Locke & Key

Locke & Key

1, Welcome to Lovecraft

Book - 2008
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Presents the story of Keyhouse, an unlikely New England mansion with fantastic doors that transform all who dare to walk through them--and home to a hate-filled creature that will not rest until it forces open the most terrible door of them all.

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Following their father's gruesome murder in a violent home invasion, the Locke children return to his childhood home of Keyhouse in secluded Lovecraft, Massachusetts. Their mother, Nina, is too trapped in her grief—and a wine bottle—to notice that all in Keyhouse is not what it seems: too many locked doors, too many unanswered questions. Older kids Tyler and Kinsey aren't much better. But not youngest son Bode, who quickly finds a new friend living in an empty well and a new toy, a key, that offers hours of spirited entertainment. But again, all at Keyhouse is not what it seems, and not all doors are meant to be opened. Soon, horrors old and new, real and imagined, will come ravening after the Lockes and the secrets their family holds.

Named a "modern masterpiece" by The A.V. ClubLocke & Key tells a sprawling tale of magic and family, legacy and grief, good and evil. Acclaimed suspense novelist and New York Times best-selling author Joe Hill (The FiremanHeart-Shaped Box) has created a gripping story of dark fantasy and wonder—with astounding artwork from Gabriel Rodriguez—that, like the doors of Keyhouse, will transform all who open it. The epic begins here: Welcome to Lovecraft.

Locke & Key, Vol. 1 features an introduction by Robert Crais.

Publisher: San Diego, Calif. : IDW, c2008
ISBN: 9781600102370
1600102379
Characteristics: 158 p. : col. ill. ; 27 cm
Additional Contributors: Rodríguez, Gabriel 1974-

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Joe Hill (who happens to be Stephen King's son) wrote this horror comic book series, collected together in six volumes. The town the story takes place in is called Lovecraft (which doesn't bode well for the Locke family).


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Gryphinx
Apr 22, 2018

This one wasn't for me. I found the beginning to be confusing as it jumped around between past and present, and I didn't see any text indicators explaining which time period was which. I eventually did make sense of the beginning as I got further in, only to find neither the story or characters to be gripping at all. The art style, to me was ugly - I did like the coloring and color palettes used, but did not find the characters (and especially the faces) to be attractive in the slightest.

RobertELPL Jul 26, 2017

Stunning graphic novel series with a killer combination of story and illustrations. Such a unique premise and fantastic lore-building make you really want to know how it all began and where it is going. Once you finish volume one, you'll have to finish the rest. Also available on Hoopla.

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therhiannamater
Dec 14, 2016

Ugh, this series is SO GOOD. It's definitely dark, so if those types of comics aren't your thing, I wouldn't recommend this one. Fans of Sandman or Scott Snyder will love this.

ArapahoeLesley Nov 09, 2016

Compelling story, excellent art. Very spooky and I can't wait to read the next one!

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therhiannamater
Oct 19, 2016

Okay, in all honesty I have NO idea why it took me so long to read through this series. I binge-read through the entire thing in less than three weeks. The story arc is brilliant, well-paced, and yet somehow still leaves you wishing it was ten volumes longer. This was also my first experience with Joe Hill, who I won't tell you who his famous writer father is, but I will tell you he stands head and shoulders above his peers.

JCLEdwardR Oct 11, 2016

Wow, I loved this series. Binge read the whole thing and one of the few comics that truly creeped me out. A great series to read for the month of October!

ozzy77 Sep 23, 2016

ok

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kaiseryang7
Aug 18, 2016

Liked the art, but story is convoluted. Too bad, as it started off strong with a mysterious disappearance/death.

Cmlibrary_MDodds May 20, 2016

This the first in the series, and it's perfect if you like dark, haunting stories. I have read all of Joe Hill's novels, and he does really amazing with this story as well. I wish I would have picked this up much, much sooner.

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ethereal_high
May 14, 2016

I can't say enough about this entire series, so I'll just say this: READ IT.

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Duck_man
Jun 27, 2017

Frightening or Intense Scenes: Murders and stuff like that it gave me nightmares for a whole night

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Duck_man
Jun 27, 2017

Violence: Blood and gore

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Duck_man
Jun 27, 2017

Coarse Language: So much swearing

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