Four Past Midnight (Sep 1990)

A collection of short stories, including "The Langoliers"; "Secret Window, Secret Garden"; "The Library Policeman"; and "The Sun Dog".

Common King themes:

  • Roses as a force of good (In The Langoliers, when the passengers in the plane are traveling back through the rip and experiencing the birth of the world, the pilot twice mentions that it feels like a beautiful rose slowly opening.)

Four Past Midnight has connections to the following books:

Citation needed : The Shop

Secret Window, Secret Garden / Chapter 9 : Derry, ME

"Secret Window, Secret Garden" takes place in Derry.

Maybe I should tell her I caught Amy in bed with another man at one of Derry's finer motels, Mort thought as he pushed through the swing door. She might go back to calling her Mrs Rainey again, at the very least.

The Sun Dog / Chapter 15 : Evelyn Chalmers

Across the town square he could see the urine-yellow front of the Emporium Galorium, standing slightly apart from its nearest neighbors: the vacant building which had housed The Village Washtub until earlier that year, Nan's Luncheonette, and You Sew and Sew, the dress-and-notions shop run by Evvie Chalmers's great-granddaughter, Polly - a woman of whom we must speak at another time.

The Sun Dog / Chapter 2 : Shawshank Prison

'Could be,' Pop said indifferently. 'People get up to all sorts of didos. Lookit my nephew, there, for instance, Ace.' Pop's nose wrinkled. 'Doin four years in Shawshank, and for what? Bustin into The Mellow Tiger. He got up to didos and Sheriff Pangborn. slammed him in the jug for it. Little ringmeat got just what he deserved.'

The Sun Dog / Chapter 2 : Alan Pangborn

'Could be,' Pop said indifferently. 'People get up to all sorts of didos. Lookit my nephew, there, for instance, Ace.' Pop's nose wrinkled. 'Doin four years in Shawshank, and for what? Bustin into The Mellow Tiger. He got up to didos and Sheriff Pangborn. slammed him in the jug for it. Little ringmeat got just what he deserved.'

References will be here!