The Edge of Running Water Author:William Sloane The classic horror novel about a scientist's efforts to build a device that will communicate with the dead. The basis for the Boris Karloff film THE DEVIL COMMANDS. Plot: Professor Dick Sayles receives a summons from his former mentor Julian Blair to join him in an isolated house in Maine. When Dick arrives he finds his old friend much chang... more »ed by overwork, and seemingly under the influence of a Mrs. Walters, a woman with a very powerful personality. Dick also renews his acquaintance with Anne, Julian's sister-in-law whom he has taken care of since his wife Helen died in an accident. The death of his wife is the reason for the dramatic change in Julian, and Dick begins to suspect Julian's attempts at communicating with Helen will have catastrophic results. Originally published in 1939.« less
Sloane's second novel is a winner, although pretty obscure. The writing style is easy to take (my only gripe is telling us ahead of time that some unpleasant things are going to happen). The characters are well drawn, especially one of the central characters, Mrs. Walters, who the reader will want to be a villianess, but somehow cannot feel complete contempt for her. Recommended for mystery lovers (not really a horror novel) and people who are looking for a well-written whopper to keep them company for a few hours.