Author(s): William Sloane
In the 1930s, William Sloane wrote two brilliant novels that gave a whole new meaning to cosmic horror. In "To Walk the Night," Bark Jones and his college buddy Jerry Lister, a science whiz, head back to their alma mater to visit a cherished professor of astronomy. They discover his body, consumed by fire, in his laboratory, and an uncannily beautiful young widow in his house but nothing compares to the revelation that Jerry and Bark encounter in the deserts of Arizona at the end of the book. In "The Edge of Running Water," Julian Blair, a brilliant electrophysicist, has retired to a small town in remotest Maine after the death of his wife. His latest experiments threaten to shake up the town, not to mention the universe itself."
"Age dulls our capacity for wonder--it is one of its more unforgivable deprivations--and we are still deeply grateful to any artist who can revive it within us. I love "To Walk the Night" for the glimmering it gave me of this universe as older and stranger and more terrible than I can imagine, the vertiginous sense of the world turning under my feet and the awful abyss falling away overhead. And I love "The Edge of Running Water" because...this book made me genuinely afraid not of death, but of the dead, a far more primal and magical fear. And because when I first read, after dark in an isolated cabin, Sloane's description of the noise the unseen machine produces, it gave me an authentic case of the willies." -- Tim Kreider, "Baltimore City Paper" Praise for "To Walk the Night" ""To Walk the Night "is not, as its title might seem to suggest, a mere ghsot story. Its central idea is at once less usual and more horrible, but what that central idea is the reader must be allowed to find out for himself. The atmosphere of tense, apparently unreasonable dread and fear has been well worked up, and the climax skillfully developed....Though the story might be truthfully described as an extremely tall yarn, the reader, breathlessly turning the pages, forgets his twentieth-cenutry incredulity until the tale is finished." --L. M. Field, "The New York Times" "An absorbing and impenetrable problem, a group of finely developed characters, and a terrifying solution that fights its way up to the surface and makes you believe it." --N. L. Rothman, "Saturday Review of Literature""Worthy of prompt attention by all and sundry; two strange deaths, a most exciting batch of superscience, and a fantastic solution that should knock you cold." --Will Cuppy, "New York Herald-Tribune""A supernatural story that is neither sensational nor lurid, of an intelligence that borrowed human form and brought tragedy in its wake during two years on earth." "--Kirkus Reviews""This is a novel that has to be experienced, not described....this novel is still as believable now as i must have been back in the 1930s. It is a story that H. P. Lovecraft could have written." --Robert Weinberg""Praise for "The Edge of Running Water" " ""Want to learn how to write a horror novel? Then read this book...It is told by a master writer, who didn't need tricks or distractions to fool his readers." --Robert Weinberg
William Sloane (1906 - 1974) was a publisher, editor, and sci-fi horror writer. At the beginning of his career, he wrote supernatural and fantasy dramas, and after publishing "To Walk the Night "and "The Edge of Running Water," he edited two science fiction anthologies--"Space, Space, Space" and "Stories for Tomorrow." Sloane was the director of Rutgers University Press from 1955 until his death. Stephen King has written over fifty horror, sci-fi, and fantasy novels in addition to several story and essay collections. His most recent novels are "Mr. Mercedes" and "Revival." He divides his time between Maine and Florida."