Four Past Midnight

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Overview

A brand new movie.
And King at his mind-blowing best.

STEPHEN KING
SECRET WINDOW

NOW A BLOCKBUSTER MOVIE FROM COLUMBIA PICTURES STARRING JOHNNY DEPP, SET TO RELEASE MARCH 12TH
Featuring:
"THE LANGOLIERS"
"SECRET WINDOW, SECRET GARDEN"
The inspiration for the film Secret Window from Columbia Pictures
"THE LIBRARY POLICEMAN"
"THE SUN DOG"
Based on "Secret Window, Secret Garden," a novella in
Four Past Midnight

What happends to the wide-eyed observer when the window between reality and unreality breaks, and the glass begins to fly? Here are four answers from the ultimate expert, Stephen King. Includes "The Langoliers, " "Secret Window, Secret Garden, " "The Library Policeman, " and "The Sun Dog."

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Editorial Reviews

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: 9780816151776
  • Publisher: Cengage Gale
  • Publication date: 10/1/1991
  • Format: Library Binding
  • Pages: 584

Meet the Author

Stephen King

Stephen King, the world's bestselling novelist, was educated at the University of Maine at Orono. He lives with his wife, the novelist Tabitha King, and their children in Bangor, Maine.
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    1. Also Known As:
      Richard Bachman
      Stephen A. King
      Stephen Edwin King
    2. Hometown:
      Bangor, Maine
    1. Date of Birth:
      September 21, 1947
    2. Place of Birth:
      Portland, Maine
    1. Education:
      B.S., University of Maine at Orono, 1970
    2. Website:

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 1, 2001

    Four past the witching hour . . . and beyond.

    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.

    3 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 1, 2013

    SAMPLE!!!!!!! D:<

    WHAT!!! THE SAMPLE DOESNT START THE FIRST CHAPTER! DONT GET THE SAMPLE!

    1 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 29, 2012

    The langoliers

    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

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 14, 2012

    recommended

    good read

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 10, 2012

    All stephen king are great to read

    We have all most the books and we to get all his new books

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  • Posted September 6, 2011

    Great

    Another of Kings wonderful work

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  • Posted May 23, 2011

    Amazing

    I loved this book. The Langoliers and Secret Window were my favorites.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 22, 2011

    Amazingggg!!!

    This book is absolutly amazing! A very creepy and scary way of retelling childhoods scary stories. Just right for anyone who wants a good scare! (:

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  • Posted April 16, 2010

    You can't be a King fan without reading this.

    Dive into a world of unique horror with this collection of short (or not so short) stories. This book will make you laugh, cry, and scream. My favorite story, "The Langoliers" will have you thinking twice befor flying. This book is a thrill!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 26, 2005

    Good, but in my opinion, flawed

    This collection of novellas all have interesting plot lines, but I don't think they are as well-polished as the four in 'Different Seasons.' The first story, 'The Langoliers,' was the best of the four. A very interesting plot and a surprisingly uplifting ending make this the cleanest, and finest story in the collection. I saw the movie 'Secret Window' before reading 'Secret Window, Secret Garden,' and although I liked the novella, for some reason I liked the darkly funny ending to the movie over King's conclusion. 'The Library Policeman' was very disturbing and wild. I liked the original idea, but when everything is explained, I found it too wild to be satisfying. 'The Sun Dog' was very good as well, the only flaw being the overly long ending scene. Descriptive is good, but don't overdo it! I recommend this collection to Stephen King fans, but not to those new to his work.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 29, 2003

    Four Past Midnight

    I have been reading Stephen King books since I was 9 years old and currently 18 years old.And I have read all of his recent books.But the most favorite Story in the book is The Langoliers,because it has The best plot that deals with alterinate demension.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 16, 2003

    Four Past Midnight

    I am a student of Mrs.McIntyre at R.A.Long High School. I loved this book because it contains one of the greatest stories. The story Langoliers has a GREAT plot and has a good moral 'don't judge things before they happens,Because anything can happen at anytime and anywhere'.Also I thought that the Langoliers were so cool for what they did to the people for the other dimension. So if you get the chance, read this book if you love gory details.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 25, 2002

    Absolutely one of Stephen King's best works

    This book was wonderful. It kept me looking over my shoulder the whole time that I read it. Four great stories by a wonderful author, it's worth a million dollars.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 20, 2000

    Excellent Work

    I would recommend this book to anyone who loves a good read. The langolier's is very simple in nature but causes your imagination to run wild. The movie did not do this book justice. If you want to be on the edge of your seat then Four Past Midnight is for you.

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