Locke & Key, Vol. 1: Welcome To Lovecraft by Joe HillLocke & Key, Vol. 1: Welcome To Lovecraft by Joe Hill

Locke & Key, Vol. 1: Welcome To Lovecraft

byJoe HillIllustratorGabriel Rodriguez

Paperback | August 18, 2009

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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.
Joseph Hillstrom King, better known by the pen name Joe Hill, is an American author and comic book writer. He has published four novels—Heart-Shaped Box, Horns, NOS4A2 and The Fireman—and a collection of short stories titled 20th Century Ghosts. He is also the author of the comic book series Locke & Key. He is the son of authors Stephe...
Title:Locke & Key, Vol. 1: Welcome To LovecraftFormat:PaperbackDimensions:168 pages, 10.25 × 6.75 × 0.38 inPublished:August 18, 2009Publisher:IDW PublishingLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:1600103847

ISBN - 13:9781600103841

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Rated 3 out of 5 by from Loved it! This was a good start to a series. Not too much scary stuff happened but it was pretty violent! The art is just so lovely and I really can't wait to see what's in store at this house!
Date published: 2018-01-31
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Disturbing, Great Artwork I haven't read many graphic novels, but this was interesting and disturbing. The dialogue was spot on- really strong in some frames- and there were moments in which the author's understanding of grief psychology and PTSD were beautifully expressed by the graphic form. I enjoy flashbacks as a concept but some of the transitions were a bit jarring and confusing, but overall, strong characters and a great, creepy story. Will likely read the next ones.
Date published: 2018-01-10
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Gruesome!! Definitely a gruesome novel. The artwork was amazing. Took me a bit to get into the story but when I did I was hooked. This was the perfect book to reading in October. Looking forward to the next in the series.
Date published: 2017-11-04
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Fantastic horror! Joe Hill writes some creepy-ass Cthulu-like horror. You owe it to yourself to get this!
Date published: 2017-08-23
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Couldn't put it down! The entire Locke & Key series is not to be missed! The story is intriguing, keeping you engaged from the very first page. Dark subject matter and mystery peppered with comedic moments. Absolutely worth the read!
Date published: 2017-05-01
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Amazing series Incredible series, highly recommended. The first volume is a bit less involving as it set things in motion however.
Date published: 2017-02-18
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Bet you can't just read one! This is an excellent graphic novel series. It is very imaginative with many twists and turns. The art by Rodriguez is truly stunning. Once you start reading this series you had better have your wallet ready as you will definitely want to see how the story progresses. Highest rating!
Date published: 2017-01-08
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Creepy, Engaging, Disturbing, and Mysterious, I put off reading this for quite a while, but once I did I could not stop. The story is certainly fantastic and the characters ( good and bad ) are very well conceived and developed. This is a story that will probaly stay with me for quite sometime. I have yet to read the next volumes in this series, but I have every confidence that they will further this epic story in a similar gripping fashion. My only complaint is the art, honestly I m not a big fan, I find it a little juvenille for the material. That being said, I complain more out of personal preferance than any real flaws with the artist. "One mans teasure", you know! So don't let that deter you from this book. That aside this is a grizzly story that could only come from a mind conceived by a KING, or in this case as Hill (Hill is Stephen King's son if you did'nt know), and I find myself a little disturbed by some of ths images presented. Unlike some other horror-supernatural comics out there ( mature rating or not ) you can not let your young read this before you do. I would have a hard time letting my 15 year old read this. Not because of the violence, but because of the sometime implied, sometimes presented sexual material. Great series that I look forward to continuing
Date published: 2016-12-09
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Excellent Mystery almost seems to be a dying genre. If there are unanswered questions during the story, audiences sometimes believe it to be poor writing or simply a mistake saying things like; "Who's he?" "Why'd he do that?" "Where'd he come from?" etc. The new trend seems to be the "twist", which hides the mystery, tricking the audience into believing that they do indeed know everything, then have the big reveal at the end. It works well because the audience never feels (God forbid!) lost. Locke and Key has a great moment when a villain says something along the lines of "People are so childish. They always think when they start a story, that they start at the beginning". Joe Hill isn't concerned with whether the audience feels it's lost or not. All will be revealed in time, and the payoffs are well worth the wait. Locke and Key is an exciting, mysterious and at times, disturbing read, I'm looking very forward to continuing the series!
Date published: 2016-11-14

Editorial Reviews

"A modern masterpiece..." — AV Club"It's great! ...The art here by Gabriel Rodriguez is some of the finest stuff in comics today... The team of Hill and Rodriguez is top notch!" — Blair Butler, Fresh Ink"Solid pacing and plot twists, combined with Rodriguez's clean lines and detailed pencils make Locke & Key a lock for best horror book of the week." — Wizard Magazine"In a year of auspicious comics debuts, Joe Hill turned in one of the few comics that truly came from a different place. Written with skill that makes me jealous, courage that makes me smile, and honesty and brutality that makes me want to see what comes next. Okay, I'm officially a fan." — Ed Brubaker"A modern suspense thriller meets something more wondrous and magical." — IGN