A short story, set in the small, fictional town of Now, Indiana, circa 1940. A man, Troy, returns to his hometown after ten years when he is diagnosed with cancer in his prime.
Distraught, Troy visits a local antique store on Halloween night, hoping to find something to comfort him in his last weeks. He stumbles across a painting so compelling, he must have it, at all cost — he must have it…now!
Soon, Troy learns there is something more to the painting than he bargained for. Something diabolical.
The story has all the elements of a good scary story. The author has a way of leading you to believe that you can predict the ending, then – BAM – he throws you for a loop at the ending! This chilling tale is frightening. It reminded me of an old Chicago tv show called Creature Features.