“Samson and Denial” is a new novella from Bob Ford. Part good old-fashioned horror story, part character study on the necessity and danger of denial as a survival mechanism – it’s an engrossing story that hides a surprising depth. Ford packs a hell of a lot (and a lot of hell) in to these 125 pages.
The story follows Samson, a man of not a few faults and shortcomings:
We’ve never met, you know me. There’s someone like me in every crowd.
I’m the guy who always has a stain on his shirt or has his fly unzipped. I’m the guy who leaves the men’s room with a ribbon of toilet paper trailing from the heel of his shoe. On a Chinese calendar I’m the guy who’s born in the year of the pig or the rabbit or the cock. Never something cool like the year of the tiger or the dragon.
I’m never the cool guy.