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Locke & Key Volume 1: Welcome to Lovecraft HC (Locke & Key (Idw)) [Hardcover]

Gabriel Rodriguez , Joe Hill
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7 Oct 2008 Locke & Key (Idw) (Book 1)
Locke & Key tells 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 and relentless creature that will not rest until it forces open the most terrible door of them all...! Acclaimed suspense novelist and New York Times best-selling author Joe Hill (Heart-Shaped Box) creates an all-new story of dark fantasy and wonder, with astounding artwork from Gabriel Rodriguez.

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  • Hardcover: 152 pages
  • Publisher: IDW Publishing; illustrated edition edition (7 Oct 2008)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1600102379
  • ISBN-13: 978-1600102370
  • Product Dimensions: 26.5 x 17.5 x 1.4 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (52 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 183,770 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Joe Hill is a recipient of the Ray Bradbury Fellowship and the winner of the A.E. Coppard Long Fiction Prize, William Crawford, World Fantasy, British Fantasy, Bram Stoker and International Horror Guild Awards. His short fiction has appeared in literary, mystery and horror collections and magazines in Britain and America.

Author photo (c) Shane Leonard

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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Twisty and dark 23 April 2011
By Michael Finn TOP 1000 REVIEWER
Format:Hardcover
The story begins.... hmmm, see that's the thing with this comic - I'm three words into this review and I've already lied to you. I'll try again.
So bad things happen to the Locke family and the survivors move out to a creepy house on an island. Some of the issues focus on one of the kids in particular. They're all traumatised or changed in some way. I think I liked Bode the best. He's the youngest kid.
The opening panel of this book shows a door. There's going to be a lot of doors in this book - it's one of the recurring archetypal symbols. So get used to the doors, and the locks, and the keys, and the reflections.
Sometimes you get a comic where either the art or the script is carried by the other. That isn't the case here. Both are great. Joe Hill tells a twisty dark story with well formed characters, good pacing and plenty of mystery and suspense. And Gabriel Rodriguez is just brilliant. I love his use of perspective on this book. Forget limited focal range - there's often stuff going on in the foreground and the background and degrees in-between. I think his brain is hooked up to one of those swoopy camera boom things, trying to get the angle that is best for the shot. Take the opening panels for instance. We can see the two guys at the door are hiding knives and a gun but the panel from Nina Locke's perspective just shows two goofy guys standing half in the doorway. Nina is looking past them at their truck. Full page panel showing Nina's cottage in the background and the truck in the foreground. In the back of the truck is a blood stained tarp covering two bodies. We can see all that - Nina can't. Genius. Ok some of it is directed by Joe Hill (I've seen his original script) but Rodriguez really does a great job of turning his directions into vibrant visuals.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
By southcoastreviewer TOP 1000 REVIEWER VINE VOICE
Format:Hardcover|Verified Purchase
Okay, that may be a *little* sensationalist. I bought a special edition paperback first chapter of Locke and Key after a friend recommended it to me - my usual reads are Y: The Last Man Vol. 1: Unmanned, The Walking Dead Compendium Volume 1 and more recently Shade, the Changing Man: The American Scream v. 1. Locke and Key didn't disappoint. The artwork is crisp, good-looking and suited to the storyline. The characters have actual depth, and the storyline is genuinely intriguing, unlike a lot of the dross that seems to be floating around at the moment. If you're a fan of horror fiction in any format, get this.

Put it this way - I liked it so much I bought the hardcover edition, then wishlisted volumes 2, 3 and 4 in hardcover for my next payday.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Not a patch on the Overlook 17 Nov 2009
By Sam Quixote TOP 50 REVIEWER
Format:Paperback
I read this puppy when it first came out a few years ago and really wanted to like it, and didn’t. So, now the series is done, I thought I’d go back and give it another shot - maybe I was in the wrong frame of mind, or maybe I was just plain wrong, and this time I’d love it? Nope - still terrible, unfortunately.

Three kids - an older boy, his slightly younger sister, and their youngest sibling, a boy called Bode (and the only one whose name I could remember, purely for being such an odd name!) - have their father taken from them when one of his students comes to his summer home and murders him. The kids and their mum move from west coast to east coast back to the father’s childhood home - a massive, forbidding Lovecraftian mansion in the fictional Massachusetts town of Lovecraft (the thinking seems to be: it’s a “horror” comic so let’s remind readers of it by heavily referencing horror writer, HP Lovecraft).

The Lovecraftian mansion set in Lovecraft is of course haunted with all manner of ghosts and special keys unlock special doors that can warp space and time, even the temporal planes - when Bode walks through one door, his body is left behind and he becomes a ghost. And while the kids get over the trauma of their recent loss, their dad’s murderer is on the loose - and he’s coming to finish the job!

It’s definitely cool that Joe Hill is following in his dad’s footsteps and writing his own haunted house story but I have to say he’s certainly not as great a writer as Stephen King was when he was a younger man and Locke & Key isn’t a patch on The Shining. For one, Hill focuses far too much on the kids’ difficulty in getting over their dad’s death which is realistic but not at all compelling to read - I get it, they’re saaaaaaaad!
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Disappointing story superb artwork 7 Feb 2014
Format:Paperback|Verified Purchase
This comic came highly recommended but I have to say I was disappointed. I found the experience to be distinctly underwhelming and over very fast. The majority of characters were not particularly interesting or engaging and as for the horror aspects I just did not feel them. The main ghost who lives down the well was neither scary or original. The serial killer was just a pathetic lunatic. However the saving grace is the artwork which is superb. I can’t really recommend it unless you can get it very cheap.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
By JK TOP 50 REVIEWER VINE VOICE
Format:Kindle Edition|Verified Purchase
My first experience of a graphic novel and an intriguing experience. I've been a fan of Joe Hill since NOS4R2 and this story about the Locke family with all of it's weird and wonderful twists and turns certainly wasn't a let down - though certainly different.

The first thing to reach out and hook the reader would have to be the illustrations which are so beautifully colour tinted, almost like old photographs, but with such a contemporary twist. The characters are so 'now' with a full remit of body piercings, tatoos, dreads, language, etc., but they're acting out against a muted, Gothic, haunted mansion setting and the contrast between the two is nicely evoked.

As for the story; I approached it with no real expectations however; on reaching the end I was hooked. How talented is an author who can draw you into a story with little more than character dialogue?. There's no room in a graphic novel for explanations, there's just enough room for short, punchy dialogue and that's it...the scene's over and you've nowhere to hide. Hill makes a very decent job of creating this mystery and though he's running a basic horror/supernatural/haunted house script he adds some excellent twists and turns along the way. His strength is his character development and without a doubt he manages to give these illustrated characters a life of their own.

There's something in Locke and Key to suit most fans of the supernatural and horror and enough blood, gore and suggestion through the illustrations to give a darker, brutal edge to events.

Keyhouse, obvioulsy, rests at the core of the plot and is a house of many doors, many keys and many possibilities. The right key in the right door will open up a world of mystery and adventure or possibly something not quite as pleasant!.
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5.0 out of 5 stars ... it and read it trust me you won't be disappointed it's awesome I...
Just buy it and read it trust me you won't be disappointed it's awesome I cannot wait to purchase volume 2
Published 23 days ago by claire nelmes
5.0 out of 5 stars best storytelling
Loved this, really impressive, absorbing storytelling and artwork is beautiful. Can't recommend highly enough, I rarely give anything 5 stars!
Published 4 months ago by J. K. Neilson
5.0 out of 5 stars Good book, prompt delivery, read them all!
warning: Buying this book may set you back a further 60-70 buying the rest. They are that good. Very compulsive reading
Published 5 months ago by Andreas Zachai
5.0 out of 5 stars Fantastic
I cannot wait to read the next one. The balance of story line and great art work make this a brilliant read. Read more
Published 6 months ago by Kaylie
5.0 out of 5 stars Incredible!
I confess I'd been avoiding Joe Hill's work, purely based on the fact that he's Stephen King's son. Unfair perhaps, but I figured there are so many books out there I want to read... Read more
Published 7 months ago by Mike N
5.0 out of 5 stars Suspenseful
Great opening episode to get you warmed up and leaves you asking just enough questions without being confused. Read more
Published 7 months ago by Trust
5.0 out of 5 stars A great adventure
This is a truly great series and it really captured my interest to the point I was not only buying the volumes but then switched to single issues because I could not wait long... Read more
Published 7 months ago by Mr. Piotr H. Nowacki
5.0 out of 5 stars Great artwork and storylines
I purchased this graphic novel with others in the series as a present and they were opened and read in no time at all. Read more
Published 8 months ago by Mike Barge
5.0 out of 5 stars wow... BUY THIS
This is amazing, it is now one of my favourite series'. I'm not really 'into' horror much, but I bought it a while ago for holiday reading because it was cheap. Read more
Published 9 months ago by Vikki L. Lee
4.0 out of 5 stars Welcome to Lovecraft by Joe Hill
I had been looking forward to reading this graphic novel for a long time. My first graphic novel was The Kite Runner, and since I read that I've been craving more. Read more
Published 9 months ago by Amber
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