Waylon: So, after The Fallen Boys came A Place for Sinners, which I have to confess I have not had a chance to read yet. What can you tell me about this one?
Aaron: It’s another angry book! I’m an avid traveler. And A Place for Sinners, among other things, is about the unnecessary way we damage a place as tourists – be it directly, or by shaping their economy, or way of life. There’s a lot of natural beauty out there that foreigners have warped into exaggerated shadows of themselves. That’s heartbreaking. That’s what that book was about. Mostly. That and killer monkeys.
Waylon: Well, if there are killer monkeys, I’m definitely in!
Aaron: Everyone loves killer monkeys. Look, it’s a crazy book. It’s the most bonkers thing I’ve written. It’s like if David Lynch wrote the Lonely Planet guide. It’s surreal, yet grounded. It pushes the limits. It doesn’t fit together. It’s not meant to. It’s meant to be messy. It’s me genuinely attempting to create in a reader, or more importantly, to STIMULATE A) the sensation of disbelief when you are a tourist and go somewhere completely foreign; and B) to STIMULATE the genuine disorientation of what it feels like to be completely alone and afraid.
Waylon: I know you’re working on a few different projects at the moment. Are you ready to talk about any of those ventures?
Aaron: I’m actually working on two pieces at the moment. One is a novella that I’m co-writing with Mark Allan Gunnels, which is coming along great. It concerns something I never in my lifetime thought I’d ever write about. It’s about zombies, sort of. It’s us putting a nail in that sub-genre. It’s us putting zombies to bed. It’s very real, it’s emotionally wrecking; the undead are secondary to the plot. It’s very unlike anything I’ve read before.
The second thing I’m working on is BIG. It’s the first book in a projected trilogy. I’m about halfway through the first draft of that first book, and I can honestly say it’s the scariest thing I’ve written. It’s deep. It’s dark. It’s supernatural. And it’s set in a nursing home. I can’t wait to reveal it to the world. I think it’s going to really frighten people, and really upset some. I’ve never in my life actually seen or read anything that actually conveyed what it’s REALLY like to be a resident in a nursing home, or to be one of the workers. It’s not an expose, but it’s an honest reflection of what really goes on there. The good, the bad, and the ugly.
Waylon: I’ve seen some illustrations you’ve been working on for another book. How did that come about?
Aaron: Those particular works are interior pieces for an anthology I’m also featured in called TALES FROM THE LAKE VOL. 2, which is coming from Crystal Lake Publishing later this year. I was so impressed with the lineup of authors that I basically cornered the publisher into letting me do some paintings for him. They turned out great. People can expect a lot more of this kind of thing from me.
Waylon: I know you have the sale on the ebook of House of Sighs coming up soon. Is that happening on Amazon?
Aaron: It’s happening everywhere! From July 27 onward for two weeks. The ebook/Kindle/epub will be on sale for 99 cents. That’s less than a coffee, and I guarantee it will keep you up longer. If there was ever a time to test-drive the specific kind of horror I do, that’d be the time to give it a whirl!
You can pick up your copy of House of Sighs here for only 99 cents for the next couple of weeks. I promise you’ll thank me!