THE COFFIN MAKER by MARK FOWLER #GrimReaper #TuesdayBookBlog #BookReview

Coffin Maker

The Coffin Maker lives and works alone in the Kingdom of Death. When he completes a coffin a life on Earth ends. That’s how it’s always been.

One day as Coffin sits writing in his journal, The History of Death, trying to sum it all up in one perfect sentence, a note sails past his window.

Is he about to gain a glimpse of the elusive Divine Plan that has eluded him for centuries? Is life in the Kingdom of Death about to change forever?

There are rumours that the devil is finally arriving in the guise of Colonel Gouge. Rumours started by a priest who has upset the Church by writing a book: Coffin Maker. A book written to comfort a bereaved nephew. A book that appears to prophesy not only the arrival of Gouge, but of the cataclysmic events about to unfold in the Kingdom of Death…


I didn’t even read what this book was about I just saw the author’s name and thought oh yes! Mark Fowler has such a unique writing style, I would love to be inside his head just to see how all these ideas come together. He is the odd ball to me, the soldier walking out of step with the rest of the platoon, but in the best possible way. A category just for himself.

This story is about death, not dying but death himself, the coffin maker but he has lost his way a little and doesn’t know where he sits in the grand scheme of things. As death or the coffin maker, he creates a coffin for every person gradually building it as we go through life and when the last nail is banged in we die. Just to complicate things even more death is given two apprentices Hieronymus and Beezle both extremes of each other in outward appearance to their characters. Life was simple before but not now. With Mark Fowler it is never simple, complicated no, just very diverse with not a cat in hell’s chance of guessing where all this is going, but boy I wanted to go with it.

You have to read this book with a very open mind, don’t second guess and let Mark Fowler just take you along, leave all the normal stuff behind and let him fill your head. There is some very gruesome stuff at times but there again this is death so expect anything, well anything bizarre. I won’t ever hear an helicopter again without thinking of this book. You have to see it to believe it and he does put these images in your mind! I just hope that Mark Fowler is working hard on another book, Awesome.

I wish to thank the author for a copy of this novel which after reading I have chosen to review.


Born and raised in the Domesday village of Penkhull, Staffordshire, I graduated in Philosophy at Leicester University. I spent a few years as a singer/songwriter in an indie band before starting a career in social care.

I’ve been writing fiction for many years, but my novel writing really took off when I attended writing workshops run by Peter James, Andrew Taylor, Graham Hurley and Laura Wilson. I have a particular interest in psychological thrillers, crime fiction and horror.

In 2014 I published COFFIN MAKER, a gothic horror novel. This book features the most prolific serial-killer of them all, and as the story opens he has just been sent two apprentices. Some readers have suggested that COFFIN MAKER reads like a fable.

In 2015 I published THE MAN UPSTAIRS, the first in a series of detective novels featuring Frank Miller. Frank’s existence is unique, and he knows it. But can this knowledge save him and all that he comes to hold dear?

In 2016, SILVER, a psychological thriller, was published by Bloodhound Books. As with COFFIN MAKER and THE MAN UPSTAIRS, there is a vein of dark humour running through the story.

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