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Death appears in all of history's greatest love stories. But perhaps it is time for The Grim Reaper to have a love story of his own.

Romeo and Juliet, Anthony and Cleopatra, Tristan and Isolde, The Princess Bride;

Death appears in all of History's greatest love stories. But perhaps it is time for The Grim Reaper to have a love story of his own.

The Love of Death is the tale of a being that has walked a very lonely earth for over two hundred thousand years. During this time, he has literally met all of the most beautiful women on earth; Salome, Helen, Cleopatra, Antoinette, Monroe… even Brenda from Swindon. He had met them all, admired their beauty, and had then sucked out their life forces in a quite distasteful way. It was a terrible job, and not one he enjoyed, but it was his job, and he did it without question.

Until today.

Today he had been sent by to London, tasked with collecting the life force of Tracey Denison. Tracey was bored with her life and longed for something exciting to happen, something to break the continual tedium of her existence. Unfortunately, for her excitement came in the form of a large red bus which did not brake in time. But her life did not end there, because today was the day that The Angel of Death finally found the woman he loved.

Before the besotted Reaper knows what he is doing, he has taken Tracey and abandoned his duties, leaving the world’s deceased to look after themselves, and continue to walk the earth wondering why they hadn’t shuffled off their mortal coil. Pursued by both Angels and Demons, who all have a stake in whether he returns to his post, Death must travel through the gates of Heaven, the depths of Hell, and the grubbier parts of Central London to escape his captors; all whilst trying to persuade a very ungrateful Tracey that she is the love of his very long life.

The Love of Death is a comic fantasy love story about finding the one that you were destined to be with (and kidnapping them).

Paul Holbrook is an author from North Yorkshire. He started writing whilst sat at home recovering from a head injury which reminded him of two things; firstly that tube train doors do not care if there is a person in their way, and secondly that it was no good having a head full of stories if you never tried to write any of them down. If they were left in there they would be in danger of being battered and lost when the next train door hits him.


He had planned to write a sequel to his last Unbound novel, Domini Mortum, a dark Victorian murder mystery, but decided that he needed to write something lighter and more fun first. The Love of Death, his third novel, was the outcome of this decision, and very pleased he is with it too.


Paul spends his days working for a local charity, supporting children and young people with disabilities, additional needs, and illness. When not working he likes to think up stories and write them down for his own, and others entertainment and derision.

Somewhere near Caledonian Road stands an abandoned office building, one of many empty spaces in the area. It was locked up for the last time five years earlier when the previous owners, Haberwell and Smale Accountants discovered that they had spent more time looking into other people’s money and not enough their own. They had not noticed that one of their owners, Charles Smale, had used the pension plans of their two hundred and forty-three employees to fund his very large, very plush home in Bermuda. Ever since the day, when it was clear that Smale was did not plan to either return the money or for that matter return to Britain, it had stood empty; five floors of dust laden desks, broken windows, and the occasional rogue pigeon. Smale had not lived long enough to enjoy his stolen retirement however. He had fallen whilst drunk from the balcony and landed badly on the outcrop of rocks below, his body being washed up two days later on a beach five miles down the coast. One of the current occupants of his company’s old premises had been there when Smale met with his demise; he was there when everyone died

It was hardly the ideal spot for a first date, but it would have to do. There was no one else around and he would not be seen appearing out of thin air when he changed the pace of time.

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One week in, and we're making progress

Wednesday, 20 February 2019

So, one week into the new campaign and already 22 people have supported my new book, The Love of Death. This is fantastic progress, but I'm thinking that I'll probably need around 300 people putting their support behind the book in order to make it to the magic 100%. The Love of Death is a Rom-Com.  Yes, you read that correctly, the author that brought you grisly Victorian horror and ghastly…

Romance with the Reaper

Wednesday, 13 February 2019

Hello, and welcome to the Love of Death, my latest novel, and the second one to be published through a crowdfunding campaign with the lovely people at Unbound. After the success of Domini Mortum, which was published in October last year, I wanted to have a change from all the Victorian murder, vile villainy, and ghastly horrors. (if you haven't read it yet, what are you waiting for? And if you…

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