Meet the Professor of Death . . . A serial killer unlike any other in a thriller unlikely any you have read

LU JAKES LIVES WITH her alcoholic father and abusive stepmother at Hidden Creek Lodge in the Utah mountains. When the beautiful Lisa is sent by her protective parents to stay at the lodge for the summer, Lu makes her first real friend—dangerously unaware that Lisa’s is not the only new face at the resort.

For Lisa has been followed by Rad Sanders, a sadistic killer who has plans for the girls—sick plans that will drag them and their families to the very brink of hell. Rad stalks Lu and Lisa, waiting for his moment, certain that his deadly plan cannot fail.

But unknown to Rad, Lu has a secret. She can see things that nobody else can see: the spirit Talion and his companions. But are these spirits real or a trick of the mind? And will Lu’s special gift help her and Lisa as the killer closes in . . .

Talion is a gripping, intense tale of friendship, family and dark desires, that blends Thomas Harris with Stephen King. It is a book that will make you want to sleep with all the lights on—if you can sleep at all.

Global eBook Awards Silver Medal for horror fiction

A gripping and relentless novel. The impeccable prose of Mary Maddox makes it impossible to turn away . . . This dark, but beautifully rendered novel is one you do not want to miss.

Roxane Gay


The story is propelled by suspense, and made delicious by Maddox’s Ray Bradbury-like gift for deft, deep-shadowed description.  … Those last hundred pages just about turn themselves.

Dan Hagen


Mary Maddox pits a sadistic sociopath against two achingly vulnerable potential victims with an effortless narrative control.

Sherwood Kiraly


Maddox skillfully creates a shocking mix of the bleak atmospheric tones of the macabre with the supernatural, while holding onto the page-turning exhilaration of a real thriller . . . one haunting read that is sure to give you nightmares!

Norm Goldman


About the Author

Mary Maddox is a horror and dark fantasy novelist with what The Charleston Times-Courier calls a “Ray Bradbury-like gift for deft, deep-shadowed description.” Born in Soldiers Summit, high in the mountains of Utah, Maddox graduated with honors in creative writing from Knox College, and went on to earn an MFA from the University of Iowa Writers’ Workshop. She taught writing at Eastern Illinois University and has published stories in various journals, including Yellow Silk, Farmer’s Market, The Scream Online, and Huffington Post. The Illinois Arts Council has honored her fiction with a Literary Award and an Artist’s Grant. Visit her online at www.marymaddox.com.