Locke & Key, Vol. 1: Welcome to Lovecraft

Locke & Key, Vol. 1: Welcome to Lovecraft

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Now a Netflix original series! Named a modern masterpiece by The A.V. Club, Locke & 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 Fireman, Heart-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. 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. Locke & Key, Vol. 1 features an introduction by Robert Crais, author of the bestselling Elvis Cole series of crime novels.
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Product details

  • Paperback | 168 pages
  • 168 x 257 x 10mm | 403g
  • San Diego, CA, United States
  • English
  • Reprint
  • 1600103847
  • 9781600103841
  • 44,852

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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
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About Joe Hill

Joe Hill is the #1 New York Times bestselling author of Full Throttle, The Fireman, Heart-Shaped Box, and NOS4A2, recently made into a TV series from AMC. His horror novella In the Tall Grass, co-written with Stephen King, was made into a feature film from Netflix. His book of short stories, 20th Century Ghosts, won the Bram Stoker Award and British Fantasy Award for Best Collection. He earned the Eisner Award for Best Writer for his long-running comic book series, Locke & Key, featuring the eye-popping art of Gabriel Rodríguez.

Born in Santiago, Chile, Gabriel Rodríguez began working as an illustrator in the late 90s and in 2002 started drawing books for IDW Publishing, including CSI, George Romero's Land of the Dead, and Beowulf, amongst others. In 2007, he co-created the award-winning series Locke & Key with Joe Hill. He continued developing other creator-owned projects: the Eisner-winning Little Nemo: Return to Slumberland, with Eric Shanower; Sword of Ages; and the gritty sci-fi adventure Onyx, with Chris Ryall. In 2019, he partnered with Hill once again for two new Locke & Key stories, "Dog Days" and "Nailed It."
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Rating details

84,878 ratings
4.15 out of 5 stars
5 46% (39,240)
4 33% (27,938)
3 14% (11,601)
2 4% (3,304)
1 3% (2,795)

Our customer reviews

Cover: I love this cover. You can�?�?�?�¢â?¬â?¢t know what the story is by looking at it but you can guess it�?�?�?�¢â?¬â?¢s terrifying. Storyline: This is the first time I review a graphic novel on my blog and the first time I read and finish one (Not counting the Buffy: The Vampire Slayer series, there are just too many that I can�?�?�?�¢â?¬â?¢t keep up with them �?�?�?�¢â?¬â??_-). The story is about the Locke family who move into their family�?�?�?�¢â?¬â?¢s house called Keyhouse, after a tragedy in the family, hoping to forget about the past and move on. Little they know, everything is connected. The house is full of doors which are locked with special keys. The story is full of gore, bloody scenes and sadness. But most importantly there are unanswered questions, which is why there are other 5 volumes in the series :). I can�?�?�?�¢â?¬â?¢t say anything anymore because I�?�?�?�¢â?¬â?¢ll spoil the graphic novel for you. What I loved: - We get inside the story from the first page, no preface. - The intrigue. - I adore the gore, the bloody scenes and the fact that the artist isn�?�?�?�¢â?¬â?¢t afraid to draw them in details. - The drawings are amazing and the characters are well drawn with details on their faces and surroundings. - The plot is very clear and straightforward and you get the feeling that everything is where it�?�?�?�¢â?¬â?¢s supposed to be. - I love the characters, especially the two brothers and sister, each with their own personality. - The story is full of suspense. You keep guessing who did what and what�?�?�?�¢â?¬â?¢s going to happen next, but it�?�?�?�¢â?¬â?¢s hard to be right. What I disliked: - Nothing! Characters: The Locke's: Composed of the Mother, Nina and the Two brothers Brode and Tyler and the middle sister Kinsey, also there is the deceased father. These are the main characters, but mostly we�?�?�?�¢â?¬â?¢re following Brode, the younger brother, who in order to deal with the family tragedy finds magical things and gets involved in unwanted �?�?�?�¢â?¬�?business�?�?�?�¢â?¬�?. There is also The uncle, who takes care of them. And Sam, the main protagonist. There is another important character but I can�?�?�?�¢â?¬â?¢t tell you who they are or I�?�?�?�¢â?¬â?¢ll spoil the book. Conclusion: This was an awesome discovery and a great way to get into reading again especially since I don�?�?�?�¢â?¬â?¢t have time to read and/or I�?�?�?�¢â?¬â?¢m just not in the mood�?�?�?�¢â?¬�?â??�?�¦ It�?�?�?�¢â?¬â?¢s a light and fast read and very entertaining. If you like horror books and you don�?�?�?�¢â?¬â?¢t get bothered by horrific and bloody pictures, then you definitely have to get this one. Let me know if you�?�?�?�¢â?¬â?¢ve read this graphic novel and what you thought of it, also, let me know how I did on this review, since this is the first time I review a graphic novel, I�?�?�?�¢â?¬â?¢m not very familiar with how exactly I should do it. Happy reading!show more
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