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Locke and Key: Vol. 1 Welcome to Lovecraft (Locke & Key Volume) [Kindle Edition]

Joe Hill , Gabriel Rodriguez
4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (58 customer reviews)

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Book Description

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: Locke and Key. Written by Hill and featuring astounding artwork from Gabriel Rodriguez, Locke and 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...

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 153374 KB
  • Print Length: 152 pages
  • Publisher: IDW Publishing (14 Mar. 2012)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B007KDHKZ8
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  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (58 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #49,425 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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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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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Welcome to Lovecraft by Joe Hill 21 Nov. 2013
By Amber
Format:Paperback|Verified Purchase
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. But I had to wait until I found a job, because graphic novels can be bloody expensive, and that is certainly true for the Locke & Key series. So, I bought this ASAP, and I absolutely devoured it!

I am a huge fan of horror and blood and gore, and as soon as I started reading this I knew that it would be the book for me. There's a murder in the first couple of pages, and Welcome to Lovecraft only gets darker from there.

At the beginning of the book, Papa Locke is murdered and his family go to live at the Keyhouse, a mansion owned by the family. And from then on, a load of crazy [...] happens. Bode, the youngest child, discovers a key to a door that, if you walk through it, turns you into a ghost. He also discovers a ghostly Echo in the wellhouse in the grounds, who seems to be locked in there. Bode's curiosity mirrored my own as he discovered a small handful of the Keyhouse's mysteries.

While all this exploring is going on, the Locke family is also still dealing with Papa Locke's murder. Mama Locke is currently spiralling into a deep depression, and the children are at a loss of what to do with themselves, without any parental influence in their lives. They lost two parents that day instead of just one.

As if that wasn't enough, Sam, one of Papa Locke's killers, escapes from prison with some paranormal help. And he comes for the Locke family. I really liked how Joe Hill didn't forget about Sam. Often, I find that the villains get little backstory, and so people aren't interested in them and just want the heroes of the stories to save the day.
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9 of 10 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Twisty and dark 23 April 2011
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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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
Format:Kindle Edition
I really enjoyed this dark and at times, graphic, graphic novel (excuse the pun). Written by Stephen King's son, I've heard a lot of buzz surrounding this graphic novel but didn't really understand the hype until I read it myself. Locke & Key volume 1 follows several storylines that are all connected and at times, jumps from the present tense to the past, but the basic story is about the Locke family and an old New England mansion named the Keyhouse.

The artwork in this book was incredible, but it is at times very graphic and gory so if you're at all sensitive to that then this may not be the book for you. The characters were likeable (and hateable - for the 'baddies') and the storyline was original and unique. I was gripped from the first page and something about this story just kept me reading. I'm super excited to carry on with the series and can see Locke & Key becoming one of my all-time favourite graphic novel series.
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6 of 7 people found the following review helpful
By southcoastreviewer 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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5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
best graphic novel I have ever read.
Published 1 month ago by Mr. James S. Edmondson
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
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Published 2 months ago by eileen bulman
5.0 out of 5 stars Bloody brilliant start to a marvellous series!
Locke & key is one of those fantastic comics that features a family's harrowing journey after the death of their father and returning to his family home. Read more
Published 3 months ago by moq
5.0 out of 5 stars Son of King.
Published 5 months ago by M G BURROWS
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent. Horror and graphic novel fans need to read this series
This is an exceptional series. Clever, funny and often downright brutal. Horror and graphic novel fans need to check this series out.
Published 6 months ago by Nostrodanus
5.0 out of 5 stars Lovecraftian Graphic novel that leaves you wanting more
I saw this cover from half way across the shop and made a bee-line towards it. A flashing neon sign saying buy me would have been less likely to draw me in. Read more
Published 8 months ago by IuchiAtesoro
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 9 months 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 14 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 14 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 15 months ago by Kaylie
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