The Past as Jack-o-lantern

I've begun scanning pieces of writing from my earlier days. This for instance is the cover from my first (failed) novel. The title was a blatant ripoff of "The Ginger Man" by J. P. Donleavy. The plot was non-existent especially considering it was set in Dublin and I had never traveled to Dublin. Despite these petty indiscretions, it's a failure worth remembering.