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This subject is written on a topic in the real world and reflects factual information. This subject contains information from the Expanded Cthulhu Mythos, and not based on H.P. Lovecraft's works directly. "Light a Candle, Curse the Darkness" is a short story by Paula R. Stiles which forms part of the Arkham Detective Agency series created by C. J. Henderson.


Whilst looking into the history of a piece of land as part of a contract, private investigator Frank Nardi listens to a former paramedic's tale of how an evil witch turned her colleagues into kittens.


  • Frank Nardi, retired NYPD homicide detective turned private investigator.
  • Ms. Johnson, former paramedic, now working as a supernatural investigator.
  • Keziah Mason, practitioner of black magic.
  • Angela Barrett, former paramedic.
  • Josie Kittredge, former paramedic.
  • Sam Lee, former paramedic.

Behind the Mythos[]

  • "Light a Candle, Curse the Darkness" was written by Paula E. Stiles on request by editor Brian M. Sammons. It was published by Dark Regions Press in the anthology Arkham Detective Agency in November 2017.
  • The title of the piece is based off of the phrase: "It is better to light a candle than curse the darkness" which is a Chinese proverb meaning it is better to do something about a problem than just complain about it.

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