Saturday, May 07, 2005

Got An 'Orb Of Chatham' Question? Let Our Experts Answer It


Anonymous Anonymous said...

This book looks amazing, but how does it end? Is the story real or based on real events? When does it come out in stores?

6:17 PM  
Anonymous janice said...

FASCINATING idea! It is so simple, but clearly is much deeper than the art or the book can convey. I will most definitely order this book. The question I have is about how the book contains clues? What do the clues solve -- and is there a solution to this story?


7:11 PM  
Blogger GeoBlogs said...

Just checked on and seems like it's not listed yet.
Will the book be available in the UK ?
It looks to be in the grand tradition of Edward Gorey, a personal favourite.
Love the spooky sounds - very unsettling. This sort of web - text crossover is just my sort of thing.
Love it!
Geo Blogs (UK)

5:24 PM  
Blogger bob said...

Geo: Here's the answer from Katie at Commonwealth Editions:

Anyone in the world can order 'The Orb Of Chatham' directly from Commonwealth Editions for $14.95 USD. We ship in a global priority envelope which would cost an additional $9 USD for shipping. You can pre-pay with a credit card. We expect to receive the book June 2.

If you go to, just click on the BUY link.

Hope that helps!

5:54 PM  
Blogger amandadoodlez said...

Will you be able to solve the clues without the book, or is that neccessary for the full effect? If so, when can readers get into that part of the web?

7:23 PM  
Blogger amerikawaits said...

Will it be possible to solve this mystery without the book? The website is so temptingly interesting and I can't wait to see all of it! This would make a really scary motion picture or documentary, but maybe that is what you are doing as well?

11:48 AM  
Blogger Jacob Lubel said...

When I read the book, I thought the entire story was so bizarre that it had to be a hoax. It was only when I took the time to solve the code (NOT an easy proposition, by the way), that I formed a completely different theory. The connections between all five witnesses are just too spooky for words - and they can't be coincidental. This story has me utterly transfixed!!!!! Bravo for such an inventive and mind-bending little mystery!
Jacob Lubel

12:23 AM  
Blogger mirekina said...

I've been working too hard on these "riddles." The real horror in this book is how long I've spent trying to uncrack the code. Could use a little help.

3:24 PM  
Blogger bob said...

First off, we commend your dilligence, but don't give up -- when you unlock the hidden code, you'll be rewarded with more bizarre information about The Orb of Chatham than you can imagine. The five cryptic riddles are intended to be anything BUT easy, yet if you study them carefully, you'll unlock the answers. Look at each riddle while you gaze at the artwork -- and carefully study each word in each riddle. Some people solve the five riddles in five minutes, others in five days -- but the fact that you're engaged with the book is a wonderful thing. When you DO unlock the code (and you will), please email me and tell me how you solved it.
Good luck!
Bob Staake

11:11 AM  
Blogger Darth Marc said...

I should add, there's lots of great content on the website once you solve the riddles.

7:47 PM  
Blogger Guru said...

well, i've tried. I've failed. And if i don't figure the answer i just might explode. I cannot figure this thing out. It's driving me out of my mind! I need some very well rounded tips on unlocking this.

8:20 PM  
Blogger bob said...

Hi Guru/Darthmarc:

We have every reason to believe that you'll unlock the code -- just like you did the first time. It's very easy if you stick with the clues. Besides, what fun is solving a mystery with cheat codes and other shortcuts. Rise to the occassion!

2:07 PM  
Blogger tired and confused said...

I read something about astronauts and the eighth soul...I assumed that meant the that true????

-Tired and confused!!!!!!

10:34 PM  
Blogger bob said...

If you're tired and confused, that could be the final step before elated and successful.

10:43 PM  
Blogger tired and confused said...

We got it! We are "elated and successful," like you said.
Thank you Bob.

PS. Friends of ours told us that you have a orb in your backyard and that you live in one of the witnesses' home.
Today was fun.

7:21 PM  
Blogger bob said...

tired (and confused):
congrats. see, all it takes is a little hard work and the implosion of gray matter. yes, in 1995 i bought the house from which one of the witnesses, isabel porter, viewed the orb. it is the house depicted on the page showing the orb "rolling eerily down Main Street". your friends are right -- we have a 600lb, 5' tall iron replica of the 'orb of chatham' on our property. when you're in chatham, feel free to stop by and see it.

9:21 PM  
Blogger bob said...

dear tired (now elated):

since you've cracked the hidden code, take a very careful look at the map that's printed on the endpapers of 'the orb of chatham'. see anything "unusual"? yes, the answer was there before your eyes the ENTIRE time!

9:24 PM  
Blogger elljodude said...

I think i'm having some trouble with the first riddle I mean what does the word soul supposed to mean in that sentance? And in riddle 3 The sound of thehour it peals in the night i understand that but not this number you add to the box at the right.

8:17 AM  
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10:38 PM  
Blogger bob said...

the endpapers for 'the orb of chatham' feature a vintage map of chatham. once you determine the numerical answer that unlocks the mystery of the website, look at the map -- and you'll notice an encrypted allusion to the number "hidden" in the map -- though it is hardly hidden.

10:43 PM  
Blogger elljodude said...

i haven't yet ulocked the code and i still can't find the numbers on the vintage map of the book

8:08 AM  
Blogger ToaKnive said...

What do the souls mean in riddle 1?
What box is the number added to in riddle 3?

9:47 PM  

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