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Locke & Key tells of Keyhouse, an unlikely New England mansion, with fantastic doors that transform all who dare to walk through them. Home to a hate-filled and relentless creature that will not rest until it forces open the most terrible door of them all...
Paperback, 168 pages
Published November 2010 by Milady (first published September 29th 2008)
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Ken-ichi I agree with Alex, definitely too violent. You might consider Neil Gaiman's The Graveyard Book if you haven't already. Not a comic, but similar…moreI agree with Alex, definitely too violent. You might consider Neil Gaiman's The Graveyard Book if you haven't already. Not a comic, but similar subjects and themes.(less)
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You can color me SOLD on this series.


Here's another intelligent, strongly written story with which to pummel the perceptions of the elitist book snobbers, who sneer and snide at the graphic novel medium.

To them, I politely say, "BITE ME"...because this is great stuff.

I was excited to read this because it was written by Joe Hill, the talented offspring of a certain literary King who shall remain nameless Stephen. While I thought Hill’s Heart-Shaped Box was a promising first work, I really fell
Raeleen Lemay
I'm not a huge fan of the art style in this, but the story was so dark and twisted that I couldn't help but love the book overall.
mark monday
Jan 02, 2012 mark monday rated it 4 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommended to mark by: Michael
Shelves: comikon
oooooo.... an eerie old mansion on a woody estate, strange mysteries and dangerous secrets, a tangled and forgotten past, a san francisco family of three - father slain - seeking a new life on an island named Lovecraft off the coast of massachusetts, in a place called The Keyhouse. a beautiful girl who lives at the bottom of a well, an insane killer on the hunt for magical keys, doors that open into odd places, walk through one door and change your gender, walk through another door and turn into ...more
This book was (I imagine) what it might be like to down a spoonful of sugar that was, unbeknownst to you, laced with Meth.

What is IN this shi-at, Mary?!

The sugary spoonful sounds like a great idea in your head. "A house full of strange locks and doors with many keys that perform different astonishing feats. One door that can force your consciousness out of your body, while your body appears to be dead. A special key that can open any door and take you anywhere." Sounds great, right? Unfortunatel
Kelly (and the Book Boar)
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I’m giving this 4 Stars because it’s the first in the series and I need some rating wiggle room Fuck that, this gets all the stars.

Locke & Key is proof that there is indeed a graphic novel out there for everyone. Being from a small town without a lot of a lot of exposure to the world of comic books and being a *gasp* GIRL on top of that . . .

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I never bothered with the genre until I birthed a tiny little nerd and then I started da

Re-reading this for the third time as I get ready to tackle the final two volumes in the series: Clockworks and Alpha & Omega. I love everything about the world and its rules Joe Hill has conjured here, and the characters he has lovingly crafted to live in its pages. Locke & Key has become one of my favorite series ever and I can't wait to see how it's going to end.

2012 Review:
This is my second go around with Joe Hill's phenomenal foray into graphic novel territory (to prepare for Vol
When I put down Horns, I had a feeling I was going to be a Joe Hill fan. However, when I finished Locke and Key, Vol. 1: Welcome to Lovecraft, I traded that "feeling" in for a Joe Hill fanboy membership.

Good Gravy, this book was spectacular.

Granted, I had my reservations before cracking the cover (which I think I literally did when I dropped it on the floor of the library). Whenever I start a second book by an author I reallllly liked the first time around, my head fills with all these questions

This will be a rushed review, because :
1) I was too engrossed in the story to take notes,
2) I want to start on the second album as soon as possible.

The first thing I feel you need to know about the comic is that it is definitely a horror story, not for the faint of heart. Yes, the protagonists are very young, namely the three children of the Locke family, but I hesitate to call it Young Adult material, given the physical and psychological torments they are put through right from the start. Ther
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Joe hill does it again, conjuring up another tale of dread, macabre and supernatural goings on with a real gem of a main protagonist in the form of a young kid.
The young boy in question loses someone dear to him and only hopes to be with them. Opportunity presents itself in the form of doors and keys, will he be able to unlock another realm of possibilities. Doors play a key role in the everyday swing of things. Stories have been written involving doors opening up to all kinds of opportune choi
When I first started reading Locke & Key a couple years ago, I kinda shrugged and thought to myself, "Yeah. Okay. That's pretty good...."

But the story got its hooks into me pretty quickly after that. Unique concept. Great art. Great storytelling. Great characters.

I read a blurb somewhere that said something along the lines of, "Locke & Key is this generation's Sandman." I don't know if I'd go that far... but if someone wanted to take that stance around me, I don't think I'd waste much
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 -
This has been on my TBR shelf for a while now (as have many other books), but I hesitated to pick this up, though I've had opportunity before, because I was afraid of being disappointed. Locke & Key, Vol. 1: Welcome to Lovecraft may be one of the coolest titles I've heard of in a long time. It's evocative, and I was worried that the evocation might go horribly awry.

My fears were unfounded.

I'll spare you the story - several other reviewer friends of mine have outlined the story more clearly

Really enjoyed it — the story was interesting, the main characters were for the most part engaging, and the artwork was done well.

I loved the mystery surrounding Lovecraft and its magical doors/keys — the whole key premise was rather cool and unique, I especially liked the one that could turn someone into a ghost.

Bode's character was the best, probably because he discovered the echo in the well/the ghost-key and was in the midst of all the mystery. His family didn't leave much of an im
Brent Weeks
(This review stands as my review for the entire series.)
Reading Locke & Key was a revelation to me. I was not a kid who grew up reading comic books, so I’ve spent the last few years educating myself by reading some of the best and some of the middle of the medium—usually on recommendations from those who have read far more than I.
However, it was with Joe Hill’s Locke & Key that I felt I finally ran into a master who understood the strengths of the form. I’m sure it helps that at the mom
Brendon Schrodinger
This collection was a Christmas 2012 gift from my partner, who wanted to expand my reading horizons. She did all the research and made the decision and it has worked out wonderfully. I was instantly hooked to the story. Since then I have also read Hill's 'NOS4A2' and 'Horns', but I have to admit that this story is my favourite. The story is now complete, so I have the luxury of going back to the start before tackling that final story.

What do I love about the story? Well the characters are well-
After reading Neil Gaiman’s fantastic “Sandman” series, I never would have thought that there would be another graphic novel that blends horror and mystery perfectly together. But I was wrong as I soon discovered a new graphic novel that does just that called “Locke and Key: Welcome to Lovecraft!” “Locke and Key: Welcome to Lovecraft” is an Eisner Award nominated graphic novel superbly written by Joe Hill along with dramatic artwork by Gabriel Rodriguez and it is definitely a horror/mystery stor ...more
Jillian (bookishandnerdy)
Creepy. Very violent and I'm so intrigued as to where this is headed. Will be continuing with the series!
Totalno oduševljen!!!!!
Sam Quixote
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!) -
I fucking love Joe Hill.

I've been a fan of his since reading Heart-Shaped Box way back in 2008. And yeah, I knew that he was King's son, but to tell the truth, that doesn't matter. Joe Hill inherited a really active creativity and storytelling gene from his father, and for that I'm thankful, but his work stands on its own merits.

With the exception of the Locke & Key series, I've read everything he's written. And now I'm working on catching up on this. And I have no idea why I waited this l
Nothing beats a good comic. Nothing. Okay, almost nothing.

When I was a kid, I ate, breathed and slept comics. From Archie to Mad Magazine (and Don Martin's paperbacks of Fonebone and Fester Bestertester awesomeness), superheroes, and to my greatest love, horror.

So when I saw these reviewed on Goodreads, a new series by Joe Hill, who has already won me over with Heart-Shaped Box and Horns, they were impossible to pass up.

Volume I follows a family, who, after their father is murdered, return to th
Stefan Yates
Welcome to Lovecraft was a solid offering from Joe Hill that has a strong storyline and good artwork, but I didn't feel was up to par with either of his novels. I haven't continued on with the series yet, so I don't know if it will grow on me more as it proceeds but as of this point, I felt that it was above-average, but not great.

The story centers on a mother and her three children who are trying to put their lives back together after losing their husband/father to a maniacal killer. In order t
This is the first thing I've read by Joe Hill, and I have to say that I'm very impressed. The dialogue was amazing, and the characters felt quite real, especially for a graphic novel.
What seems to be a story about a family dealing with a terrible tragedy, slowly unfolds into something more.
Brrrrr .
The artwork perfectly complements the creeptastic story line in this. What else can I say? The entire thing was very well done, and I've heard from several sources that it only gets better from here
This was totally awesome. Lots of creepy and disturbing (though not necessarily gory) imagery. My favorite sequence was of a picture of the old wellhouse that had some interesting...changes from panel to panel. The art itself does a lot of the storytelling, in a way that I haven't seen done very often.
This was brilliant. Joe Hill is definitely at the top of his game with the storyline, and Gabriel Rodriguez's artwork is phenomenal.

I'm hooked. I will be continuing this series very soon-like.
Wow, this gets off to a very...compelling start. Once I got a few pages in, it was nearly impossible to put down - with a momentum, pacing and writing style that teases you with mysteries and peeks at what came before, and a sense that everyone has a few layers of surprises to reveal.

Our villain has all the markings of tragedy about him - as the layers peel back, it's hard not to feel empathy towards him, even as he makes so many bad choices.

Amazing how well-designed the art is from the very sta
Paul Nelson
The Locke family are devastated when the father is murdered by homicidal student Sam Lesser, leading them all back to Keyhouse in Lovecraft, Massachusetts, their Fathers boyhood home and now home of their Uncle Duncan.
The beginning of the story entwines the violent and bloody incident with the sadness of the funeral and the start of a new life for the children Tyler, Kinsey, Bode and their mother in a place that becomes more interesting as the story progresses. The children are just trying to s
Jul 02, 2014 Eric rated it 4 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Fans of supernatural horror and mystery
Recommended to Eric by: Zach Connelly
Shelves: graphic-novels
I'm not really into horror, so if I'm going to enjoy something in the genre, it better have more going for it than just being a horror. Well this, while very much being the kind of horror you might expect from the son of Stephen King, is also dripping with mystery and supernatural elements. I'm glad it was lent to me, because it truly is a notable work in the graphic novel genre, and I say this after only reading the first volume, which barely seems to have scratched the surface.

The members of
Nechte se také přivítat do Lovecraftu!

Vrah v komiksech vůbec není špatná věc. V kombinací s Hillovým smyslem pro detaily, nebezpečná tajemství a magické předměty, jop.. really liked it! Vážně mě to moc bavilo, abyste věděli.

A ty kresby v sobě skrývají atmosféru, co zvláštním tajemným způsobem přesně vystihuje příběh.
Nicolo Yu
SXSW 2014. South by Southwest is an interactive, music and film festival in Austin, Texas and since Comixology has a major presence there this weekend, it gave some free books accessible to its subscribers as it launched some major initiatives. This is one of those books.

For a freebie, this was an excellent deal; the first volume of Joe Hill and Gabriel Rodriguez's critically acclaimed graphic novel was as good as a mature audience comic book was going to get.

This was originally released monthly
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Joseph Hillstrom King (born 1972) is an American writer of fiction, writing under the pen name of Joe Hill.

Hill is the the second child of authors Stephen King and Tabitha King. His younger brother Owen King is also a writer. He has three children.

Hill's first book, the limited edition collection 20th Century Ghosts published in 2005 by PS Publishing, showcases fourteen of his short stories and wo
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Other Books in the Series

Locke & Key (6 books)
  • Locke & Key, Vol. 2: Head Games
  • Locke & Key, Vol. 3: Crown of Shadows
  • Locke & Key, Vol. 4: Keys to the Kingdom
  • Locke & Key, Vol. 5: Clockworks
  • Locke & Key, Vol. 6: Alpha & Omega
Heart-Shaped Box Horns NOS4A2 20th Century Ghosts Locke & Key, Vol. 2: Head Games

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