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.
"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
Board for free. But the cost might be your life.
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
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About the Author
Australian author, artist, and award-winning filmmaker Aaron Dries helps lead a new generation of Splatterpunk for a new dark age (Brian Keene, author of The Rising). His debut novel House of Sighs was written whilst back-packing through South East Asia, including Thailand, where inspiration struck for his book A Place For Sinners. Aaron won the international Leisure Books/ChiZine/Rue Morgue Magazine Fresh Blood contest, and later released The Fallen Boys, described by filmmaker Mick Garris (director of Stephen King's The Stand and Masters of Horror) as beautiful and brutal. He collaborated with Mark Allan Gunnells on the apocalyptic thriller Where the Dead Go to Die, and recently published the novellas And the Night Growled Back (Cemetery Dance) and The Sound of His Bones Breaking (Crystal Lake Publishing). His short fiction has appeared in numerous horror anthologies. He is currently at work on a new novel and multiple screenplays. For more information visit aarondries.com or contact him on Twitter @AaronDries
"This taut, grisly thriller reads like a sick and twisted extreme horror Speed. Artfully shifting point of views alternate with repulsive Grand Guignol in a story where you don't know who - if anybody - will make it. Catch this bus at your own risk." - Eric Red (writer of The Hitcher, Near Dark, White Knuckle)
"...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
"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' debut 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
"One of the most horrifying books I've ever read. I know it's cliché to say you're hooked from the first page, but it is absolutely true here. The first chapter packs a gut-punch that completely shocked me as both a reader and a parent. I read House of Sighs in just a few days, only putting it down when I had to." - The Horror Fiction Review
"... A deeply unsettling book and a powerful debut. There isn't enough quality Australian horror fiction out there, and in the face of this, Dries proves himself an author to watch." - Hellnotes.com
"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