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Jet passengers are stuck in a time-slip, a psychopath accuses a writer of plagiarism, a man with an overdue book encounters a demonic librarian and a boy's camera snaps photos of a huge and nasty dog in these four horror novellas. According to PW , "None is wildly scary, and only "The Library Policeman" offers King's typical, colloquial, hard-driving conversational style with its compulsive readability."
Copyright 1991 Reed Business Information, Inc.
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
Copyright 1991 Reed Business Information, Inc. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
This is another collection of King’s novellas, although, while these stories are all called novellas, in reality, all of these stories could easily have been printed as standard... Read morePublished 15 days ago by Mark Louis Baumgart
Great Book. Had one loaned it out never got it back. Learned my lesson.Published 17 days ago by Ruth Emilia Leggens
The writing skill, ingenuity of the plots, and imagination of the story lines underwritten by truly interesting ideas make up for the dismal view of human nature and a cast... Read morePublished 3 months ago by W Altenburg
Stephen King is one of my all-time favorite authors and this was one of my favorite compilations which I'd read not long after it was published in hardback. Read morePublished 3 months ago by GGG
Was a pretty good read. Makes you think about other possible worlds. Took me about two days to read, would have taken only a day, but I have a very attention seeking 5 month old... Read morePublished 4 months ago by Darion Tawny White
This is a great collection of short stories by Stephen King. My favorite of the 4 stories in this book is the first one....The Langoliers. Read morePublished 4 months ago by Tony W.