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Life is good for Patrick and his wife of eight years, Sam, until the night when Patrick finds Sam naked and trembling in the corner. He addresses her by name and she screams out, “I’m not Sam!” Who she is, she claims, is Lily, and, judging by her behavior, she’s about five years old. A trip to the hospital confirms there is nothing physically awry—so who the hell is Lily? This is a novella-length work, but the authors wring out more than enough awkwardness, as Patrick watches his sexy and confident wife pouting for candy, picking her nose in public, and having trouble wiping up after bathroom visits. It’s painfully clear early on how the plot is gathering steam: Patrick’s increasingly unbearable urge to make love to his wife, just like normal, even though now that might make him something of a pedophile. You’d expect nothing less from the provocateurs behind The Woman (2012), whom you can almost hear giggling in the background at the reader’s discomfort. An epilogue provides some concrete answers—and delivers a well-needed climactic kick. --Daniel Kraus --This text refers to the Hardcover edition.

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He is, quite simply, one of the best in the business, on par with Clive Barker, James Ellroy, and Thomas Harris. --Stephen King --This text refers to the Hardcover edition.
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Product Details

  • Paperback: 114 pages
  • Publisher: Sinister Grin Press (October 1, 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0983911843
  • ISBN-13: 978-0983911845
  • Product Dimensions: 5 x 0.3 x 8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 6.4 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (43 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #161,229 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Format: Paperback
Patrick and Sam have been married for 8 years. He makes his living drawing graphic novels and she is a forensic pathologist.

There is still much love after 8 years together. It shows well in the love-making scenes, handled skillfully by the writers. I'd say the scenes are titillating, without being vulgar.

Everything in the story is going swimmingly, but after another night of passion, things change fast and oh so, not for the better. When they wake up, Sam is no longer herself. After a visit to the Doc, Patrick learns his wife believes she's a child. A child of about 5 or 6.

The circumstances are intriguing and the situation calls for restraint. After all, she still has Sam's body and she's still Patrick's wife.

I found I'm Not Sam to be a totally enjoyable page turner, start to finish. And when you get to the end, there's more. That "more" will turn everything upside down. When all is said and done, I'm still tossing the moral implications around in my mind.

The idea for I'm Not Sam started as a short story that Jack Ketchum and Lucky Mckee wanted to work into a film, but apparently this story had a mind of its own. As a result, it winds up as the written word, a novella that Ketchum and McKee have decided to use as a launching pad for another story which they hope to make into a film. Time will tell.

I'm Not Sam is available in a wide variety of formats from a number of sources. Probably best just to google the title and authors.

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Format: Hardcover
I wasn't sure what to expect of this book before reading it as far as what it would be like. I do know I was not expecting it to be like it turned out to be. Having read Ketchum before one thing I did expect was at least bit of violence, but there is not really any violence to speak of, with the exception of throwing things around.

While this lacked the usual violence and death of previous Ketchum books I have read, it did not need it for the horror to show itself. The basic plot is that Patrick and his wife, Sam have been married 8 years and have a good life together. That all changes one night when Patrick awakens to discover Sam has somehow changed. Sam is not who she was. Sam is no longer Sam. What results is Patrick trying to figure out exactly what has happened to his wife and tries to figure out how fix whatever is wrong with her.

This short novella packs quite a punch in its pages. To add even more of punch to the gut, there is a short story included after the end of the novella. After taking a few minutes to think of and absorb the impact of this story, as requested in the introduction, I continued on to the short story. The short story packs another punch to the gut, despite its short length.

The first part is very powerful and definitely qualifies as a horror story in my mind, despite the lack of what is usually thought of in a typical horror story. Adding the 2nd story just added to the impact this book had with me. I rarely sit and absorb the end result of a story when I am finished, especially with horror ones. This is because there usually isn't something deep to think of and ponder just what could happen.
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Let's just say this wasn't exactly what I had expected. Reading the reviews made me think this was a psychological thriller/"horror" with a great twist delivered in the second part of the book. After reading I'm Not Sam, I felt nothing but disappointment. No twist, no horror, no clever kick thrown in right at the end that made me say "aha! no way!" That's what I wanted. What I got was a well written and very realistic little book that is just that and nothing more. So if you're looking for something that wraps everything up with a wicked, twisted explanation, this is not it. Bland.
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"I'm Not Sam" is a short work by co-authors Jack Ketchum and Lucky McKee. This Kindle e-book was a Kb 254 download (approx. 115 printed pages) and sold for $2.99 at the time of writing this review.

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Samantha and Patrick have been married for eight years and between them they own a special older and arthritic cat, called Zoey. (Zoey is mentioned at this point because she's an integral part of this tale). These last eight years have been wonderful with their compatibility growing into a wonderful love, a special friendship, and great sex... well, not just great sex, but sex with orgasmic climaxes of galactic proportions. All is well in this heavenly union, until one morning Patrick awakes to find Sam changed. And when he calls her name to ask her what's wrong, she stares at him as she would a stranger and announces 'I'm not Sam'... and from this point their lives change forever.

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Some thoughts on "I'm not Sam"...

1.) it is a beautifully written and brilliantly told piece of literature. A quasi-thriller if you will. A book in which I could barely wait to turn the page and at the same time, apprehensive as to that I was going to find there. The material of goosebumps!

2.) a sense of pace and timing that is superb.

3.) while a truly interesting and intriguing tale in its own right, it is the author's ability to relate the main character's (Patrick) observations that is the main focal point of this short work... his insightful comments about intimate situations and relationships.

4.) I thought that the use of the sexually related vernacular was not only justified but completely appropriate as it applied to the relationship between Sam and Patrick.
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