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Literature: Four Past Midnight
Four Past Midnight is a 1990 collection of four horror novellas by Speculative Fiction writer Stephen King.
  • 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, Secret Garden: 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.
The Langoliers was made into a film in 1995 from the director of Child's Play. Secret Window, Secret Garden was also made into a film in 2004 starring Johnny Depp.
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"
  • 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.
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