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A short story set in the small, fictional town of Now, Indiana, circa 1940. A man, Troy, returns to his hometown after 10 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 for which he bargained. Something diabolical.

©2017 Michael Bussa (P)2018 Michael Bussa

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Hang the Dang Picture

Just like Gizmo came with rules about not feeding after midnight or getting wet, some other curiosities have rules that must be followed. If you absolutely must have a painting that is not for sale and they finally acquiesce to sell it but with rules, you follow those rules. Despite initially feeling sympathetic for Troy I started to dislike him for his inability to follow rules and his increasing hostility towards Laura. Once that feeling set in I felt whatever Troy got he deserved.

The story itself is quite unique and not at all what I expected. The ending really caught me off guard and I quite enjoyed that. I suppose it might have been that the story was told so well that I got lost in the words and the excellent narration. As much as I enjoyed the overall story I really liked how it was told. Troy returning home for the first time and reminiscing in his bedroom and getting food at the local diner was told quite eloquently and got me feeling all warm and fuzzy. That rug got ripped out from under my feet immediately.

Krage Brown did a fantastic job. I really enjoyed his accent and the excitement he put into the story. His subtle change in tone and cadence for Troy and Laura really brought the story to life. I hope to hear more from him.

I was voluntarily provided this free review copy audiobook by the author, narrator, or publisher.

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Holds you attention

Short, but now always sweet. Troy finds out he has cancer and returns to his hometown where he finds an unusual shop. He purchases a piece of wall art and is told to hang it immediately. As in any good horror, he sets the picture aside to hang tomorrow. What happens next will keep you listening to the end!

Krage Brown will keep you on the edge of your seat with excellent narration.

I received this audible free at my request. I'm glad to provide my review.

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  • Al
  • British Columbia
  • 12-13-18

Not your father's Dorian Grey

Troy Price is terminally ill. He decides to return to his hometown in Now, Indiana after a decade's absence, despite his family having all passed away. While there, he discovers a strange antique shop, and decides to seek something unique to help combat his waxing depression. A painting catches his eye, and despite the exorbitant price tag of $10,ooo (this is set in 1940), he springs for it. He brings it to his parents now derelict house, and then things start to get weird.

This is a rather engaging short story, with a nice job done by the narrator (it's an audiobook), although he sure doesn't sound like he's from Indiana. The plot moves nicely, and while your never likely to poop your pants, the double ending - yes, double - is well worth your time. I'll have to investigate more of this author's works.

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Spooky, Chilling Pulp Horror

Reminiscent of a classic episode of the Rod Serling television show Night Gallery, or a story from one of those old Weird Tales pulp magazines, Price Of Now is an enjoyably wicked tale. And like all good short fiction, it leaves you wanting more.
I was provided with a free review copy of the audiobook, in exchange for an honest review, and I am happy to say that I greatly enjoyed it. The story is spooky in a classic way, and the narrator is a good, natural fit.
Recommended.

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Creepy

An easy to listen to short story. Narration was perfect, and when the book was over, I was left wanting more. The characters aren't sympathetic, but that isn't a necessity for me to like a story. Other than that, it's hard to comment on specifics without revealing spoilers. Definitely worth a listen.

I was given this free review copy audiobook at my request and have voluntarily left this review.

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  • RJ
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  • 12-07-18

Gem of a find!

Given my reluctance for short stories, I am always looking for good ones. I am glad to say I found one in “Price of Now”. This horror tale grabbed me and held my interest from the opening paragraph. There is a bit of Hitchcock or Twilight Zone suggested here. I love the tale and am happy to find talented short story writers. This audiobook was given by the author, narrator, or publisher at no cost in exchange for an unbiased review via Audiobook Boom.

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Short, intense and creepy

Another short story to creep me out. I love it! Short and just creepy enough to leave me feeling a little odd by the time it was over. I love a book that leaves me with an odd feeling and something to think about. The narration of this book was fantastic!! I was voluntarily provided this review copy audiobook at no charge by the author, publisher and/or narrator.

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Great short story

This was a great short horror story. You got to listen to the rules and don't trust everybody. Loved it all and was surprised when the end came. I had forgotten that this was a short story. There were so many places that I could see the story go and different turns that it could take had it more time but for what the true intentions of a short story was I thought it was neatly well done.
I was given this free review copy audiobook at my request and have voluntarily left this review. I am glad I discover Michael Bussa's work and will continue to enjoy what ever else he comes up with in his mind.

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Great Read

Price of Now was another great quick read by Michael Bussa. Troy returns to his hometown after ten years. He visits an antique store on Halloween and comes across a painting. Unfortunately something isn’t right about the painting. This was another great quick read by Michael Bussa.

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Loved this story!

Halfway in, you will wonder what is this book about; but it is a gem. No spoilers, but it is a creepy little read and I absolutely loved the ending!
The narrator was first class and I enjoyed listening to his work.
I prefer shorter stories and listen while commuting, this book was perfect for me.

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  • Norma Miles
  • 11-30-18

He's the one.

A well written horror story by Michael Bussa which would sit nicely in the Twilight Zone. The synopsis given fully covers the basics, to say more would reveal it all. Suffice it to say that, whilst there was a predictability from early in the story, the ending was still surprising. The writing is atmospheric, the lights dimmed and things go bump not necessarily in the night.
This feeling of shivers down the spine is enhanced by Krage Brown's very pleasant reading. No tricks to get in the way of the text, just a well intoned telling, slightly slowly paced. Much better than any attempts at spookiness.

A short story which packs a lot of creepiness and suspense, with good basic characterisation and great visuals. Love the knitting! Good fun.

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  • Ostfeld
  • 11-29-18

So much in so little.

Only Michael Bussa could have written this much in such a short audiobook, it’s a talent that he possess.
Every word is just right, really amazing book.
He sure knows how to grab you from the first word to the last in a beautiful creation which keeps twisting you around the whole time.
And when he coupled it with Krage Brown to do a perfect narration you get a masterpiece.
And it’s not the first time that he surprises like that with his books.
I only wish that his book would have kept going longer but on the other hand I’ve listened to so many books that where much much longer saying much much less.

I fully recommend this magical audiobook!