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A serial killer obsessed with Edgar Allan Poe, a traumatized young woman who has survived his horrific violence, and a disgraced detective face off in this dark and devious tale of murder and revenge.

After the "accident" that takes his parents' lives, young Daemon Ultrecht escapes in to the nightmarish stories of Edgar Allan Poe. His obsession intensifies, inking his body with the inhabitants of his "mentor's" macabre tales—until he becomes "Poe," a psychotic killer, penning his own terrifying stories born from the ashes of his murderous deeds.

Poe's first victim is 21-year-old Clara Knox, an "Irish beauty" who survives his sadistic attack. a brutality that scars her body but inflicts even deeper psychological wounds. Driven by rage and revenge, she seeks to destroy the monster that has shattered her life, seducing PJ Bones into her twisted plan. The disgraced former NYPD detective turned best-selling author finds himself helpless against Clara's dives into madness and then her betrayal.

The lives of all three converge in chilling fashion as they plunge headlong into the maddening, where there is no escape from the looming destiny that awaits them.


Words have no power to impress the mind without the exquisite horror of their reality.”

~ Edgar Allan Poe


About Paul Thaler

Paul Thaler is a former journalist and a media commentator for national and network news programs. He is the author of the critically acclaimed The Spectacle: Media and the Making of the OJ Simpson Story, and The Watchful Eye: American Justice in the Age of the Television Trial. His debut novel, Bronxland, was cited on Goodreads as the top-rated “Best Historical Coming-of-Age-Book.” He lives in the Riverdale section of the Bronx with his wife, Amy, where they have raised their three children, Matthew, Robby and Rebecca.

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"Paul Thaler had me hooked on this gripping read ... If you love psychological thriller novels laced with a touch of romance, mystery, and horror, The Maddening is a must-read. Thaler hatches a super intriguing plot, featuring ingenious plot twists and an exciting cast; it is a magnificent piece of work ..."

— Readers’ Favorite – Five-Star Review

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