William Milligan Sloane III

William Milligan Sloane III (15 August 1906 in Plymouth, Massachusetts 25 September 1974 in New City, New York),[1][2][3][4] known as William Sloane, was an American author of fantasy and science fiction literature, and a publisher. Sloane is best known for his novel To Walk the Night.[5]

From 1955 until his death Sloane was the director of the Rutgers University Press in New Jersey. Before then, he had spent more than 25 years with several other publishers.[4] He formed his own publishing concern, William Sloane Associates, in 1946.[4][6]

Sloane attended The Hill School and graduated from Princeton University in 1929.[6]

Personal life

William Milligan Sloane III married Julia Margaret Hawkins in 1929.[7] They had three children: William Curtis Sloane (born 1932), Jessie Miranda Sloane (born 1935), and Julie Ann Sloane (born 1945).

He was not related to William Milligan Sloane.

Critical reception

Groff Conklin described To Walk The Night as "a subtle, moving story of mood and character, written in the great tradition of British fantasy, even though the author is an American."[8] Anthony Boucher praised the same novel for its "rich warm character-drawing, disturbing subtlety, [and] splendid sense of vast beauty in the midst of terror."[9] P. Schuyler Miller ranked it as "one of the great classics of modern science fiction."[10] Hartford Courant reviewer George W. Earley praised it as "a wondrous blending of science and occultism guaranteed to unnerve the most blasé of readers."[11]

Robert Bloch included To Walk the Night on his list of favourite horror novels.[5]

To Walk The Night and the Edge of Running Water were published together in 2015 as The Rim of Morning, with an introduction by Stephen King. King wrote, "They are good stories and can be read simply for pleasure, but what makes them fascinating and takes them to a higher level is their complete (and rather blithe) disregard of genre boundaries."


Further reading


  1. U.S. Census, 1910, State of Pennsylvania, County of Montgomery, enumeration district 137, pp. 1-A, 1-B, family 14.
  2. Passenger list of the S.S. Lapland, port of New York, 9 September 1928.
  3. Social Security Death Index.
  4. 1 2 3 "William Sloane, 68, Publisher, Is Dead", The New York Times, Sept. 26, 1974, p. 32. http://www.nytimes.com/1974/09/26/archives/william-sloane-68-publisher-is-dead.html
  5. 1 2 Robert Bloch, "Robert Bloch’s Ten Favorite Horror-Fantasy Novels" in The Book of Lists : horror. Amy Wallace, Scott Bradley, and Del Howison, New York : Harper, 2008. ISBN 9780061537264 (p. 253)
  6. 1 2 Biography of William M. Sloane, Princeton University Library Manuscripts Division.
  7. New York Times, September 26, 1974
  8. "Galaxy's 5 Star Shelf", Galaxy Science Fiction, March 1955, p.96
  9. "Recommended Reading," F&SF, January 1955, p.94.
  10. Miller, P. Schuyler. "The Reference Library," Astounding Science-Fiction, August 1955, p.151.
  11. "Science Fiction", The Hartford Courant, October 16, 1955, p. SM22

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