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account of a deeply mysterious 1935 visitation in a small fishing
village near Cape Cod is both creepier and more convincing than
Barnes and Noble
" A strait-faced
fable illustrated by creepy black-and-white images. .. the pages
of the book, one discovers, contain answers to riddles posed
on a sophisticated companion website."
The Boston Globe
Boston Globe -- June 16, 2005
- "A strange
noir mystery that is truly baffling, yet curiously entertaining."
Tim Wood, The Cape Cod Chronicle
of The Orb of Chatham'
Cape Cod Chronicle - June 16, 2005)
'Blair Witch' of graphic stories. Staake's cold tale is warmed
only by his magnificently creepy drawings. Be careful where and
when you read it."
Keegan, The Washington Post
- "An incredible
tale ... fascinating!"
Todd, WNAN 91.1 (National Public Radio)
illustrations ... intrigue and mystery and a whole lot of fun.
Higgins, The Cape Codder
-- The Cape Codder - June 17, 2005)
took the part of Chatham thet he loves best, the shadowy moonlight
night feel, and infused it into a spooky little book called The
Orb of Chatham. Staake has fashioned a hypnotic world around
his tale of the orb, hiding a Da Vinci like code in the images
of the work that unlock clues on his website. Clues that promise
evidence of the orb's existence. Young and old alike, particularly
those that prefer their reading heavy on pictures, will enjoy
Josh Delaney, The Cape Cod Voice
books around my house are My Little ABC Book and My
Little 123 Book hby Bob Staake. I bought them at SF MOMA
in 1998 and started reading them to my daughter when she was
a couple of months old. Now I read them to her little sister,
and my older daughter likes to sit with us. Staake's art is deceptive
-- it looks simple, but I still find new things in the illustrations
after over a hundred readings. His work is a big inspiration
a new book coming out that looks completely different from his
earlier work -- the psychedelic candy colors have been stripped
away from his style, leaving luminescent shades of gray. Interestingly,
these monochromatic images have a 3D quality to them, while his
color work is totally flat.
This book is
called The Orb of Chatham and it's about a mysterious
black orb that appears in a fishing village on Cape Cod in 1935.
Five months after the visitation, all the witnesses disappear
forever. The pub date is June."
from London reports his first-hand experience of staying in a
home depicted in 'The Orb Of Chatham':
"For our honeymoon in
1998, Sam and I rented an old house on Cape Cod. It was a great
house, built in 1798 but full of very good 20th century furniture.
I remember an Eames rocking chair and an enormous 1950s cooker
in the kitchen. We had a great time there and I've always wanted
to go back. One thing I noticed though (and I usually try to
suppress these irrational feelings) was that there were certain
parts of the house that felt cold and uncomfortable, in particular
the basement and the bottom of the top flight of stairs. It didn't
stop us having a fantastic week there.
For our final
holiday as a couple before our baby is born I thought I would
rent out the same house for another week. So I was disappointed
to find that the owner had taken it off the rental market. A
bit of research led me to believe that he had moved into the
house permanently from his previous base in St Louis. The owner
was children's illustrator Bob Staake.
Now it is clear
what he was doing there: his new book is called The Orb of
Chatham (thanks, Boing Boing). Not surprisingly, given the
atmosphere in some parts of the house, it is a departure from
his children's books into a darker, spookier world of mystery.
It looks great and I will be asking my contacts in the US to
get hold of a copy for me when it comes out.
In the meantime
I rented a different house for our holiday next month. Looks
very similar if not quite as old. Fewer ghosts hopefully."
Dominic Sayers, http://dominicsayers.blogspot.com London, England
of The Orb of Chatham'
Tim Wood (Cape Cod Chronicle - June 16, 2005)
by Laurie Higgins (The Cape Codder - June 17, 2005)
also find these pages of interest:
Author and Illustrator
The Art Of