Sunday, January 16, 2011

Entry #52

I've been working on the riddle and code. I may or may not have gotten part of it, I don't know. Here's a picture of the paper it was written on.

It told me that this is a riddle. Most riddles are "What am I?" riddles, so I looked for anything that could be "I am". And I replaced any capital letters in the middle of sentences with I, because I figured that would work. Here's what I got.

I am os sltw cckataqg. I am ahscz, atc ehnk. I am olpv dufmb eoa ltln ccdah, xng fvmv bcrc aqt sxth teorc. Mhco I abm, std ris oqi ou kizi tba qwy fks avqy I gctv hcrqa. I am fou bmpotyu ln ykux cszof.

Sil edetb sxvk ottw oxyunaa sr rv vt mtxd sspt.

I don't even know if it's correct, but I think it might be. And riafyalp backwards is playfair, but I have no idea why it was backwards, nor why the two words were put together.

Here's the other letter I got, the one from the slaughter in the front yard. I don't think this is from the Howler.
There's nothing to figure out on this one, other than those damn arrows and the ripped corner that's been on every one.

I covered up the blood in the snow outside as much as I could. If my parents saw it, they wouldn't have allowed me to go to swim team, and I need the swim. Well, I don't need swimming, I need the people. I need the friends, I need everything to at least pretend it's normal.

Mike hasn't been to practice, and any time I try to ask him if I can visit, he doesn't answer his phone. I couldn't visit him yesterday because of this. I'm just going to wait until he comes to swim practice.

I don't believe this is paranormal. I don't believe in ghosts, I don't believe in werewolves, and I don't believe in vampires. But if there's anything else strange, I might start doubting a little. Up to this point, I've kept it in my head this is all a sick dream, or some psychos messing with us. I don't know now. With my headaches when I wake up, the howling before I go to sleep, and the gruesome stuff I don't think I could even dream up if I tried, I'm starting to think this is real. This isn't good.

How can I keep these things from taking me like they took James? I'm double James's age, but I know they can come in the house without anybody ever knowing. Should I just play along with them, whatever they are, to find James? Or should I just give up and hope they kill me? You guys have given me so much help already, I feel like I can trust you. 

I'm not really asking whether I should give up. I'm not going to give up. Please help me solve this code. Please.



  1. We've got some good guys working on the puzzle - but the corner still bothers me. Its obviously important, because every single message you've received has had a significant rip out of the corner with arrows pointing to it.

    Of course, it could signify how the Howler has taken a part of you (James) and is keeping him for himself. But, it feels like more than that - a piece of the puzzle we haven't got to grips with yet.

  2. I don't know what to think about the corners. I can't even think right now, even.

    I'm hoping it's something good, but I know it's bad. Thank you for working on the puzzle, but I don't know if it's so smart. I've been threatened, but I'm not going to take this post down. If you want to continue trying to figure it out, you can. I'm not right now, the howling is too loud for me to concentrate.

    Thank you though.