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The Edge of Running Water

3.88 of 5 stars 3.88  ·  rating details  ·  40 ratings  ·  8 reviews
The Edge of Running Water deals with the adventures of a young psychologist in a remote Maine farm house; with the death of a woman and the disappearance of an inventor. Against a normal enough background, events take on the shape of terror, with a tinge of the unknown - hints of things beyond the borderland of the natural, including the strange researches into survival af ...more
Mass Market Paperback, 256 pages
Published July 12th 1980 by Del Rey (first published 1939)
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Ben
The real shame here is that William Sloane only ever wrote two books...and now I've read them both. As he did with his first novel, 'To Walk the Night,' Sloane once again deftly combines mystery, sci-fi, and horror into an eloquent and suspenseful tale about an obsessed scientist trying to create a machine to speak with his dead wife. Maybe I can track down the short stories he allegedly wrote...
Kristi Blute
I really enjoyed this book. I found it in our room at the Queen Mary and ordered it online to finish. Old time creepy with a lot of suspense. Written in 1939.
Sandy
William Sloane wrote only two novels, but they were both doozies. The first, "To Walk the Night" (1937), is a combination sci-fi/horror/fantasy/mystery tale concerning a mysterious, otherworldly woman. Two years later, Mr. Sloane came out with "The Edge of Running Water," and this one, I feel, is even better. It concerns an electrophysicist, Dr. Julian Blair, who is attempting to construct an apparatus that will enable him to communicate with his dead wife. The book takes place on a promontory o ...more
Ray
After his wife dies, a grieving physics professor embarks on a mysterious experiment in a remote farmhouse. A colleague comes to visit and falls in love with the physicist's niece. Meanwhile, the domineering assistant, Mrs. Walters, has schemes of her own for the professor's research. Although this came highly recommended, the book was really only okay. It was very slow to develop and not very interesting. It picked up somewhat at the end when the professor's machine was finally revealed. There ...more
Mark
The book is just as delightfully odd as the film that was made based upon it...The Devil Commands (1941).
Chris
Quite possibly the single most over rated piece of fiction I have pushed through in recent memory. Trite, tepid, poorly paced and anti-climactic. No tension, the atmosphere was stilted and forced and I honestly did not care about a single character in the book.

A quarter century of hearing about how fantastic this was meant profound disappointment for me. Perhaps there was a reason Sloane wrote only two novels?
Debra
Stephen King favorably mentioned this book in Chapter 2 of Berkley's 1983 paperback edition of Danse Macabre.
Krista the Krazy Kataloguer
Subtle, early science fiction. I should read more by him.
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