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The Rim of Morning:  Two Tales of Cosmic Horror

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The Rim of Morning: Two Tales of Cosmic Horror

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Author: William Sloane
Publisher: New York Review of Books Classics, 2015

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Book Type: Omnibus
Genre: Science-Fiction / Horror
Sub-Genre Tags: Weird (SF)
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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.

"As the editor of two SF anthologies and director of Rutgers University Press, Sloane would easily have made a name for himself in the speculative fiction world even if he had not written these two tremendous novels. Reprinted for the first time in years, 'To Walk the Night' and 'The Edge of Running Water' blend SF and horror in a manner wholly unheard of when they were originally published in the 1930s.... Sloane's eerie, exquisitely descriptive prose is influenced by Gothic literature as well as contemporary scientific theory.... These all-but-forgotten texts make excellent reading for any fan of classic SF or eldritch horror." --Publishers Weekly, starred review

"The reissue of these two remarkable novels is long overdue.... I can think of no other novels exactly like these two, either in style or substance. My only regret is that William Sloane did not continue.... Yet we must be grateful for what we have, which is a splendid rediscovery. These two novels are best read after dark, I think, possibly on an autumn night with a strong wind blowing the leaves around outside." --Stephen King


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