About Aaron Dries
Raised in a small New South Wales town in Australia, Aaron Dries, 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. His novels to date include WHERE THE DEAD GO TO DIE, co-authored with Mark Allan Gunnells, A PLACE FOR SINNERS, THE FALLEN BOYS, and HOUSE OF SIGHS - the sequel to which is due in 2018.
Dries 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.
He is currently at work on a new novel.