Four Past Midnight
by Stephen King
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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 snaps 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
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 finger.
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 investment.
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 midnight.
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