If you are someone who loves diving deeper into the written works that inspire your favorite dramas, then you will love  Gravity Tales! This website specializes in translating popular Chinese and Korean novels into English so that international fans can enjoy them too, and they recently added Ghost Blows Out the Light, the hit web novel that the drama Candle in the Tomb is based on, to their collection!

According to Gravity Tales, "Ghost Blows Out the Light (鬼 吹灯) is a Chinese web novel written by The Ruler Under the Heavens in 2006 (天下霸唱). This influential web novel popularized the Grave Robbing genre. During its serialization, it had an estimated 6 million readers following it. The novel is ~700,000 words long and is under the Supernatural category." 

“Set in the 1980s, the novel follows former soldier Hu Bayi and his partner as they raid tombs in search of valuables. The two team up with an American archaeologist after they fall victim to a curse, and to release themselves from it they must seek clues found among ancient mythical sites across China.

The title is derived from an old Chinese saying, credited by the author to genuine grave robbers: 'A human lights the candle and the ghosts blow it out.' According to the author, grave robbers would place a candle in the south-east corner of a tomb after entering, in an attempt to make contact with the dead. If the candle was extinguished it was a sign that the spirits within opposed the intrusion, and the robbers would be obliged to depart, leaving everything intact and undisturbed.”

The first three chapters are ready for you to read and comment on along with other fans!

Also be sure to catch up on the fantasy/adventure drama based on the novel right here on DramaFever:


Candle in the Tomb - 鬼吹灯之精绝古城

Starring Joe (Qiao En) Chen and Jin Dong

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