"The Candle"
Published in: Shadows & Tall Trees #2
Reprinted in: Imaginarium 2012
Every House Is Haunted

Date: August 2011 (Shadows & Tall Trees)
July 2012 (Imaginarium 2012)
October 2012 (Every House Is Haunted)
January 2013 (eShort)


Shadows & Tall Trees
Undertow Books

Imaginarium 2012
ChiZine Publications

Every House Is Haunted

Notes: "The Candle" received an honourable mention in The Best Horror of the Year, Volume 4 edited by Ellen Datlow.

This quiet little horror story was inspired by the year my wife and I rented the first floor of a house in downtown Peterborough.

The couple in the story isn't us, but nearly everything else is true.

Except for what happens to them.


"The Candle" by Ian Rogers is a superb example of "quiet horror" lurking behind daily trivial events such as the bedtime conversation of an old couple and the simple act of getting up to check if a candle has been blown out.


Shadows and Tall Trees 2

Imaginarium 2012

"Every House Is Haunted"