The stories include:
- The Langoliers: A group of passengers on a plane flight awake on the airport with the entire area completely deserted.
- Secret Window: A writer has to deal with accusations of plagiarism from a particularly unhinged man.
- The Library Policeman: A man who is struggling to write a speech checks out two books on the subject, and becomes stalked by a strange man, and an equally strange librarian.
- The Sun Dog: A sort of prequel to Needful Things about a Magical Camera.
A Description of Tropes appearing in Four Past Midnight:
- Animalistic Abomination: The titular being in "The Sun Dog" is more than likely one of these.
- Canon Welding: "The Sun Dog," like many King stories, takes place in Castle Rock, Maine.
- Emotion Eater: Ardelia Lortz in "The Library Policeman."
- Hot Librarian: How Ardelia appears to some people.
- Humanoid Abomination: Ardelia Lortz.
- Lovecraft Country
- Magical Camera: How the monster in "The Sun Dog" enters reality. At first.
- Most Writers Are Writers: Mort Rainey and John Shooter in "Secret Window, Secret Garden."
- Nobody Poops: Averted in "Secret Window, Secret Garden." Mort poops.
- Rape Is a Special Kind of Evil: The Library Policeman in the short story of the same name takes the form a man who did this once to the protagonist during his childhood.
- Scary Librarian: Ardelia Lortz in "The Library Policeman."
- Show Within a Show: The short stories "Secret Window" and "Sowing Season" in "Secret Window, Secret Garden."
- Television Portal: The dog in "The Sun Dog" seems to be able to enter through the real world in any form of technology.
- Our Vampires Are Different: Ardelia Lortz in "The Library Policeman" is a different kind of vampire indeed. Instead of sucking blood, she feeds on her victim's fear, which manifests itself as bloody looking tears oozing from the corners of their eyes. Ardelia's face transforms into a cornucopia like snout which sucks up the tears as they are expelled.