The Coffin, also known as The Pit, is an artefact of The Buried and a gateway into its domain.


The coffin is rectangular and made of unvarnished, pale yellow wood and with the words “DO NOT OPEN” scratched into it, in letters three inches high.

When encountered by Joshua Gillespie, Alice "Daisy" Tonner, and Jonathan Sims, the coffin is wrapped in a thick metal chain closed with a heavy iron padlock. Joshua also describes the wood of the coffin as being very warm to the touch while the chain was as cold as you’d expect from a thick piece of iron.

Inside the coffin is a staircase with roughly hewn stone steps leading deep into the ground. When opened, the coffin compels people to walk down its steps before closing behind them. Victims find the journey down incresingly tight and then become trapped in The Buried.


The exact origins of the coffin are unknown but “John”, a servant of The Stranger, at some point finds it in chains and believes he can control and bargain with it. At some point during or after 1993, he enlists Breekon & Hope to help him transport it. According the Breekon, the coffin is a “test” that was given to multiple people. Presumably this is in the same manner as Joshua Gillespie’s experience: John leaves the coffin with a person, and they are eventually compelled to enter it and are lost in The Buried. The last of these instances is when, around 1996, “John“ gives Joshua Gillespie £10,000 to look after an unspecified package.

After Joshua spends the money almost a year later, Breekon & Hope deliver the coffin to his apartment. Joshua spends about a year living with the coffin. Placing things on the coffin causes a soft but insistent scratching from inside and whenever it rains, a soft, melodious moaning emanates from within. The coffin seems to affect his sleep, causing him to try and open the coffin while sleepwalking. Joshua counteracts this by encasing the key to the padlock in a block of ice.

After almost a year and a half, the coffin no longer moans when it rains. Breekon, Hope, and John come to retrieve it and appear surprised to see Joshua again. Joshua hears screaming from his living room as they fetch the coffin, and there is no sign of John after. According to Breekon, “when the test finally failed” and the coffin did not have another victim, it claimed the one who tried to master it. However, Breekon and Hope were not included in this arrangement, and became bound to the coffin. They continued to carrry and transport if without a destination.[1][2]

Breekon and Hope eventually start working with Nikola Orsinov and The Circus of the Other, bringing the coffin with them wherever they go.

On July 24th 2002, it is raining heavily as Breekon and Hope drive down the M6 near Preston, accompanied by a man who calls himself Tom. They are stopped by police officers Isaac Masters and Alice “Daisy” Tonner for driving at about 25 miles an hour on the motorway and bring out the coffin after the police hear it moaning in the back of the van. Masters demands the key from Tom and unlocks the coffin. The chains snap off it as if they were spring-loaded and the lid opens on its own. Breekon and Hope restrain Daisy as Masters, seemingly entranced, walks into the coffin and the lid closes behind him. Daisy is unable to stop them as they pack up the coffin and drive off.[3]

Fiona Law’s death is officially listed as resulting from a failed liver transplant in 2003 but MAG 167 reveals that she was instead consumed by the coffin. It is unclear whether this also occurred in 2003.

The coffin, alongside Breekon and Hope, is present in the House of Wax museum in Great Yarmouth in May 2017 while John is being held captive there.

The coffin is also present in the House of Wax on August 7th 2017, when The Unknowing is attempted. Breekon feeds Daisy to the coffin after she kills Hope. With Hope’s death, Breekon is no longer bound to the coffin and he drops it off at the Institute on 3rd March, 2018.

Later that month, Jonathan Sims willingly enters the coffin in order to rescue Daisy and they emerge together after three days. Afterwards, John has the coffin sent to artefact storage with specific instructions on how to keep it locked up.[4]

Episode Appearances Edit

Bold marks episodes where the coffin appears outside of statements.



  1. MAG 2: Do Not Open
  2. MAG 128: Heavy Goods
  3. MAG 61: Hard Shoulder
  4. MAG 135: Dark Matter
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