House of Sighs, an award-winning, psychological experience is back in print, and includes the exclusive novella sequel The Sound of his Bones Breaking  - launches May 11th in paperback and Kindle from Crystal Lake Publishing

Board for free. But the cost might be your life.

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.

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 leave you truly shaken.

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Author, artist, and filmmaker Aaron Dries was born and raised in New South Wales, Australia. His novels include House of Sighs, The Fallen Boys, A Place for Sinners, and Where the Dead Go to Die, which he co-wrote with Mark Allan Gunnells. His short fiction and illustration work has been published world-wide. Feel free to drop him a line at He won’t bite. Much.

Check Out What Others Are Saying About This Book

“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, author of The Hitcher and Near Dark

“Prepare to be blown away.”

Dread Central

"... 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."


"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
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