This would have quite the effect for a prop. Build the book with your traditional silk and fan flames, and make a spot light LED with rotating barrel for the embers. To go the extra mile you could do the embers as a peppers ghost reflected on glass.
(Play the Werewolf) I was walking in the woods one late summer night, I loved midnight woods walking. For being a popular girl I had dark secrets. But didn't everybody? I stopped when my flashlight died. "Ugh, come on." I groaned and looked around. That's when I saw him. Gold eyes of a Werewolf, dark hair, hard face, and vines poking his hair and face. "What—" I couldn't finish because he rushed at me making me yell and then I stopped, when he kissed me. His K-9's scraping my lip when he…
A Tour Inside the Hôtel du Marc of Veuve Clicquot in Reims, France
Another great example of using dark colours to create atmosphere ... bold when there is so little natural light, it runs the risk of being oppressive but in this space it feels mysterious and invitiing