ScreamingCandle is the publishing vehicle for the work of Patrick Lewis of Washington DC.  As a reader and writer, I’m endlessly fascinated by the strange and awesome as well as the mundane. I’d like to say that I have some kind of overriding philosophy behind my fiction, but I really don’t.  Each piece has its own philosophy.  Maybe I haven’t hit a groove yet.  I shoot for awesome and am liberal with the “magic goop” in my stories.  I tend to hit topics that are recent because that’s what is on my mind.  And every once in a while, I will rant on issues.

Legal goo: The contents of this website are all protected, covered and subject to Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial-ShareAlike 4.0 International License.  You can basically do what you like but you have to say that I was the original creator and you can’t sell it.  Fan-fic away folks!

As this progresses, it will be pretty obvious that I have only the simplest and most flimsy of plans for this site and my work in general.  While I’ve written things that go down a number of different paths, I intend to run with posts on a particular piece until it’s done or at a natural stopping point.  This is for me more that anything else because I’m an easily distracted and lost soul.

The origins of ScreamingCandle come about simply because my real name, Patrick Lewis, is somewhat boring and not terribly unique.  I’ve actually met other Patrick Lewis’s, such as Pat N. Lewis who is an Awesome cartoonist in Pittsburgh.  So since I’m not a unique snowflake, I thought I’d have a fun name.

The name itself is ripped completely off of the name of a band two college friends and roommates, Eric Liebner and Joel Swan formed with some other person.  It was part of a progression from Laughing Candle, Laughing Candle and the Flesh Chair Disciples, etc, that were essentially Eric, Joel and company.  The idea that the candle was screaming because you’d scream too if your head was on fire and melting your brains struck me as funny and so I took it. Having been an integral part of the founding of that fount of nonsense, I don’t feel too bad for pulling that nugget back out.

So… that’s the gist.  This site will remain free and will remain active as long as people are still interested.

Stay weird.