I wasn’t planning on reading this story today. I just happened to be checking some mail and noticed a posting about a new Stephen King short story at The Atlantic. (My intended story will just have to wait.) Herman Wouk Is Still Alive is a quick read, done over my lunch break. It’s intense, which isn’t a surprise coming from Stephen King. I just don’t know if I would have read it on my lunch had I known what would happen. It’s sad. It’s not bloody and violent the way The Dark Tower is, it’s psychological, like Under The Dome. I wonder how Stephen King develops the minds of some of his characters. Does he have a collection of psychological texts and case studies to draw on or does he just see the potential for twisted behaviour in people? Herman Wouk Is Still Alive is powerfully unnerving. After thinking about it, maybe I’m glad that I wasn’t alone, that there were three other people in the lunch room with me, so I wasn’t fully itching to get out of my skin. If you enjoy stories that are in the hidden, deep parts of the mind, then this King read is for you.