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  • The Magpie Coffin

  • Splatter Western, Book 1
  • By: Wile E. Young
  • Narrated by: Sean Duregger
  • Length: 5 hrs and 56 mins
  • 4.8 out of 5 stars (6 ratings)

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The Magpie Coffin

By: Wile E. Young
Narrated by: Sean Duregger
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Summary

The year is 1875 and outlaw Salem Covington has spent the last 20 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.

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awesome 👌

absolutely loved every second! gritty gory mature rated western that leaves nothing to the imagination

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A Violent and dark Western tale.

I've read a lot of western novels over the years, having started with 10p mini comics as a kid. What I've Not read though is a western surrounding a paranormal gunslinger and so this was a very interesting read.

With a small, very narrow tale surrounding a legendary gunslinger adept at native-American spiritual arts, this is a very straight forward story surrounding vengeance and retribution. It's the stylized writing and darkly enacted acts of violence that make it something new and original, for me at least.

With a pretty linear story, there weren't a vast gathering of characters but they are varied and interesting and varied from generic criminals to preachers and witch-doctors. The fabulous work of Sean Duregger gave each of the cast a distinct voice, mannerism and accent ensuring that they all felt truly alive, until they (often) died screaming and his portrayal of the Black Magpie himself felt a true force of nature thanks to Sean's absolute verbal tour de force.

I'm really hoping that there are more books in this series coming and will certainly be picking future sequels up.

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“Hell has made sure you’ve eaten well and the tab has come due”

Dark, gritty and grisly… definitely not for the front hearted or the squeamish!
I really enjoyed it. It’s a good story with great pacing and atmosphere. It was really well narrated with good character voices!
I’d definitely listen to more from either the author or narrator!
This is my honest opinion on a free review copy.

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  • Benjamin L. Blankenship
  • 31-01-22

IT'S A BLOOD-BATH!!!

When I began this book, I had exceedingly high expectations due to all of the hype I'd heard & thankfully I was not disappointed. Death's Head Press quite literally came out with their SplatterWestern series the same year that I published my 500+ page Western Horror dual novel "God Walks The Dark Hills Book I&II." Being a writer, something of an authority, & an obvious fan of the genre, I'd like to say that, "This book lacks nothing." Author Wile E. Young takes the readers of "The Magpie Coffin" on a wild ride. There's lots of killing, blood, and gore. It's great. Any awards that failed to recognize this remarkable book do not diminish it in any way, rather they diminish themselves. Any reviewer who is reviewing this as a Western Horror/SplatterWestern novella and doesn't give it an extremely high score - doesn't know what they're doing, or what Western Horror/SplatterWestern is. Absolutely fantastic! Wile E. Young, I greatly applaud you. "This book is fundamental in the revival of Western Horror literature." - I'm not stating that as an opinion, but a fact. I will continue to work my way through this series. I've heard wonderful things about several other books within it, such as "Starving Zoe", as well as others. Bravo!

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  • Virallex
  • 18-01-22

Delivers on the splatter Western theme

Splatter Western indeed this delivered everything on the premise great characters, story, action packed Horror, bullets and magic. The voice actor was excellent as well. Highly recommend.

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  • Breana Brickey
  • 05-12-21

bloody good time

One of the darkest westerns since probably Blood Meridian.
it's a fast romp about a dark man who must collect souls. But now he's on the trail of vengeance as his mentor has been killed by a bunch of shit stains and Salem is gonna make them all pay.

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 02-11-21

Good book

A long listen for a short book but very well developed story & characters. Narration is excellent & very consistent. Good 1st book in the series.

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  • Michelle{BookHangovers}
  • 21-10-21

Giddy Up!

Wow! What a brutal good time!!! This was my first time reading Splatter Western and I can not wait to read/listen to more!!!
AHHHMAZING!!!

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  • Geoff
  • 18-09-21

Not your typical western!

Great one from Death's Head Press. They're really on to something with their Splatter Westerns.
Salem Covington is a ruthless killer on a quest for revenge. I loved the supernatural aspect of the story; it adds a new dimension to the typical tropes of a western.
The performance was excellent. Great quality, and very well acted.
Great work overall. Highly recommended!

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  • Nikolas P. Robinson
  • 18-09-21

I Can Hardly Wait for More

Wile E. Young paints a grim portrait of the postbellum American west, replete with magic and mystery. In this shadow permeated version of the wild west, the author spins a tale that fuses horror and fantasy with otherwise familiar tropes and western motifs.
It would be impossible to talk about The Magpie Coffin without first spending some time introducing the protagonist of this amazing Splatter Western. Salem Covington is a riveting character. One can think of him, in the simplest terms, as being equal parts Jonah Hex, a wild west incarnation of Dexter Morgan, and a little bit Elric of Melnibone--substituting a pistol for the sword, Stormbringer. A student of dark magic from various sources and cursed with the need to kill for the sake of his own damned soul, Mr. Covington is far from a heroic figure. There is a strained and rigid nobility to him, though. As with most antihero characters, he has a code of sorts that guides his actions.
Upon discovering that his old Comanche teacher, Dead Bear, has been murdered and that a white buffalo has been slaughtered by the same band of killers, Covington sets out on a quest to bring down everyone involved. Enlisting the assistance of one of the men associated with the killing, his pursuit of vengeance carries the reader through the Dakota Territory and into the Rocky Mountains of what would soon become Colorado.
Leaving a trail of bodies and tortured souls in his wake, Salem Covington chases quarry who might just be too dangerous for even The Black Magpie to overcome.
My only complaints with this book are present because I happen to be a South Dakota resident. North and South Dakota didn't become states until 1889, and Deadwood is nowhere near North Dakota, sitting approximately 130 miles South of the North Dakota border. But, considering how few people seem to recognize that North and South Dakota exist at all, it's not exactly a deal-breaker.
The narration by Sean Duregger for the audiobook is fantastic, capturing the grit and cruel nature of Salem Covington with a degree of authenticity that felt right. The narrative, being shared by Covington in first-person, making it simple to distinguish the voices of secondary characters without any trouble.

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  • Tod M. Clark
  • 13-09-21

Splatter Western Book 1

I am a big fan of the Splatter Western line from Death’s Head Press so I was thrilled when I first heard the Splatter Western line would become available in audiobooks. I was even more excited when I heard THE MAGPIE COFFIN by Wile E. Young would be narrated by Sean Duregger which made revisiting this great read even more enjoyable. Looking forward to the rest of the Splatter Western line becoming available in audiobook format.🤠

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  • willee
  • 10-09-21

Not What you Expect

I have to admit I normally do not listen to westerns but this was more as it was horror. Black Magpie (Salem Covington) is an inane brutal killer. It takes place in 1875 and has great narration. I was given this free review copy audiobook at my request and have voluntarily left this review. Thank you

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  • Traumadoll
  • 21-11-22

A great start for the splatter western series

As I often do, I judged this book by its cover. That amazing cover art helps set the stage for me. It gives off old Clint Eastwood spaghetti western vibes that only got stronger as I read. I imagined Salem Covington carrying himself like every old west Clint Eastwood character, with his outlaw hat tilted low, hiding his trademark snarl and stony gaze. When I was a kid, we had one television in the house and Dad’s beloved copy of The Good, the Bad, and the Ugly on 2 VHS tapes. I remember him putting it on fairly often, much to my siblings and my chagrin. Even now, old westerns are common background noise in my home. Of course now I love those old movies. And while it might be a weird thing to say about a splatter book, it was giving me all the feels. I was a kid again, watching Clint Eastwood take bloody vengeance on the people who’d tortured and killed his mentor. Covington uses a combination of black magic and his special Gun, which is capitalized to emphasize the fact that it’s not a regular gun. It speaks to him, reminds him of how many souls he owes, and encourages him to kill.

There are some things that I felt were lacking in explanation. Maybe I missed it. That happens. But I never really understood how Covington got into his deal in the first place. Who was the coffin maker? There were mentions of souls owed. But to who? Why? How? We know that he is unkillable by all guns except the one he carries and the one that used to belong to his brother. He learned the way of the People from his shaman teacher, Dead Bear, and there are mentions of how he perverted the teachings to suit him. He picked up other black magic from other teachers. There are questions, but the story flows and wraps up in a way that doesn’t require answers. I’m left wanting more. It has all of the fast sharp brutality I love in a good spatter novel with an old western flair.

⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️ read for me. I want more Wile E. Young. I want more splatter western. This was a great start for Death’s Head Press‘s Splatter Western series and I will be reading more of them.