The Route of Ice and Salt

The Route of Ice and Salt

A reimagining of Dracula’s voyage to England, filled with Gothic imagery and queer desire.

It’s an ordinary assignment, nothing more. The cargo? Fifty boxes filled with Transylvanian soil. The route? From Varna to Whitby. The Demeter has made many trips like this. The captain has handled dozens of crews.

He dreams familiar dreams: to taste the salt on the skin of his men, to run his hands across their chests. He longs for the warmth of a lover he cannot have, fantasizes about flesh and frenzied embraces. All this he’s done before, it’s routine, a constant, like the tides.

Yet there’s something different, something wrong. There are odd nightmares, unsettling omens and fear. For there is something in the air, something in the night, someone stalking the ship.

The cult vampire novella by Mexican author José Luis Zárate is available for the first time in English. Translated by David Bowles and with an accompanying essay by noted horror author Poppy Z. Brite, it reveals an unknown corner of Latin American literature.

Title:The Route of Ice and Salt
Edition Language:English
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    The Route of Ice and Salt Reviews

  • Elle

    This was interesting, not at all what I was expecting! I went into it mostly blind, besides just the basics: a queer vampire novella, originally written in 1998, translated from Spanish & published by...

  • Silvia Moreno-Garcia

    I am the publisher of this book, which is a translation of José Luis Zárate's "La Ruta del Hielo y la Sal," originally published in the 1990s in Mexico. David Bowles has translated it from Spanish i...

  • charlotte, (½ of readsrainbow)

    Rep: gay mcCWs: internalised homophobia, homophobic violenceGalley provided by publisherI’ve been stuck on how to review this book for a while now because it’s a difficult one, really. To review i...

  • Rogier

    Artist inspires Artist and media inspires media. The Route of Ice and Salt ( La ruta del hielo y la sal) was originally published in 1998 by a Mexican comic publisher Grupo Editorial VID, it didn't ta...

  • Andy Weston

    This novella, initially published in Mexico in 1998, is a reimagining of Dracula’s voyage from Transylvania to Whitby on board the ship, The Demeter. I really enjoyed it. It is narrated by the capta...

  • Becky Spratford

    Review in January 2021 Horror Review column for Library Journal: https://www.libraryjournal.com/?revie...Three Words That Describe This Book: classic retold, unnerving, absorbingDraft Review:First pub...

  • Ash | Wild Heart Reads

    The Route of Ice and Salt reimagines Dracula's voyage to England aboard The Demeter, breathing life into the unnamed captain of the ship and giving him and his story a voice. As the Demeter makes it's...

  • Entazis

    Well, my brain melted. I don't think I have an appropriate language or skill to even begin this review. But I'll try. Oh, I'll try.First let me start with a revelation I had last night while finishing...

  • Marita Arvaniti

    Galley provided by publisherThe Route of Ice and Salt was originally published in 1990s Mexico and is being translated into English for the first time in 2021. It is a story of Dracula's journey to En...

  • Thomas

    We already know what happened to the crew of the Demeter from Bram Stoker's Dracula. We know this because Stoker included the ship's log, which detailed the events that led to the crew disappearing an...