Nightmares & Dreamscapes: From the Stories of Stephen King

Season 1 Episode 3

Umney's Last Case

Aired Wednesday 9:00 PM Jul 19, 2006 on TNT

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  • A writer takes the place of the character he created.

    As far as alternate reality stories go, this is not a bad example. The writer showing up 'inside' the story is a very modernist, literary story-telling mechanism and it doesn't always work. In this story, it seems to work until you question the script, particularly the motives. Escaping into a simpler world may seem attrative, but a writer should know that there is always something more lurking underneath the fabric of the story. When even his wife knows about his fantasy about taking the place of his main character and when she is in agreement that the character would be preferable to the author, they both seem to forget that both are one and the same, so whatever the character could provide, the author 'should' be able to provide as well.