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To Walk the Night

3.7  ·  Rating Details ·  174 Ratings  ·  24 Reviews
To Walk the Night unfolds like a mystery novel. Bark Jones has gone home to visit Dr. Lister, the father of his friend Jerry, and together they hope to lay the mystery that revolves around the deaths of Jerry, and before him Jerry’s mentor astronomer Professor LeNormand. The one key to both men’s deaths is LeNormand’s, and now Jerry’s widow, Selena.
Mass Market Paperback, 228 pages
Published January 12th 1980 by Del Rey (first published 1937)
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Eddie Watkins
Years ago I read William Sloane’s second (and last) novel, The Edge of Running Water. I had copies of both of his novels, but I read the second one first because I liked its title better than the first’s, To Walk the Night. Or maybe I read it first because its pages weren’t as old and yellow and brittle. I guess I can’t remember, but I do remember that it didn’t make much of an impression, so I shelved both and forgot about them. Until I saw that NYRB was issuing both together in one volume. Thi ...more
Berkeley Jones regresa a la casa en la que se crió, en Long Island, donde reside el doctor Lister, padre de su amigo Jerry. El retorno de Berk se debe a la reciente muerte de Jerry. Berk relatará al doctor Lister, que es como un padre para él, sus sospechas sobre el motivo del suicidio de Jerry, las cuáles giran en torno a Selena, la enigmática y misteriosa esposa de su amigo.

‘El tiempo de la noche’ (To Walk the Night, 1937), del escritor William Sloane, está considerada una novela de culto dent
José Nebreda
Jun 08, 2016 José Nebreda rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Pedazo de novela. Sorprende que sea tan poco conocida. Como casi todas las que son especiales por un motivo o por otro (o por muchos), resulta imposible ponerle etiquetas. Afortunadamente.
Alex Bledsoe
Dec 07, 2016 Alex Bledsoe rated it it was amazing
This novel travels Lovecraft territory, but features actual human interaction in place of Lovecraft's misanthropy. It was first published in 1937, but the prose has a very contemporary feel, and it's the first novel in a while that's gripped me so tightly that I lost track of time.
Joel Ayala Alicea
Sep 29, 2015 Joel Ayala Alicea rated it really liked it
Como bien dice la introducción de Basil Davenport en la edición que leí: «en un extremo del género de ciencia ficción, en los límites de lo científico, hay historias —aunque no tantas como años atrás— que son en verdad acertijos de física. La solución del acertijo suele enunciarla alguien que dice: «A mediados del siglo veinte se sabía ya...», y recuerda un fenómeno raro que resuelve el problema. En el otro extremo hay historias que apenas pretenden ser científicas. Se desarrollan en un planeta ...more
Aug 22, 2011 Sandy rated it it was amazing
If it weren't for James Cawthorn and Michael Moorcock's indispensable overview volume entitled "Fantasy: The 100 Best Books," I probably would never have heard of "To Walk the Night" (1937), and would thus have been deprived of a wonderful read. Having read it, though, it seems to me that this, William Sloane's first novel, could just as easily have gone on someone's Top 100 Horror, Mystery OR Sci-Fi list, as this terrific book has elements of all those categories mixed in.

The tale concerns two
Das Genre des Fantastischen hat seine eigenen Spielregeln. Eine der ungeschriebenen Regeln sagt, dass unglaubliche, schreckliche oder erstaunliche Dinge geschehen können, und dass wir den Helden dabei begleiten, wie er dieser Situation Herr wird (meistens jedenfalls); vielleicht haben wir Glück und werden Zeuge, wie einige wenige Menschen von einer ganzen Armee von Zombies angegriffen werden; oder wir erleben, wie ein elektrischer Impuls die Menschen weltweit zu seelenlosen Monstern macht - natü ...more
Jan 05, 2009 Dave rated it liked it
"To Walk the Night" by William Sloane was first published in 1937. It is a slowly building science fiction/horror story. In 1949 it was tied for 9th on the Arkham Survey of `Basic SF Titles'. The pace of the story is a bit slow. The story is told from the point of view of Berekley Jones, who is relating the circumstances that led up to the suicide of his friend (Jerry Lister) to Jerry's father. He starts the story with the discovery, by Jerry and himself, of the dead body of one of their former ...more
Dec 27, 2016 Stewart rated it it was ok
With its mix of science fiction and mystery genres, William Sloane’s little-known 1937 novel “To Walk the Night” could be called a cosmic mystery novel. The book is much better written than most science fiction then and now, and it kept my interest to the very end, but that end was disappointing. New York Review Books reissued this novel and “The Edge of Running Water” in one volume in 2015.
Sprinkled through the novel are fine bits of description, both of the exterior and interior worlds. Afte
Dec 13, 2016 chris rated it really liked it
He leaned forward, put his hand on mine for a brief second, and asked me,
“Just what do you think living is for?”
Stephen King writes in the introduction to the New York Review of Books edition that William Sloane’s first novel is characterized by the fact that it does not fit neatly into one genre. While that may be true, one genre in particular stood out to this reader; noir. Bark Jones echoed some of Dashiell Hammett’s best protagonists in his periodically self-destructive pessimism, though he
Dec 02, 2009 D-day rated it really liked it
Shelves: 100-fant-list
Two young men return to their college for a Football game, after which they decide to look up their old Physics professor. They find the professor dead under bizarre and mysterious circumstances. They are further surprised to find that the professor left behind a widow, an odd and enigmatic, yet beautiful woman named Selena. William Sloane's To Walk The Night is hard to classify- part Science Fiction part Horror. (view spoiler) ...more
Feb 03, 2016 Beth rated it it was amazing
Originally published in 1937, this book reads as fresh and current as anything written today. Put aside the occasional "swell!" and focus on the story.

It's difficult to convey the sense of wrongness here. With every page, there is an overwhelming feeling of knowing that something just isn't right with the lovely Selena. It's only a matter of figuring out what it is and I was happy to have my suspicions confirmed.

Although it isn't really a horror story, a vague sense of unease and creepiness per
Dave Holcomb
Jun 03, 2016 Dave Holcomb rated it really liked it
A surprise for me: a horror/suspense/mystery novel I had never heard of. And a damned good one, too. It has been a very long time since I literally could not put a book down until I had finished it, but this one hooked me, and the last few chapters were impossible to interrupt for such irrelevancies and meals or sleep... If you're looking for gory and grotesque, this book is not for you: the horror is sneaky, implied, and all the more compelling for that, while the mystery is ... well, mysteriou ...more
Feb 13, 2015 Fabulantes rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fantasia
"La novela discurre con fluidez, se lee del tirón. Pero no por entretenida, que lo es, sino principalmente por misteriosa. Sloane logra que el lector se involucre con el texto y que tenga avidez por saber si al final Selena será desenmascarada, Jerry vengado, y el enigma redondeado con una solución aceptable. El encantamiento se produce por la solidez de los personajes descritos, magnificados por una prosa que bebe mucho de Chandler en las descripc
Michael Ritchie
Oct 20, 2016 Michael Ritchie rated it liked it
Marketed as a tale of cosmic horror, this isn't quite the stuff of Lovecraft but it is interesting reading, especially considering it was first published in 1937. A beautiful but mysterious woman enters the lives of two young scientists who have been life-long friends and changes things forever. I can see why it's compared to Lovecraft, though I can't explain why without posting spoilers, but it's really more a science-fiction story, and in fact would have been more effective if it had been a sh ...more
Nov 01, 2011 David rated it really liked it
Modern readers will be 70 or 80 pages ahead of the protagonist in solving the main mystery -- but that doesn't matter. This remains a masterfully plotted tale of the supernatural with good writing, strong characterizations and plenty of goosebumps along the way, and the last paragraph will haunt you.
Erik Grotz
Oct 22, 2015 Erik Grotz rated it liked it
My first foray into so-called "cosmic horror" where I wind up having more questions about the genre than when I started. Oh well. A suspenseful tale told in past-tense (right up to the frightful end) of a bizarre murder, a beautiful woman and a suicide -- or is it murder? I'm being a little generous with three stars. It was more of a 2.5.
Jed Mayer
Oct 28, 2015 Jed Mayer rated it really liked it
Although this book falls into the category of novels you will only read once, since all points towards the surprise ending, it is nevertheless marvelously skilled, creepy and effective.
Aaron Badgley
May 27, 2016 Aaron Badgley rated it it was amazing
I came to this book through Stephen King, and man, I am glad I did.
This is one hell of a ride, a briiliant book, that I could not figure out until the last few pages.
A fantastic reading experience.
Dec 17, 2015 Rose rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
a young man commits suicide and his best friend tries to explain it to the young man's father. Atmospheric.
Jun 20, 2016 Chuck rated it liked it
Literate genre fiction. Dated in places but it's somewhat subtler than Lovecraft, and not overwritten (like much of Lovecraft).
May 05, 2008 Ben rated it it was amazing
Shelves: favorites
Fantastic. A superb mix of mystery, science fiction and horror that publishers found hard to categorize when it came out in 1937. A simple, frightening story executed perfectly.
Pam Baddeley
Intriguing tale of a mystery woman whom men suddenly fall for, marry and shortly afterwards they wind up dead in mysterious circumstances
David Rickert
Mar 01, 2014 David Rickert rated it liked it
I found this on a list of great horror novels, but it wasn't much of one. It is a good mystery, though. I didn't know the solution until the end. Parts of the story have aged poorly.
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