Jeffrey's World :: Vanitas by Jeffrey Ford
Vanitas: A Novel
Trade Paperback
Space & Time Press
1988
 

Who was the mad inventor Scarfinati? Whence came his mysterious powers? What dark secret caused him to meddle in innocent lives? His bizarre life story unfolds at the Carnival of the Dead, where a young woman seeks his spirit's forgiveness for accidentally killing him -- and nothing is as it seems!

"Shades of Lovecraft and Bradbury make for an absorbing, fast-paced horror/sf/mystery..." -- The Bookwatch

"Ford plays with words like a literary master, weaving his twisting tale gently in and out among his characters..." -- Knoxville News-Sentinel