Tuesday, November 20, 2012
I'm Not Sam - by Jack Ketchum and Lucky McKee - Morally challenging novella
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.