Ghost Blows Out the Light (RSS)
Action, Horror, Supernatural, Chinese
Translated by NonYummi and Muutee
Edited by ONI_Ghost
Written by The Ruler Under the Heavens (天下霸唱)
Extra Information: Ghost Blows Out the Light (鬼 吹灯) is a Chinese web novel written by The Ruler Under the Heavens in 2006 (天下霸唱). This influential web novel popularized the Grave Robbing genre. During its serialization, it had an estimated 6 million readers following it. The novel is ~700,000 words long and is under the Supernatural category. Douban (in Chinese). Web Article (in English)
There’s even a movie out for it: https://en.wikipedia.org /wiki/The_Ghouls_%282015_film%29 It had bad ratings, but it sold well (2nd highest-grossing Chinese language IMAX film)!
“Set in the 1980s, the novel follows former soldier Hu Bayi and his partner as they raid tombs in search of valuables. The two team up with an American archaeologist after they fall victim to a curse, and to release themselves from it they must seek clues found among ancient mythical sites across China.
The title is derived from an old Chinese saying, credited by the author to genuine grave robbers: “A human lights the candle and the ghosts blow it out.” According to the author, grave robbers would place a candle in the south-east corner of a tomb after entering, in an attempt to make contact with the dead. If the candle was extinguished it was a sign that the spirits within opposed the intrusion, and the robbers would be obliged to depart, leaving everything intact and undisturbed.”
- Synopsis from: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ghost_Blows_Out_the_Light
In addition, check out the english subbed drama for Book 1 of Ghost Blows out the Light at Dramafever! It's a great drama that's similar to the Tomb Raiders series. Link here