Four Past Midnight (1990)
- A collection of four novellas.
- "The Langoliers" - a group of travelers on a red-eye flight from California to Maine wake up to discover that most of their fellow passengers have vanished mid-flight, along with the pilots and flight attendants.
- "Secret Window, Secret Garden" - a man accuses author Mort Rainey of stealing one of his story ideas. Rainey, who is going through an ugly divorce, attempts to prove to his accuser that his own story was published first, but all evidence to support his argument begins to disappear, along with the people who might confirm his case.
- "The Library Policeman" - when a man forgets to return some books he borrowed from the library while writing a speech, and later accidentally destroys them, the phantom librarian who lent him the books sends the library policemen to terrorize him
- "The Sun Dog" - a young boy receives a Polaroid camera for his birthday. There's something wrong with his gift, though. Every picture features a menacing dog that approaches the foreground in each subsequent photograph.
- From the Flap
- Past midnight, something happens to time, that fragile concept we
employ to order our sense of reality. It bends, stretches, turns back, or snaps,
and sometimes reality with it. And what happens to the wide-eyed observer when
the window between reality and unreality shatters, and the glass begins to fly?
These four chilling novellas, a feast fit for King fans old and new, provide
some shocking answers.
After all, past midnight is Stephen
King's favorite time of day....
One Past Midnight:
"The Langoliers" takes a red-eye flight from L.A. to Boston into a most
unfriendly sky. Only eleven passengers survive, but landing in an eerily empty
world makes them wish they hadn't. Something's waiting for them, you
Two Past Midnight: "Secret Window, Secret
Garden" enters the suddenly strange life of writer Mort Rainey, recently
divorced, depressed, and alone on the shore of Tashmore Lake. Alone, that is,
until a figure named John Shooter arrives, pointing an accusing
Three Past Midnight: "The Library
Policeman" is set in Junction City, Iowa, an unlikely place for evil to be
hiding. But for small businessman Sam Peebles, who thinks he may be losing his
mind, another enemy is hiding there as well--the truth. If he can find it in
time, he might stand a chance.
Four Past Midnight:
The flat surface of a Polaroid photograph becomes for fifteen-year-old Kevin
Delevan an invitation to the supernatural. Old Pop Merrill, Castle Rock's
sharpest trader, wants to crash the party for profit, but "The Sun Dog," a
creature that shouldn't exist at all, is a very dangerous
With an introduction and prefatory notes to
each of the tales, Stephen King discusses how these stories arose in what is the
world's most fearsome imagination. But it is the stories themselves that will
keep readers awake long after bedtime, into those dark, timeless hours past