The Rim of Morning: Two Tales of Cosmic Horror by William Sloane / ISBN 9781590179062 / 480-page paperback from New York Review Books Classics
"Poised between the terrors of the old world and the quantum scientific leaps of the new, both novels are modern Promethean legends...Sloane pulls out all the stops to spin a diverting yarn, incorporating aspects of mystery, fantasy, science fiction, noir and horror, and yet his clear-eyed style is more immediate and far less mannered than the purple prose of that high priest of cosmic horror, H.P. Lovecraft.” —The Seattle Times
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.