Lucky McKee has always been a bit of a strange one. It’s a point he’s explored as a filmmaker and as a writer. In 2002 he wrote and directed a story about a social outcast named May and four years later he played the titular outcast of Roman. His films tend to revolve around unique characters and situations, and while they seem to fall under the umbrella of the horror genre, he doesn’t view them as such, but rather as character-driven stories that happen to proceed from some dark or scary place. That sensibility has followed him into his literary career as well. I’m Not Sam is his fourth collaborative effort with Jack Ketchum, and their second full-length book. Their first, The Woman, was made as a film which won Best Horror Film honors at the Toronto After Dark Film Festival, won him and Jack Ketchum the Best Screenplay Award at the Sitges Film Festival in Spain, and garnered critical and popular praise throughout the world. Lucky lives deep in the wilds of Oklahoma with his vicious lesbian guard dog, Veronica.