Editor’s note: The following contains spoilers for Episode 11 of The Sandman.The last episode of hypnotic He has the honor to adapt one of the most chilling and compelling tales in Neil GaimanComic book “Calliope” authorship. The said anecdote centers around the honorary inspiration Calliope (Melissanthi Mahut), who is trapped on the ground and forced to support the writing career of the writer Erasmus Frey (Derek Jacobi). Fry finally gave Calliope to Richard Maddock (Arthur Darville) to take advantage of its powers. Soon Fry is found dead – and Calliope gains her freedom when she enlists the help of her ex-husband, Morpheus (Tom Sturridge). When one of Maddock’s aides named Nora (Amita SumanMaddock tells her to release Calliope, she finds the inspiration room is empty – save for a copy of Fry’s first book, Here comes a candle.
Why does Calliope leave “Here Comes a Candle” in her room?
Here comes a candle He plays a major role in both the comics and the episode, being the first book that Frye wrote before he began abusing Calliope to take advantage of her powers. When he “dedicates” Calliope to Maddock, Frye had only one request: this Here comes a candle It will be reprinted. “I was especially proud of this person,” he said before taking his leave of the two. Maddock never takes it. Calliope’s leaving the book behind may be a reminder that creators don’t necessarily need gifts from the gods to be great or a warning to others who might try to follow in Frey and Maddock’s footsteps.
In the comic version of the story, a close-up of the book’s dust jacket shows a damning quote: “She was his inspiration—and the slave of his lust!” Such an announcement reveals the indignities that Calliope suffered at the hands of Frey, and later at the hands of Maddock. All the work produced by their divine “inspiration” came at a heavy price and was Gaiman’s comment on how some authors would mistreat and mistreat others in order to gain a modicum of fame. But surprisingly, there is also a real book titled Here comes a candle – Its contents are chilling parallel to the events of the episode.
Real life “Here Comes a Candle” provides a chilling parallel
A real life novel written by Frederick Brown, is often seen as ahead of its time due to its unconventional structure as well as the many twists and turns involved in the narrative. The novel centers on a young man named Joe Bailey, whose life is about to change for the worse. Billy works for a blackmailer named Mitch until he becomes involved with a girl named Ellie whose uncle runs the restaurant he frequents. But Billy is also attracted to Mitch’s girlfriend Francine, and plans to win her over. On top of that, he is dealing with a long-suppressed shock surrounding his father’s death. Brown was a prolific writer – in fact, one of his short stories “Arena” was the genesis of Star Trek: The Original Series Episode of the same name – but Here comes a candle It stands out due to its dark nature and terrible finish.
The book takes its name from the old British nursery rhyme “Oranges and Lemons,” specifically the closing verse: “Here comes a candle to light you to bed / Here comes the chopper to chop off your head! / Chip-chip-chip cuts down the last man died.” This simple rhyme aptly describes the fate of the character in Brown’s novel, as well as each of the authors of Calliope. All Billy’s baggage is falling on him with fatal results. Fry, who has collected ancient relics known as bezoars to protect himself, ends up taking his own life.
The most disturbing fate befalls Maddock, when he confronts Morpheus. When Maddock refuses to let Calliope go because it would hurt his career, the Dreammaster isn’t too happy with his actions. “I have been held for over sixty years,” he growls. “Breaking. Abusive. Desecrated. And you won’t release her because you need ideas? Well, if those are the ideas you want, then you’ll have them in abundance.” According to his word, Morpheus placed a curse on Maddock so that he could not stop expressing thoughts – even cutting his body and writing them in blood. Morpheus removes the curse of Calliope’s insistence, but that leaves Maddock where he was at the beginning of the episode – without ideas. It leaves him wondering if he has any talent for writing at all.