Book Review: SAMSON AND DENIAL by Robert Ford

Here we are again…I’ve read more of Bob Ford’s work, and I’m here to sing his praises some more. 2019 has been quite a year for my bookshelves, which are near collapse under the weight of my favorite authors’ work. This year has been exceptional with regards to discovering new-to-me writers, many of which do not get the recognition they deserve. Bob Ford is included in this fine group of talented people.


I feel like I’m backpedaling a bit as I make my way through his books, as I started out by reading some of his collaborative work, and then picked up his solo writing. That brings us to SAMSON AND DENIAL, my latest read, in which I was thrilled to recognize some characters from his other stories. This is a novella, so it was easy to fly through it, but like the rest of Bob’s stories, I didn’t want it to end. I’m not sure how else to describe it, but reading his work is like sitting down with an old friend– one you haven’t seen for years, but somehow it feels like no time has passed. There’s a comfort and familiarity in the writing. This novella contains all of the things I hold dear about Bob’s work, so forgive me if I sound like a broken record, but I need to mention these aspects again. It’s a short tale, yet packed with solid character development, witty dialogue, humor, just enough horror, and heart. This is a winning combination to me.

If you’re looking to start your journey with his work, this would be a great place to start. (Plus, you’ll be fully prepared to spot the “Easter eggs” along the way as you read his other solo work and collaborations). The last thing I’ll say here is important. There are a handful of authors whose writing grips me from page one, and keeps me engaged until the very end, and Bob Ford is one of these talented people.

5/5 Stars

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