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Candle Man Competition – win the book

Welcome to my cool competition – thanks to those kind people at Egmont UK, we have five brand new UK editions of Candle Man to give away!

Candle Man – in case this is your first visit to this site – is a creepy fantasy story, for 9-99 year-olds. It features a teenager, Theo, who has been kept indoors all his life, by a strange guardian who tells him he has a rare illness. But one day, Theo stumbles across a secret room – and a picture of  a Victorian crime-fighter: The Candle Man. Who is this mysterious figure? And why does Theo look just like him..?

The Candle Man has the power to melt his enemies like wax. To be in with a chance of winning one of five books, just answer this question:

if you had the power, who would you melt?

Please include your address, in case you win!

If you aren’t the melting kind, then just drop me a line telling me the power you would like to have, instead.

Send your answer via this blog, or contact me through my website:

Or email:

In case you’re wondering whether to enter or not, here are a few kind reviews my book has received already…

“Unique in a world full of copycats.” Deseret News, Salt Lake City

“The opening chapter of this is one of the most gripping you’ll encounter all year… I do like the world of this novel – its smoky darkness, its descent into pitch black sewers, its mysteries dripping with intrigue and the bizarre… it has the power to absorb to the end.”  The

“The humour in this book is perfectly suited to middle grade readers. It varies from quirky, to dark, to gruesome – `Sorry, sir, but I thought you might like to know. Your face is melting’ is a one-liner worthy of a classic Bond film or Carry on Screaming! Mr Dakin uses this humour very well – he knows when and, more importantly, when not to use it; some authors try to put too much humour in to their stories, but this is not evident in this book. The author even manages to use humour in some of the darker scenes, through the almost comical actions of his Smoglodytes. Think ‘Gremlins’ …” The Book Zone

“It was very elegant in its imparting of messages and it was full of quick wit … I am really looking forward to seeing where these books are headed…” Raging Bibliomania

Candle Man: The Society of Unrelenting Vigilance is a witty, smart, entertaining fantasy novel that left me quite, ahem, “vigilantly” looking out for the next book in this trilogy. ;)” Bibliophile Support Group

“This book was filled with interesting characters, the likes of which I can only compare to Lemony Snicket… Full of thrilling adventures, Candle Man pulls you into the story and makes you crave more.” Bookworming in the 21st Century

“Dakin skillfully brings moral ambiguity into the narrative, giving the writing a more sophisticated flair than standard superhero fare. Fast-paced action, gleefully ghoulish monsters and intrigue keep the narrative flowing…  A bright light in the fantasy genre, this debut novel will leave fans eager for further illumination.” Kirkus Reviews

“The skills of the author in bringing everything to life (or unlife) is sometimes a bit too much to take.” John Lloyd, (


Please don’t forget to include name, age and address with your entry! Competition runs till March 31st, 2010.

Happy melting!



About Glenn Dakin

Glenn Dakin is a writer, cartoonist and editor. He is author of the Candle Man series of fantasy novels for Egmont. His best-known comics are Abe - an autobiographical strip (Top Shelf);Temptation (Penguin Books and Active Images); Spider-Man heroes and Villains (Eaglemoss);the Rockpool Files (With Phil Elliott, Slave Labor/Marvel UK); Robot Crusoe (Funday TImes); Plasmer (Marvel UK); Clan Destine (Marvel USA).

3 responses to “Candle Man Competition – win the book

  1. Laura ⋅

    If I had the same power as Theo, it would be difficult to use unless under extreme situations. So I’ll say that I would melt anyone that tried to hurt my family or close friends.

  2. Rebecca

    I’ve emailed my entry, but the email is very long, so in summary:
    I’d rather not melt people, but it’s difficult to choose another power.
    In the end, I’d go for the ability to induce hallucinations in others.

    (but if I absolutedly had to melt someone, it’d be Stephenie Meyer, the author of Twilight)

    • Thanks for this ( I did enjoy the long email by the way!) , and for all the other entries… the competition closes on March 31st, and the winners will be announced then. Things not looking too good for Prime Minister Gordon Brown at the moment, who has achieved quite a lot of melting nominations!

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