Four Past Midnight by Stephen KingAt midnight comes the point of balance. Of danger. The instang of utter stillness when between two beats of the heart, an alternative reality can slip through, like a blade between the ribs, and swithc you into a new and terrifying world.
Four Past Midnight: four heart-stopping accounts of that moment when the familiar world fractures beyond sense, the fragments spinning away from the desperate, clutching reach of sanity...
Two Past Midnight : Secret Window, Secret Garden by Stephen King (1991, Cassette, Unabridged)
There are three other novellas in this collection, but The Langoliers is the one that stuck with me, some of the images burned into my mind as brightly as any of King's stories. It's not just me: lots of readers seem to single it out, not necessarily aware that it's part of a collection of novellas. King has published a few of these collections. Four Past Midnight is no exception: four stories that cover many different facets of King's writing, but all intrinsically tied to this stage of King's career. Still, The Langoliers is the one. It's harrowing. The main characters are all asleep on American Pride Flight 29, a red-eye flight across America.
After midnight, something happens to time, that fragile concept we use to order our sense of reality. It bends stretches, turns back, or snaps, and sometimes reality snaps with it. And what happens to the observer when the window between reality and unreality shatters? When first confronted by John Shooter, famous novelist Mort Rainey sees him as nothing more than an avid, albeit slightly eccentric, fan. However, Shooter's accusation of plagiarism and his overbearing attitude of malevolence send Rainey scattering to prove his innocence. As Rainey's evidence disappears, his sanity and safety go along with it, and soon he is approaching a reckoning with the determined Shooter.
Four short novels not so short, actually of one of the best contemporary writers out there. The Langoliers my favorite carries the reader together with the protagonists into a parallel dimension. The unknown and the fear of what we do not know are the main themes, and the atmosphere resembles that of "The Twilight Zone", the acclaimed TV show.
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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 shocking answers. I loved Four Past Midnight. I forgot how good it is. Reading it again was like stumbling a long lost, beloved friend.