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  • Writer's pictureArthur Mills

An Interview with a Candle Face Believer

December 3, 2023

Date of interview: 26 Nov 2023

In the strange world of the supernatural, some legends stand out. One such legend that has frightened Central Texas residents for decades is that of Candle Face. Known for her mysterious and menacing tendencies, Candle Face is said to haunt non-believers, eventually leading them to a grim fate while bestowing believers with the vanishing of their pain and mental torment.

My journey into the heart of this investigation takes a compelling turn as I sit down with a man who not only passionately believes in her existence but has encountered Candle Face firsthand. I was granted an exclusive interview with a witness who prefers to remain anonymous, using the pseudonym “Mr. Smoe.” Mr. Smoe’s story intertwines with mine; after all, I was instrumental in naming and conjuring Candle Face from her lair in the 1980s.

As I continue this unsettling exploration, I must note Candle Face's dual nature. To believers, she’s a compassionate and caring spirit capable of alleviating their suffering. Yet, for those who dismiss her as mere folklore, her wrath is said to be relentless, leading to a dark and ominous end. Mr. Smoe firmly belongs to the first category, having experienced firsthand the transformative power of Candle Face.

Mr. Smoe’s journey into the supernatural realm began in a place of profound despair. His childhood was marred by abuse and hardship, primarily driven by his father’s alcoholism. By the age of 13, he found himself succumbing to the same destructive path, becoming an alcoholic like his father. Trapped in a cycle of pain and addiction, Mr. Smoe’s life spiraled out of control.

However, a pivotal moment in 2002 changed Mr. Smoe’s life trajectory. At the brink of despair, with a loaded gun in his hand and the weight of his torment bearing down on him, he experienced an encounter with a ghostly being. A shadowy figure, resembling a young girl with hollow eye sockets and a noseless face, materialized in his living room. Her skin seemed to ripple like boiling oil, and her voice carried a creepy sincerity as she whispered, “Don’t do it. I can help you. I can make your pain disappear.” In that moment of desperation, Mr. Smoe uttered the words that would forever bind him to Candle Face: “Yes, I believe.”

Remarkably, his pain vanished, and the tormenting voices in his head fell silent. Mr. Smoe found relief from his inner demons for the first time in years. This ghostly being, now known to him as Candle Face, retreated into the shadows, leaving a transformed man in her wake.

From then on, Candle Face visited Mr. Smoe in his dreams, urging him to gather more believers for her cause. He heeded her call and began sharing his story with others who struggled with addiction and pain, primarily within the Alcoholics Anonymous community. The impact of his story was profound, with many individuals professing their belief in Candle Face and experiencing relief from their suffering.

Mr. Smoe’s mission extended beyond the confines of AA meetings, reaching out to those living on the streets and prostitutes. His encounters with the homeless and prostitutes of South Austin became a part of his mission to expand the circle of believers in Candle Face’s compassion.

However, it’s important to note that the legend of Candle Face is not without its dark side. Those who mock or dismiss her as a mere myth reportedly continue to suffer, often spiraling into madness and meeting untimely ends. It raises unsettling questions about the nature of her compassion and the consequences of disbelief.

In this exclusive interview, I, Arthur Mills, the author of the Amazon best-seller and award-winning memoir The Empty Lot Next Door, who played a pivotal role in the early days of Candle Face’s emergence, seeks to understand Mr. Smoe’s deep conviction and the moral complexities surrounding this mysterious entity. Their conversation looks into Mr. Smoe’s personal journey, the impact of Candle Face on believers, and the consequences non-believers face.

As the interview progresses, it becomes clear that my probing questions about the nature of Candle Face’s compassion strike a nerve with Mr. Smoe, leading to an abrupt conclusion to our discussion. Mr. Smoe warns me to be cautious, hinting at the potential dangers that may lie ahead.

This interview leaves me with more questions than answers. Is Candle Face a force for good or evil? Can her actions be attributed to compassion, or is a darker purpose at play? As I continue investigating the mystery of Candle Face, I’m left with a sense of unease and curiosity, compelled to investigate deeper into the mysteries of this legend that haunts the depths of Central Texas, particularly Austin. Stay tuned as I uncover more about the elusive Candle Face and the believers who swear by her supernatural presence.

The following video features the interview between Mr. Smoe and me. Mr. Smoe expressed a desire to maintain anonymity, so specific measures were taken during the recording. The video has been adjusted to increase brightness, focusing on Mr. Smoe’s ceiling fan, while his distinctive deep voice has been modified to prevent easy recognition.

Our conversation ended abruptly as soon as I probed into the mysterious depths of Candle Face’s compassion. It’s intriguing to note that Mr. Smoe described the presence of Candle Face as something hot. Unlike the typical ghostly encounters portrayed in movies, characterized by a chilling sensation, Mr. Smoe and I shared experiences where the temperature seemed to rise significantly. His mention of Candle Face’s skin appearing as if it were boiling is also consistent with what I observed. The absence of eyes and a nose in her description adds further consistency. It’s increasingly compelling to believe that Candle Face may have visited both of us.

With the interview concluding earlier than anticipated, I decided to take a walk, heading a few blocks away to a creek with fond and haunting memories. This creek served as a convenient shortcut for neighborhood kids, including myself, on our way to Dawson Elementary School. It was a central gathering point where many local children converged on their journey to school, but it was also a hotspot for confrontations and fights. My brother, Ricky, often faced bullies there, and I, too, encountered Candle Face in that creek. The video below offers a glimpse of what the creek looks like under the shroud of night.

After my nostalgic visit to the creek, I decided to meet an old friend who once resided near the creek, so he was very familiar with the area. He was also well-informed about the infamous Candle Face and her wicked deeds. As we talked about the details of my interview and my journey to the creek, he was all ears, deeply engrossed in every detail. His Ring camera app signaled movement at his front door as our conversation neared. Stepping outside, he found nothing unusual. However, upon reviewing the camera footage, he discovered an unusual sight: a large orb-like apparition and a daunting, intense shadow lurking around his porch. He cautioned me with a worried tone, “It seems you might have stirred Candle Face’s wrath once more. She appears to be more powerful now. Mr. Smoe’s advice rings true: Be careful; you might just find what you are looking for.”

Note to my friends who are familiar with this house and its owner: Please keep his identity confidential.

My journey into the mysterious world of Candle Face, a legend deeply rooted in the folklore of Central Texas, reaches a distressing and thought-provoking juncture. My immersive investigation, marked by an intense interview with the eager believer Mr. Smoe, casts a new light on the dual nature of this ghostly entity. Through Mr. Smoe’s personal story, I glean insights into Candle Face’s paradoxical character – a figure of solace for believers and terror for skeptics. This contrast raises profound questions about the essence of belief and its power in the supernatural world.

The abrupt end to the interview with Mr. Smoe, punctuated by his stern warning, leaves a lingering sense of unease and curiosity. It underscores the fine line between skepticism and belief and the potent, possibly dangerous, impact of challenging entrenched convictions. The unexpected encounter at my friend’s house, where a mysterious orb and shadow were captured on camera, further amplifies the intrigue and suspense surrounding Candle Face.

As I investigate this legend deeper, the quest for understanding becomes more complex and compelling. The journey is about uncovering the truth behind Candle Face and exploring the intricate interplay between myth and reality, fear and faith, and the human psyche’s response to the unknown. Stay tuned as this investigation continues, venturing further into the shadowy world of Candle Face, where the line between the natural and the supernatural blurs, challenging our perceptions and beliefs in the most profound ways.


Key To Understanding

To ensure readers grasp the full context and significance of this article, it’s crucial to be familiar with Arthur Mills’ award-winning memoir The Empty Lot Next Door, inspired by actual ghostly events in Austin, TX. The book provides essential background information, and without it, the nuances and depth of this article might not be fully appreciated. Therefore, reading The Empty Lot Next Door is highly recommended for a more enriched and coherent understanding of this article’s content and implications.

To purchase The Empty Lot Next Door, please visit Amazon



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