REVIEW: Song of Achilles by Madeline Miller (5/5)

by Tiana Coven

“I would know him blind, by the way his breaths came and his feet struck the earth.”
-The Song of Achilles by Madeline Miller



This book tore me apart and then put me back together again by the last page. This book has shot past all others and moved immediately into my favorites list. It is both romantic and action packed, keeping me on edge with every page. The way the author writes through Patroclus’ eyes about his love and devotion to Achilles is such a balm for my heart. The book tells the story of how Patroclus, once a prince, becomes an exile after he accidentally murders a boy and gets disowned by his father, the king. He finds himself, mercifully, in Achilles’ father’s kingdom, taken in as an orphan. Achilles takes a fast interest in him, to Patroclus’ surprise, and the two become fast friends. And then something much more. As the story follows them from childhood training to adulthood war, their love for each other grows stronger despite any trial put in their way.

I loved this book so fiercely, and will definitely be buying my own copy to reread for years to come!


You can read more of Tiana’s reviews and recommendations on her book blog, Tiana Reads LGBT.

Welcome New Editors!

We are thrilled to announce the addition of three new editors to Coffin Bell:

Juliana Motoki

Short Story Editor



Madison McLoughlin

Short Story Editor



Jared Benjamin

Reviews Editor


We are thrilled to welcome Jared, Juliana, and Madison to the Coffin Bell team and look forward to how their talents will shape the future of the journal.

Call for Editors: Nonfiction, Short Story, and Reviews

UPDATE 3/25/19: We have filled the positions of Short Story Editor and Reviews Editor, but are still accepting applications for the nonfiction editor position.

Coffin Bell is in need of three new editors: a nonfiction editor, a short story editor, and a review editor. The duties and descriptions of these positions are as follows:

Nonfiction Editor: The Nonfiction Editor is responsible for reading all submissions in the Creative Nonfiction and Essay / Short Criticism categories, leaving comments on each submission, and casting votes via Submittable. Creative Nonfiction submissions have a turnaround time of eight weeks, whereas we allow three months to respond to Essay / Short Criticism submissions. Some social media posting required.

Short Story Editor: The Short Story Editor is responsible for reading 10-15 short stories per week, leaving comments on each submission, and casting a vote using Submittable. Some social media posting required.

Review EditorThe Review Editor is responsible for reading all Book Review submissions and casting votes via Submittable. Also, the Review Editor will read and review one book per month for the Coffin Bell blog. Some social media posting required.

Do you think any of the positions would be a good fit? If so, please send an email with resume attached to, with the position you are applying for in the subject line. In the body of the email, please explain why you would like to come aboard as a Coffin Bell editor.

We look forward to hearing from you!

Submissions Open for Issue 2.4 – “Masquerade”


Submissions are now open for issue 2.4, slated for October 1, 2019, themed “Masquerade.” Elaborate facades or literal masks, we want work in which things are not as they seem. Submissions close on June 30, 2019. We look so forward to reading your work! Submit now!