Umney's Last Case

Umney's Last Case is a short story by American author Stephen King, first published in King's collection Nightmares & Dreamscapes (1993).wikipedia
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Umney's Last Case is a short story by American author Stephen King, first published in King's collection Nightmares & Dreamscapes (1993). Prior to the story's original appearance in the Nightmares & Dreamscapes collection, Viking Press made the text available online three weeks prior to the book's publication in September 1993 via OBS (The Online Bookstore) for $5.

Nightmares & Dreamscapes: From the Stories of Stephen King

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"Umney's Last Case" was included as the third installment of TNT's Nightmares and Dreamscapes: From the Stories of Stephen King, starring William H. Macy in a dual role as both Umney and the author.
Episodes based on stories from the Nightmares & Dreamscapes collection are "Umney's Last Case", "You Know They Got a Hell of a Band", "The End of the Whole Mess", "The Fifth Quarter" and "Crouch End".

Stephen King short fiction bibliography

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Umney's Last Case is a short story by American author Stephen King, first published in King's collection Nightmares & Dreamscapes (1993).

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Umney's Last Case is a short story by American author Stephen King, first published in King's collection Nightmares & Dreamscapes (1993).

Penguin Group

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In July 1995, it was published as a separate paperback as part of Penguin's 60th anniversary.

Metalepsis

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Umney's Last Case is an example of metalepsis in narratology.

Viking Press

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Prior to the story's original appearance in the Nightmares & Dreamscapes collection, Viking Press made the text available online three weeks prior to the book's publication in September 1993 via OBS (The Online Bookstore) for $5.

Raymond Chandler

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The story begins as a Raymond Chandler pastiche, and follows a private investigator named Clyde Umney as he goes about what he thinks is just another morning in 1930s Los Angeles.

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The story begins as a Raymond Chandler pastiche, and follows a private investigator named Clyde Umney as he goes about what he thinks is just another morning in 1930s Los Angeles.

TNT (American TV network)

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"Umney's Last Case" was included as the third installment of TNT's Nightmares and Dreamscapes: From the Stories of Stephen King, starring William H. Macy in a dual role as both Umney and the author.

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"Umney's Last Case" was included as the third installment of TNT's Nightmares and Dreamscapes: From the Stories of Stephen King, starring William H. Macy in a dual role as both Umney and the author.

Dread Central

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Jon Condit of DreadCentral rated the episode two out of five stars.

DVD Verdict

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Brian Pope of DVD Verdict rated it a B+ and said that Macy's performance was worthy of an Emmy.

DVD Talk

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Christopher Noseck of DVD Talk said that the episode is "not completely satisfying" but is the best of the episodes on that disc.

The New York Times

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Virginia Heffernan of The New York Times called it "a gonzo noir special with some postmodern curlicues" that emphasizes class issues common to King's work.

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The production budgets range from a few hundred dollars to over $60,000 (Umney's Last Case) and the film formats range from home video to professional 35 mm film.

Jacqueline McKenzie

In 2006, McKenzie also starred as Linda Landry in "Umney's Last Case" opposite William H. Macy – the third episode of Nightmares and Dreamscapes on TNT.

Word Processor of the Gods

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King himself revisited this theme in "Umney's Last Case," in which a hard-boiled private investigator discovers he is a fictional character whose creator plans to write him out of existence in order to take his place.

Metaphysical detective story

Some of the most popular metaphysical detective fictions include Singing Detective written by Dennis Potter in 1986 and Umney's Last Case written by Stephen King in 1993.