Four Past Midnight [NOOK Book]

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Four Times Fear Equals Total Terror....The LangoliersYou are strapped in an airplane seat on a ...
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Four Past Midnight

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Overview

Four Times Fear Equals Total Terror....The LangoliersYou are strapped in an airplane seat on a flight beyond hell.Secret Window, Secret GardenYou are trapped in the demonic depths of a writer's worst nightmare.The Library PolicemanYou are forced into a hunt for the most horrifying secret a small town ever hid.The Sun DogYou 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.










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: 9781101138038
  • Publisher: Penguin Group (USA)
  • Publication date: 9/3/1991
  • Sold by: Penguin Group
  • Format: eBook
  • Pages: 768
  • Sales rank: 47,393
  • File size: 970 KB

Meet the Author

Stephen King
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.
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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.

    4 out of 4 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!

    3 out of 5 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 16, 2005

    In respect for the King

    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.

    2 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

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted September 6, 2014

    Nitro

    (Oh my cheese waffles)

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  • Anonymous

    Posted September 6, 2014

    Beats

    AMAZING

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 29, 2014

    Blue lghtning

    MOONE! MOONE! MOAR! I MUST BE A PART OF THIS WODERFUL STORY.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 19, 2014

    FF

    Woah.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 19, 2014

    Vynx

    It's called INsAnITy. I get it a lot.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 19, 2014

    Dawn

    For rainbow dashes part my brother would love it. But can i be next?

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 19, 2014

    Firework

    PUT MEH IN! U KNOW ME!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 19, 2014

    |[ 1:13 A.M. ]|

    "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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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 14, 2014

    You call that a sample?

    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.

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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

    0 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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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 August 11, 2005

    Steven King fans, this is a must.

    This Book is great. 'The Library Policeman' puts a whole new twist on returning late library books. As always, King delivers the best, and features the hit story 'The Langoliers'. Great book in my opinion.

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