Since Stephen King is one of my favorite authors, I have subscribed to a Stephen King newsletter. Whenever a new piece of work is being released or when the author is going to be making an appearance, I receive a notice in my email telling me all the details. I love it because I know that I will not miss out on his short stories that often pop up randomly in different magazines . . . stories that cannot be found anywhere else (at least that I'm aware of)! This is one of these very stories that appeared in Esquire in July 2007 . . . yes, I am just now getting around to reading it!
Anyways, this is a story about Em . . . a woman who recently lost a child, who's marriage is falling apart, and begins to run to avoid the pain and to cope with the many tragedies in her life. In fact, she literally runs out on her husband to Florida to help herself think and heal. Instead of finding the peace she needs, she becomes face-to-face with another struggle and it is the running, that once may have been out of hand, that ultimately may just save her life.
Personally, I think King has a way of getting inside any character's head and relating to everyday people. He is amazing at character development and writes in such a way that always keeps the reader entertained, even through the scarier bits of his stories. Though he is more widely known as a horror author, I truly believe that he is one of the best writers of our time and does not get the appreciation that he deserves from literary circles. Maybe a hundred years from now, he will!
Well, getting off that soapbox . . . For your own email updates, go to Stephen King's Official Website. You can sign up for the newsletter under the section titled "miscellany."