of Bloodstone and Sparrow Rock


- 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)
Barnes& Noble

"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


Dark Hallows: 10 Halloween Haunts

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.