Four Past Midnight

Four Past Midnight

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Four Times Fear Equals Total Terror....

THE LANGOLIERS
You are strapped in an airplane seat on a flight beyond hell.

SECRET WINDOW, SECRET GARDEN
You are trapped in the demonic depths of a writer’s worst nightmare.

THE LIBRARY POLICEMAN
You are forced into a hunt for the most horrifying secret a small town ever hid.

THE SUN DOG
You

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Four Times Fear Equals Total Terror....

THE LANGOLIERS
You are strapped in an airplane seat on a flight beyond hell.

SECRET WINDOW, SECRET GARDEN
You are trapped in the demonic depths of a writer’s worst nightmare.

THE LIBRARY POLICEMAN
You are forced into a hunt for the most horrifying secret a small town ever hid.

THE SUN DOG
You are focusing in on a beast bent on shredding your sanity.

You are in the hands of Stephen King at his mind-blowing best, with an extraordinary quartet of full-length novellas.

Editorial Reviews

From the Publisher
"Four spellbinding tales of evil... Can't-tear-your-eyes-away stories."
-Playboy

“He never seems to use up the magic...these four novellas demonstrate the qualities that have made King by far the world’s most popular author.”—Chicago Tribune

“These stories grab and will not let go.”—The Washington Post

“Four spellbinding tales of evil. These are can’t-tear-your-eyes-away stories that burn your imagination.”—Playboy

“King is a master storyteller, and you will never forget these stories.”—Seattle Times

Chicago Tribune
These four novellas demonstrate the qualities that have made Stephen King the world's most popular author.
Washington Post
These stories grab and will not let go.
Publishers Weekly - Publisher's Weekly
The self-described ``America's literary boogeyman'' here serves up four horror novellas; none is wildly scary, and only one offers King's typical, colloquial, hard-driving conversational style with its compulsive readability. A jumbo jet flies through a time-slip in The Langoliers . Marooned a few minutes in the past, a few surviving passengers try to get home . . . while off in the distance the langoliers, creatures (``sort of like beachballs'') who eat up time after it's been used, close in. In Misery -esque Secret Window, Secret Garden , a writer accused of plagiarism by a psychopath has an awful time trying to prove his innocence. The Library Policeman , the collection's standout, pits a middle-aged businessman with some overdue books against a demonic, life-sucking monster of a librarian. The Sun Dog features a boy's Polaroid camera, which, no matter where it is focused, takes pictures of a huge, mean and ugly dog. In each successive photo, the dog, slobbering and slavering, approaches the edge of the picture plane. There is an inappropriate abundance of heartwarming sentimentality here; where King used to slaughter the innocents with gleeful impunity, he now apologizes for the deed, and love will out. 1,500,000 first printing; $750,000 joint ad/promo with NAL's publication of The Dark Half; BOMC main selection. (Sept.)
School Library Journal
YA-- Like some denizen of the dark, King weaves a spell evoking terror and shivers as he takes readers on a nightmarish journey in this quartet of novellas. In ``Longoliers'' a group of airline passengers awake to an empty plane, and an empty world. They have become stuck in time, out of sync with the present at 20,000 feet. ``Secret Window, Secret Garden'' finds novelist Mort Rainey confronted by an eerie character who accuses him of plagiarism, and has come to settle up. In ``Sun Dog,'' Kevin Delevan gets exactly what he wanted for his 15th birthday, a Polaroid ``Sun 660'' camera, but every picture he takes shows a salivating ``hell hound'' getting closer and closer. In ``Library Policeman,'' the best of the four, Sam Peebles borrows two books from the library late one night, and the librarian warns him not to be late returning them. What Sam doesn't know is that she was a child murderer who committed suicide in 1960, and when he loses the books, her library policeman pays him a visit. Four Past Midnight is one of King's best recent works. It is hard to put down, truly chilling, and sure to be enjoyed by YA horror aficionados everywhere.-- John Lawson, Fairfax County Public Library, VA

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780451170385
Publisher:
Penguin Publishing Group
Publication date:
06/12/2001
Edition description:
Reprint
Pages:
768
Sales rank:
162,720
Product dimensions:
4.25(w) x 6.94(h) x 1.70(d)
Lexile:
840L (what's this?)
Age Range:
18 Years

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From the Publisher
“He never seems to use up the magic...these four novellas demonstrate the qualities that have made King by far the world’s most popular author.”—Chicago Tribune

“These stories grab and will not let go.”—The Washington Post

“Four spellbinding tales of evil. These are can’t-tear-your-eyes-away stories that burn your imagination.”—Playboy

“King is a master storyteller, and you will never forget these stories.”—Seattle Times

Meet the Author

Stephen King lives in Maine and Florida with his wife, novelist Tabitha King. He has written more than forty books and two hundred short stories. He has won the World Fantasy Award, several Bram Stoker awards, and the O. Henry Award for his story “The Man in the Black Suit,” and is the 2003 recipient of The National Book Foundation Medal for Distinguished Contribution to American Letters.

Brief Biography

Hometown:
Bangor, Maine
Date of Birth:
September 21, 1947
Place of Birth:
Portland, Maine
Education:
B.S., University of Maine at Orono, 1970
Website:
http://www.stephenking.com

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Four Past Midnight 4.3 out of 5 based on 1 ratings. 122 reviews.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Having been a huge Stephen King fan for many years now, I find myself going back to some of the better novels he's written and rereading them - or even listening to them on audio tapes as I drive to and from work. I recently picked up Four Past Midnight again and found myself enjoying it even more the second time around. King's work is like a fine wine, tasting better with time. The first haunting tale is The Langoliers - a spooky time warp piece about plane passengers who have found themselves stuck in an alternate time where these strange creatures exist. I enjoyed the story, especially the character Mr. Toomey, but found it a tad too long for my taste. I still cringe when I think about what happened to the little girl. The second tale -Secret Window, secret Garden, is more my speed. It's about a writer who is confronted by John Shooter, an angry man who is accusing him of stealing his story. This story will twist your mind and has a great ending. A must read! The third tale past midnight is The Library Policeman - the best of the four stories. Ever been late getting your books back to the library? In King's haunted mind, you'll pay greatly for such an innocent mistake. This story was not only spooky and creepy but had characters you cared about. I really enjoyed this one. The fourth story is The Sun Dog - about a strange poleroid camera which takes photos of a mencaing dog. With each new picture, the dog gets closer and closer in the pictures. Another eerie (dog's) tail from the master of horror. All in all, this was a great collection of four creepy stories you'll love sinking your fangs in to.
Guest More than 1 year ago
S. King proves he is the master of horror. I see a few writers on the horizon with similar styles, grinding in the really horrific and unbelievable aspects of a tale, and I look forward to seeing how the King holds on to his throne.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
The unfortunate 10 page sample is nothing but a waste of your time. It comprises of nothing but the pre-story junk. I was very disappointed since I'd been looking forward to getting an idea about this book, since I have been trying to get my hands on it for a while. I'm eventually going to buy it for The Langoliers, but a real sample just would've been nice. I'm not going to mark down the rating over it, but beware.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
WHAT!!! THE SAMPLE DOESNT START THE FIRST CHAPTER! DONT GET THE SAMPLE!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I used to love planes but then i read the langoliers. Dont let your father abuse you or be dissapointed in you or you ccould end up like them XD
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
good read
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(Oh my cheese waffles)
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
MOONE! MOONE! MOAR! I MUST BE A PART OF THIS WODERFUL STORY.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Woah.
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It's called INsAnITy. I get it a lot.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
PUT MEH IN! U KNOW ME!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
"H-h-hello....?" <p> The small voice shatters the silence in the dark room. <p> Short, rasping breaths echo from the speaker's mouth, clouding the air with unseen fog. <p> A rattling cough quavers the sunshine-yellow coat, hidden in the inky blackness. <p> "H-hello....?" <p> The voice sounds again, slightly louder this time, tinged with desperation. <p> Clover pink strands shadow the face of the figure, covering sky blue eyes. <p> A ruffle of uneasy feathers fortells the beginnings of panic setting in. <p> Hooves clop across a cold, frosty, stone floor, followed by the clank of rusting chains entrapping the inhabitant's lower legs. <p> A single, scarred and scrapped hoof is placed on the crumbling mortar of a cinderblock wall. It falls slowly, leaving a faint path of dark scarlet blood. <p> The prisoner lets out a pained sigh. <p> "Oh, Fluttershy.... what did you get yourself into....?" <p> ~~~ <p> {[ I feel like an evil, raving maniac right now. BWAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHA! ~ Moone ]}
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Beau Loke More than 1 year ago
Another of Kings wonderful work
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