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.
- The story is set in the fictional town of Arkham, a major focus of many Mythos stories.
- When disturbed by something he sees, Frank Nardi makes the Elder Sign to ward himself against evil.
- Keziah Mason was originally a character created by H. P. Lovecraft for his 1932 short story "The Dreams in the Witch-House."
The Arkham Detective Agency Series
|"The Idea of Fear" • "Cruelty" • "The Nest of Pain" • "Slaves for the Slaughter Sect" • "Call and Response" • "Miskatonic Contradance" • "Family Tradition" • "Light a Candle, Curse the Darkness" • "Il Segno Giallo" • "Echo of a Distant Scream" • "Closure" • "Witch Fire" • "Bonanza" • "Reeling Back" • "Those Folk Below" • "She Wore a Trench Coat" • "Clear the Air" • "A Walk in the Shadows" • "A Pleasure in Madness"|