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Friday, May 22, 2020

Review: The Magpie Coffin by Wile E. Young @deathsheadpress @TexasCthulhu @night_worms #thenightwormscoffin #nightwormsbookparty

The Magpie Coffin 
by Wile E. Young

Thank you to Death's Head Press & Night Worms for this copy! Another successful book party!

Publisher: Death's Head Press
Publish Date: March 23, 2020
210 Pages
Series: Splatter Western Book 1
Genres: Horror, Western

The year is 1875 and outlaw Salem Covington has spent the last twenty years collecting stories, possessions, and lives. Nicknamed "The Black Magpie" for his exploits during the war, Salem has carved a bloody trail across the western territories. Informed that his mentor, Comanche shaman Dead Bear, has been murdered. Salem vows vengeance on the perpetrators. Enlisting the help of an army scout and preserving the body of his mentor in a specially made coffin, he sets out in pursuit. But the choices of Salem's past that earned him the moniker "Black Magpie" are riding hard behind him and the only weapon that can kill him might not be as far away as he thinks.

The Magpie Coffin is an unrelenting tale of revenge, with precise brutality and extreme violence.

My Review:

Well slap my saddle and dig a spur in my neck because I went into this book side eyed and am walking out WIDE.  I was skeptical if I would like a Splatter Western book but I HAD to try it because HORROR and um, yes, I'm definitely a fan.

"I stalked through the saloon, heading toward the bar.  I draped myself over it and signaled for a shot of whiskey.  I downed it and signaled for another."  Turns out, Salem is ME! Haha - but only in THIS instance.  Salem started out as a young Clint Eastwood type in my head and then morphed into his own unique face... and he's a handsome mofo even with that scar.  I love his swagger and how everyone is terrified of him and fuck the bullets.  Can't kill him.  Nope.  Don't even bother trying.  Get on his good side and hope for the best.

There are some truly interesting scenes in this book.  Pig heads, bears, scalping, magic, mystery, back stabbing, fear, gore, blood... get the point yet? And yes, I was here for all of it.  Is this a revenge story? Absolutely.  But it is also so much more than that. In just barely over 200 pages, we go on a vast journey with hellish visuals, new ways of killing people and just plain old horrific fun.  Now, whose dick do I need to step on to get the next book? 😉

Five stars for making me fall in love with a genre I knew nothing about until now. 


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