Dead and Cold
by Rob Kovitz
244 pages | 5.875 x 8.25 in.
$20 US / $26 CDN
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dead and cold
“Listen to me,” said the Demon, as he placed his hand upon my head. “The region of which I speak is a dreary region in Libya …
Edgar Allan Poe, Silence: A Fable
As they neared the coffin lid, the wind picked up dramatically and a massive, black thunder cloud moved over the site. The walls of the tent covering the excavation began to snap loudly, and as the weather continued to worsen the five researchers finally stopped their work and looked at one another. The conditions had suddenly become so strange that Kowal observed, “This is like something out of a horror film.”
Owen Beattie and John Geiger, Frozen in Time: The Fate of the Franklin Expedition
Treyf Books commemorates the recent discovery of one of the missing ships from the famously doomed Franklin polar expedition with a super-cut bookwork-novel that imagines what may have happened to this and various other fateful polar peregrinations.
Warning: includes graphic and shocking scenes of boredom, failure, madness, freezing, murder, cannibalism and mysterious things that may or may not be hidden beneath flat, frozen surfaces.
From the Excerpts from Ice Fishing in Gimli Series
Johannes Georgi, Mid-Ice: The Story
of the Wegener Expedition
Frozen, Not Forgotten, by Stephen Osborne (Geist)
The miscellanist Rob Kovitz in his new book Dead and Cold has assembled, coordinated or otherwise summoned into being the best, the most spellbinding and the most chilblain-inducing account of death in the Arctic that you will ever read. We had thought John Franklin to be done in as a Canadian subject, but here he is resuscitated, along with many more who perished in the ice. Kovitz excavates his text from a vast library of commentators, including Abacuk Pricket, who sent Henry Hudson and his son to their deaths; Thomas James, who wrote magically of his trials in the seventeenth century; and Jens Munk, who kept a detailed and horrifying account of his voyage in 1619 to the Northwest Passage that killed sixty-two of his sixty-five crew members; only he and two others made it back through Hudson Strait and across the Atlantic. The material explored in this volume ranges from obscure diaries to newspaper accounts, with many photographs, some of them gruesome. Its only flaw, in my opinion, is the undue presence of Margaret Atwood, whose remarks edge too often and often too vapidly into the panoply of comment; e.g., "He was simply a victim of landscape." This is a book that calls out for rereading, a true national treasure, from Treyf Books (keep refrigerated), in Winnipeg. Kovitz's work appears occasionally in the pages of Geist.
Stephen Osborne, "Frozen, Not Forgotten," Geist #101, Summer 2016, p. 65.