Sometimes, survival is a sin.
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.
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
"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."
"...My first taste of pure terror in written form."
"The most ghastly representations of guttural evil I have ever laid eyes upon."
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