Midnight (Koontz novel)
Midnight is a novel by American writer Dean Koontz. It was published in 1989; the book is a cross-genre novel. It includes aspects of suspense, science fiction, love story, horror; as with many Koontz books, Midnight is divided into parts. Part One: Along the Night Coast, contains chapters one through fifty-seven. Part Two: Daybreak in Hades, contains thirty-seven chapters, but is similar to Part One in that it begins with its own'Chapter One'. Part Three: The Night Belongs To Them, follows suit, begins with its own Chapter One, has forty-one chapters. Midnight was Dean Koontz's first No. 1 hardcover on the New York Times bestseller list. Midnight includes a mixture of two classic plots- the great 50's film Invasion of the Body Snatchers and the classic H. G. Wells tale, The Island of Dr. Moreau. And, Koontz cleverly mentions both of these in the novel; the book opens with four separate stories that weave themselves together and become different viewpoints of one overarching plot. First: Janice Capshaw, a nighttime jogger, is pursued and killed by a pack of mysterious and nightmarish beasts while she is jogging along the beaches of a coastal town named Moonlight Cove.
Second: Twenty-two days Sam Booker, an undercover FBI agent, arrives in Moonlight Cove to investigate the suspicious deaths of Janice Capshaw and eleven other people. Third: Chrissie Foster, an eleven-year-old girl, witnesses her parents in a physically altered state- part human and part beast- and must flee for her life, narrowly escaping death at the hands of her'beast parents', and fourth: Tessa Jane Lockland, sister of Janice Capshaw, arrives in Moonlight Cove to uncover the secret of her sister's unexplained death. The search for the truth begins. Sam is searching for an all encompassing explanation for everything strange and deadly, taking place in Moonlight Cove. Tessa is searching for the reason behind the cover up of her sister's death, and Chrissie is searching for someone, who can save her from her parents and any other creature that might be trying to kill her. At the beginning, Sam and Chrissie are all hunted- albeit separately- by the mysterious beasts and each survives their encounter.
Chrissie believes the creatures are aliens taking over the bodies of humans. Sam has no idea what they are, but discovers that Thomas Shaddack, a brilliant computer scientist, is converting the citizens of Moonlight Cove into something unexplained, he learns that the local police are involved in a massive cover-up of the strange and deadly events that are happening in Moonlight Cove. Early on in the story and Tessa meet and realize that in order to survive they must work together. However, they find it nearly impossible to discover what is going on, because they are being pursued non-stop by both the police and the beast-humans; because of a letter sent to the FBI by a resident of Moonlight Cove- Harry Talbot- offering information about the deadly events in town, Sam knows that he must find Talbot. Harry is a Vietnam vet, injured during the war, now uses a wheelchair, he has not yet been converted into one of the beasts. Because he spends most of his time watching the people of Moonlight Cove- through his telescopes- Harry has learned what is going on in town and learns that Thomas Shaddack and the local police are behind it all.
Regardless of numerous attempts to kill them and Tessa learn the full story behind the secret of Moonlight Cove. Thomas Shaddack had created a means whereby a person can be converted into a super-human no longer susceptible to illness, fatigue, or emotion, but the conversion has an unforeseen side-effect. From their super-human form, many of the people begin to regress into the deadly human-beasts that are prowling around the town; these creatures exist for no other reason than to stay alive, themselves. In the end, Shaddack descends into complete madness, his plan goes wrong, most of the townspeople revert into super-creatures, death fills the streets and homes of Moonlight Cove; the town has become a place of'kill or be killed'. Seeing that nothing can stop the town's descent into chaos, the Chief of Police, Loman Watkins, vows to kill Shaddack, which will automatically and kill every converted person in the community; as part of each'conversion' Shaddack has placed a microchip inside each person that will kill them should Shaddack's heart stop.
The novel concludes and dynamically. Shaddack is killed, most of the town dies, Sam and Chrissie survive and the FBI is sent in to clean up the mess. Sam Booker: A forty-two-year-old FBI agent, who has lost his wife and is now a single parent Tessa Jane Lockland: a documentary film maker and the sister of an early victim of Shaddack's regressive citizens. Chrissie Foster: an 11-year-old girl who escapes from her parents after they try to convert her to become one of Shaddack's regressive citizens. Loman Watkins: Chief of Police for Moonlight Cove. A good police officer who cares about the well-being of his community, he is one of the first people converted by Shaddack. Thomas Shaddack: the primary antagonist, he is a sociopath with no remorse whatsoever. He has no ability to care about, the lives of others, he became a murderer at a young age when he killed both of his parents. He sees his purpose in life as nothing less than the complete subjugation of the human race which would enable him to do anything and everything that his twisted mind desires.
Harry Talbot: a disabled Viet Nam veteran who observes the changes in the town through his telescope and alerts the FBI to the problems. Moose: Harry Talbot's intelligen
Midnight (1934 film)
Midnight is a 1934 American drama film, the first directed by Chester Erskine, starring Sidney Fox, O. P. Heggie, Henry Hull and Margaret Wycherly, it was based on a Theatre Guild play with the same name by Claire Sifton. The film was produced for Universal and was shot on a modest budget of $50,000 at Thomas Edison Studios, which producer/director Chester Erskine had re-opened for the shoot. Humphrey Bogart had a supporting though key role; the film was re-released as Call It Murder by Screen Guild Productions in 1949 after Bogart became a star. The movie begins at the murder trial of Ethel Saxon, a woman who shot her lover in a crime of passion. During the trial, Edward Weldon, the jury foreman, asks the defendant a question, which leads to a guilty verdict and a death sentence for her; the rest of film takes place on the evening of the execution in the Weldon home. Edward is dealing with the consequences of his role as foreman. Friends have come to the house to support the family. An unscrupulous journalist who has bribed Weldon's son in law is in attendance.
Weldon's daughter Stella is upset by the departure of her gangster boyfriend, Gar Boni, whom she met during the trial. The evening culminates at midnight in a sequence in which three scenes are cross cut together: the switch is pulled at the death house, a gun is fired in Boni's parked car, a press photograph is taken of Edward Weldon's reaction. Moments Stella returns home, under the impression that she has shot Gar Boni. Weldon, torn between love for his daughter and his past pronouncements about the rule of law, contacts the district attorney to come to the house. Sidney Fox... Stella Weldon O. P. Heggie... Edward Weldon Henry Hull... Nolan Margaret Wycherly... Mrs. Weldon Lynne Overman... Joe Biggers Katherine Wilson... Ada Biggers Richard Whorf... Arthur Weldon Humphrey Bogart... Gar Boni Granville Bates... Henry McGrath Cora Witherspoon... Elizabeth McGrath Moffat Johnston... Dist. Atty. Plunkett Henry O'Neill... Ingersoll Midnight on IMDb Midnight at AllMovie
Wangan Midnight is a Japanese manga series written and illustrated by Michiharu Kusunoki. It was first serialized in Shogakukan's Big Comic Spirits since 1990, but was serialized in Kodansha's Young Magazine, in which Initial D is serialized. In 1999, it won the Kodansha Manga Award for general manga. Years before Wangan Midnight was created, Michiharu Kusunoki worked on a similar series known as Shakotan Boogie; the series has been adapted into several live action feature films, video games, an anime television series. The anime began airing in Japan on June 8, 2007 on the anime satellite television network Animax, produced by OB Planning; the Wangan Midnight manga ended with volume 42 but has since been followed with a new arc called Wangan Midnight: C1 Runner with another 12 volumes. It ended in July 2012; the third arc started in 2014, but due to the change of publisher it was renamed to Ginkai no Speed Star. The story gets its roots from the street racing that occurs on Tokyo's Shuto Expressway Bayshore Route.'Wangan' is the endonym of this longest, straightest road in the entire country.
There is road traffic to contend with, including a fair number of heavy trucks. Because of this, the action is inherently hazardous, wrecks are common. Blown engines are a frequent hazard with the high power engines. One day, Akio Asakura, a high school student in his last year of study, is driving his Nissan Fairlady Z on the Shuto Expressway when he challenges Tatsuya Shima, a doctor, in his black Porsche 964, dubbed the "BlackBird". With his friend in the passenger seat and two girls in the back, Akio attempts to win, but is defeated. Determined to drive a faster car, he goes to the junkyard because his mechanic friend tells him he saw the scrapped body of a S30 with good parts on it; when he sees the scrapped body of a midnight blue Fairlady Z in the junkyard, he remembers seeing this car a few years ago with a nice girl in the passenger seat. Intrigued as to why such a classic Japanese performance vehicle is about to be junked, he convinces the junkyard owner to sell it to him; the junkyard owner was told by the previous owner to scrap the car.
He soon finds that the car is unnaturally fast due to its tuned L28 engine and stroked to 3.1 L, fitted with triple carburetors and twin turbos. He finds that one of the car's previous owners shares his first and last name, had been killed in a horrible crash on the Wangan few years ago; every person who takes possession of the Z ends up spinning out of control and crashing, as if the car is rebelling against its driver. This gives the blue Z the nickname "The Devil Z"; the manga follows Akio's various encounters with people who are obsessed to race The Devil Z on the Wangan, his maniacal attempts to control the car, though the central plot revolves around his constant battle with the BlackBird for Wangan superiority. The new story arc, Wangan Midnight C1 Runner, features the new adventures of the new main character, Shinji Ogishima, his friend, Nobu Setoguchi, both are part of "GT Cars" project, in dispute and conflict, must settle these problems by driving Mazda RX-7s around Shuto Expressway, meeting with Tatsuya Shima.
Akio Asakura An ambitious racer who started when he was young, Akio was in his final year of high school as the story began. He was driving his red Fairlady Z until, after a humiliating loss to Tatsuya Shima, he discovered the "Devil Z", a Nissan Fairlady Z, supernaturally fast and hard to drive. Akio is regarded as a legend on the Wangan. Still, despite his gentle demeanor, he is so serious about racing that he skips school to the point of repeating a grade to drive the Devil Z. Akio has trouble forming intimate relationships, although he has made some slight inroads with Reina Akikawa, his day job is a waiter for a night club, but was fired for showing up late too due to late night racing. He is exposed to the active social scene at the heart of Tokyo, he was an accomplished racer with his old car, but behind the wheel of the Devil Z, Akio is nearly invincible. He is adaptable and can learn to drive anything. Voiced by: Shun Oguri Reina Akikawa Reina is a attractive model who co-hosts a driving television show named "Drive Go Go!" where the latest automotive trends are discussed.
She finds Akio on the Wangan and becomes obsessed with him and the Devil Z, driving her to tune her car and steal the Devil Z one night. After getting her Nissan Skyline GT-R tuned and modified, she discovers a unknown aptitude for street racing, something that does not sit well with her manager, she is sociable, has lots of acquaintances, but has no real friends. While she is an idol, she is quite modestly dressed. Like most of the women in the series, Reina is sensitive and bursts into tears in some volumes and one episode of the anime, although she calms down in volumes. In the manga, her hair is curly, but in volumes of the manga, she only has straight hair. Voiced by: Reiko Suhou Tatsuya Shima, he is the main rival of Akio Asakura, as Akio is the only one who gives him a challenge. He drives a Porsche 964, named "BlackBird". In the anime and manga, the car has 470 hp stock. Tatsuya becomes annoyed with Akio becoming faster all the time so he hires Jun Kitami, the man who built the Devil Z, to tune the Porsche.
Kitami tunes the suspension
Johan Petter Krafman better known by his stage name Midnight Boy is a Swedish singer and songwriter. His music is inspired by 1980s electropop and rock. Krafman's career started in the summer of 2008 when he participated in the talent show Artistjakten by Mix Megapol, a Swedish national radio station. Winning the competition, he was awarded a record deal with Universal, he performed at the Ladies Night shows in Stockholm and Malmö with the singer Martin Stenmarck, actor Peter Stormare and comedian Henrik Hjelt. In connection with the Ladies Night tour he released two songs called "Disarmed" and "Chain Reaction" under his regular name; the songs were produced by Tony Nilsson and Peter Boström. In 2013, Midnight Boy released the single "Roll With It" using his newly adopted stage name; the single was released by the newly started record company 100 Songs, specializing in single releases. The song took Midnight Boy to a mini tour to United States, where he performed at the Avalon club in Los Angeles.
In 2013, Midnight Boy released the single "When You're Strange" with a controversial music video, where he took off all of his clothes at Stureplan with the slogan "When naked, there is no difference". He worked with several songwriters and record producers. Midnight Boy participated in the fourth semifinal of Melodifestivalen 2015 with the song "Don't Say No"; the song did not get further in the competition, but charted in Sverigetopplistan making it his first charting single in the official Swedish Singles Chart. Official website
Midnight Sun (Marvel Comics)
Midnight Sun is a fictional character, a former supervillain in the Marvel Comics universe. He first appeared in Marvel Special Edition #16, was created by Steve Englehart, Jim Starlin, Al Milgrom. Midnight Sun began life as M'Nai, a child in a small African village which Fu Manchu was using as his headquarters; when Sir Denis Nayland Smith attacked the village, M'Nai's entire family was killed and M'Nai suffered permanent facial scars. Noticing that M'Nai did not cry despite his injury, Fu Manchu decided to raise the child in China as his own, alongside his son Shang-Chi. Taking the identity of "Midnight," M'Nai wore a mask at all times to hide his facial scar. Although he and Shang-Chi sometimes came to blows, they grew up as friends, a relationship which would end when Shang-Chi rebelled against his father and left. Midnight continued to work as Fu Manchu's agent, their friendship unraveled during the mission, as Midnight mocked Shang-Chi's attempts to convince him to renounce their father's villainy.
Midnight proclaimed that his heart was filled with unspeakable hatred for humanity due to the way that his family was killed and his face irreversibly disfigured and renounced his friendship with Shang-Chi. While fighting Midnight at the top of a winch, Shang-Chi dodged a powerful kick; the kick was so forceful that Midnight fell to his apparent death. Secretly, Midnight was plucked from the time-stream by Kang the Conqueror moments before his death. Kang used Midnight as a soldier in his Legion of the Unliving, he was knocked unconscious by Mantis. After the end of the battle, Immortus returned him to his own time, where his death was allowed to take its course. Midnight's cape caught on the winch; as his body hung from the winch, Shang-Chi contemplated climbing up to retrieve the body and look upon his brother's scarred face but opted not to out of respect for Midnight. Midnight's body was kept in cold storage for years; when the Kree realized that they needed an agent who could defeat the Silver Surfer in combat, a Kree scientist named Kar-Sagg reanimated Midnight's brain and placed it in a cloned body, enhanced with superhuman powers to make him a match for the Silver Surfer.
It is at this point that he was renamed "Midnight Sun." Midnight Sun fought the Silver Surfer alongside the Kree. With the help of a light-deadening dust, he used his talent for stealth to hit the Surfer with several sneak attacks. However, the Surfer detected him and used his board to trap Midnight Sun, until an assault from a Kree vessel forced him to flee; the two fought one-on-one when the Kree sent Midnight Sun to protect Hala from the Surfer, but the Surfer defeated him again. Because the Kree's alterations had left him unable to speak or use his fingers, Silver Surfer was never aware of Midnight Sun's name or background, could not communicate with him. Although his powers far exceeded Midnight Sun's, the Surfer considered him a frustrating opponent due to his stony silence and uncertain motivations, as well as his ability to catch the Surfer off-guard with surprise attacks and skillful strikes and dodges. In one of Midnight Sun's multiple battles with the Surfer, he interrupts a conflict between the Kree and the Skrull.
After the fight, Midnight Sun was taken to a Kree laboratory where he was placed in the care of Kar-Sagg. It was revealed that Midnight Sun had been resurrected without his memories of who or what he was, but that they still existed in his subconscious mind due to the Kree scientists not wanting to risk losing his martial arts skills, it was decided that the removal of all non-combat skill related subconscious memory might make him a more effective fighter, but during the procedure Midnight Sun was made to confront elements of his past as the machine sifted through his mind. This caused him to resist and rebel against Kar-Sagg and defeat an entire squad of Kree soldiers sent to subdue him. Impressed that Midnight Sun managed to rebel against him, Kar-Sagg took pity on him as he allowed him to leave unharmed; as he left, the memories of his past he had relived were gone from his mind, leaving him to ponder the question of who he was. Requiring no sustenance, Midnight Sun meditated on the moon.
When he detected the Silver Surfer passing by, he confronted him, holding a vague memory that the Silver Surfer was someone from his past who might provide him with clues. Mute, unable to communicate with the Surfer, Midnight Sun attacked the Surfer in order to force him to stay, the Surfer defeated him again; when the Surfer removed Midnight Sun's mask in order to treat his injuries, he was surprised to discover a horribly mangled face. Enraged, Midnight Sun renewed their fight until the Inhumans intervened, offering to take him back to Atillan, their city on the moon, in order to treat his wounds and find some means to communicate with him. Midnight Sun and the Silver Surfer parted as friends. A mute Midnight Sun returned to fight Shang-Chi once more, but they too parted as friends with Shang-Chi referring to themselves as "brothers". In 2014's Deadly Hands of Kung Fu miniseries, Midnight Sun returned having masterminded a plot to murder the heads of the triads and by powerful black magic realize his father's dreams.
As the plot resulted in the death of Leiko Wu, her former lover Shang-Chi came to investigate with MI:6, the Daughters of the Dragon, the Sons of the Tiger. Midnight Sun's plan is foiled and he is pulled into a dimensional portal by the forces he sought to collude with; as an agent of Fu Manchu, Midnight was a trai
Midnight (Tor Miller song)
"Midnight" is a song by the indie pop artist, Tor Miller, on his debut extended play, Headlights EP. When asked about "Midnight", Miller said that, "When I wrote'Midnight... I had just flown to London for a long period of recording. During that time I was getting into all these biographies and autobiographies about the'70s punk scene...'Midnight' was like a love note for the city and in a strange way an homage to a bygone era." This track is a gospel-like, piano-driven song that lyrically touches about Miller's hometown, New York City. The song starts acoustically with piano, played by Tor Miller himself, before it builds with background guitar, group harmonies, percussion, a string section, falsetto by Miller. "Midnight" clocks at 4 minutes 13 seconds. The song has been positively by critics, with Zane Lowe of BBC Radio 1 announcing it to be the "Hottest Record In The World" for the week. Miller's husky, distinctive vocals is regarded as the highlight of the song, while the lyrics are praise for its vivid and poetic description of the city.
The music video for "Midnight" premiered on 9 March 2015. It is a black-and-white video in which Miller, wearing a long coat and neck scarf, is seen walking through New York City, featuring its traffic jams and subway during a cold midnight
Midnight is a 2003 album by Diane Schuur, of songs written by Barry Manilow. "Meet Me, Midnight" – 2:58 "When October Goes" – 4:49 "Stay Away from Bill" – 3:49 "I'll Be There" – 4:19 "Consider the Point from Both Ends" – 4:12 "What Is Love?" – 3:31 "He Loved Me" – 4:06 "Southwind" – 2:39 "Our Love Will Always Be There" – 3:32 "No Heartache Tonight" – 3:32 "Good-Bye My Love" – 3:58 "Life Is Good" – 4:02 "Anytime" – 3:01All songs written by Barry Manilow, co-writers indicated