In The Sandman S01E11 second part, after Calliope got free there was "Here Comes a Candle" left behind. It's the same novel Erasmus Fry wanted to be reprinted. Is there any significance of this specific novel or its title to the episode?
When Nora goes to free Calliope, all she finds in the room is a copy of Here Comes a Candle, the novel Erasmus desperately sought to get back into print. What do you think the symbolism is behind that?
That scene comes from the comic book. I think at that moment, the muse is gone and the product of her time there is what’s left behind in the world.
I think readers and viewers can interpret it in a number of different ways: This creature was held prisoner for decades upon decades only for this — this thing that isn’t in print or that people aren’t even reading. Or it can also be taken as a sign that literature lives on and hopefully sends a message to future generations about the dangers of sacrificing others for one’s own advantage.
Here Comes a Candle was the novel that Fry had written on his own, before capturing Calliope. He had no ideas for a follow-up and seemed destined to be a one-hit wonder.
To me, it seemed that Fry's tremendous success with the work of his captured Muse did not actually bring him happiness. Yes, the world believed he was a successful writer, but he knew that only that first book was his creation, and it only existed in used book stores and old collections. He felt like a fraud and wanted the validation that could be had of someone desiring to reprint his masterpiece.