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Locke & Key: Heaven and Earth

(Locke & Key #Short Stories)

3.85  ·  Rating details ·  1,787 ratings  ·  238 reviews
Three never-before-collected additions to the series the A.V. Club called a “modern masterpiece,” showcasing the depths of depravity and the beautifully heart-breaking heights New York Times best-selling author Joe Hill and artist Gabriel Rodriguez have to offer.

This special deluxe release finally reprints the oft-requested and long-denied Eisner-winning one-shot, “Open th
Hardcover, Deluxe Edition, 72 pages
Published August 15th 2017 by IDW Publishing
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Aug 28, 2020 rated it really liked it
If you're a fan of the Locke & Key stories then, by all means, check out Heaven and Earth.

Open the Moon was a tearjerker that had a happy ending. But I still sniffled what with the tears and the jerking...


Grindhouse made me smile. While these tough gangsters thought they were easy prey, this was the wrong family to fuck with.


In the Can was the weakest story but only because it was just a silly little throwaway kind of thing. However, it was nice to see it collected.


This won't make any sense un
Nov 04, 2017 rated it liked it
Three short stories featuring the Locke family of three different eras with a bunch of filler photographs of the creators at the inspiration for Lovecraft, MA.

Over the Moon: A bittersweet story of a father and sickly son visiting a dream world the father has told the son about, featuring the Locke's of 1910 once again.

Grindhouse: Set during the depression era, some bank robbers hide out at Keyhouse and get what they deserve. This story is very dark and reminds me of something from the old Creepy
mark monday
Feb 12, 2018 rated it it was ok
collects the enjoyably trashy "Grindhouse" and the lovely and moving "Open the Moon" - the latter from the Guide to the Known Keys one-shot. (so-called reviews in links.) does not include the guide to keys from Guide.

unfortunately the third story "In the Can" was puerile, pointless, really confusing. (great art though, per usual.)

and then the second half of the book is just photos of the real Lovecraft, MA, and the creators hanging out there. WTF, WHO CARES?!? ugh. well at least I now have those
Gianfranco Mancini

Over the moon: 5 stars

Grindhouse: 5 stars

In the can: 2 stars

3 different short stories set in 3 different periods of Locke's family story.
First 2 were really great ones, sadly the final one was just not so good.

David Schaafsma
I am a big fan of Joe Hill's Locke and Key series, so I picked this up at the library, only to discover that it is collection of stories I had read in other settings; thus the relatively low rating for what would only make sense to readers of the whole series, those interested in side stories. The styles of the stories are different, the tones are different. One, "Open the Moon," is sad, sweet, a father-son story; "Grindhouse," not sweet at all, turns the tables on a would-be rapist (in a clever ...more
May 13, 2018 rated it really liked it
This is a welcome return to Lovecraft County (although I will admit there are other specials out there so I am not sure what the order is). These are all special one offs as the main story has now been concluded in the original run.

That said there is plenty of scope for more stories to be told - and as in the case of Grindhouse totally new places to go to. For me this opens the world up to so many more possibilities. The only concern being is that we are flooded with unrelated and isolated stori
Oct 06, 2017 rated it liked it
Shelves: graphic-novels
2.5 stars

Oh dear, I fear a rant coming on concerning the publishers. I don't understand this new wave of releasing graphic novels just for the sake of it. To be honest, the three little sketches in here (yes, sketches, they weren't fleshed out stories) were okay but nothing memorable. I really enjoyed 'Open the Moon' which had a bittersweet sentiment but should have been a lot longer. I found 'Grindhouse' a bit icky (has a focus on rape) *shudders* which I found unnecessary but I did like the tw
Dec 14, 2017 added it
Another great edition to my favorite graphic novel series.
James DeSantis
Sep 03, 2020 rated it liked it
This is three short stories but really only 2. The last one is so short, it's like a baby one shot, and basically just shows the regular locke kids on a normal day using the key. Nothing special.

The two big stories here are the first, where a father is unsure of what to do about his son. Every night the boy gets sicker and the seizures he gets are killing him. So he decides to use the key and see if going into another world will help his son. This one is touching, sad, and a great ending. What
Dec 22, 2017 rated it it was amazing
This one shot collection of Locke & Key features different eras of the Locke family in 3 separate comics that are combined for this edition.

Open the Moon is a comic featuring the Lockes of 1912, and was originally printed in The Guide to the Known Keys. This story is both whimsical and heartbreaking, and I advise fans to read Small World before picking this one up. The events in Small World happen prior to Open the Moon.

The next comic is a depression-era look at Keyhouse that was first printed
Anthony Vacca
Nov 16, 2017 rated it liked it
A very brief offering of Locke & Key miscellanea, Heaven and Earth features three century-spanning tales of the Locke family and their house of magic keys. A father gives his bedridden child a comforting end via a hot air balloon ride to the backstage of the moon. Vile Canadian bank robbers don't fair well when they decide to hole up in the Keyhouse. Young master Bode finds a magical outhouse...Anyway, the remaining twenty pages feature photographs of Joe and Gabriel posing at the real life seas ...more
Really enjoyed the first story (Open the Moon!), about a father and son - sad and touching. I did not like the second story (Grindhouse!) - though it turned out okay in the end, I didn't like the focus on rape. Finally, I wish the last story had been longer because I miss Bode, Kinsey, and Tyler. The rest of the book featured pictures of the creators and some gallery art.
Barb (Boxermommyreads)
So I've read the first five volumes of the Locke & Key series. I don't know why I've not picked up the sixth and I really need to make some time for it. It wasn't until I saw the Netflix trailer that I got to looking to see what else might be out there. I stumbled across this edition and grabbed because I wanted to visit that world again.

There are three different tales in this edition which take us back to look at some original Locke family tales. "In the Can!" was interesting enough but I reall
Alondra Miller
4.5 Stars

So good, but too short. Basically a few short stories on our favorite family. I loved every inch of it and wanted more. :(
Shannon Appelcline
Sep 02, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: comics-indy, comics
This includes two more of the Locke & Key shorts about the past of the Locke family and the Key house, and it's delightful. The two stories imply a continuity linking the past with the present, but they also tell the very human stories of the Lockes of those times (while also mimicking comics of the era!). "Open the Moon" is a very strong story about life and death, about parents and children that touches the heart. "Grindhouse" is a somewhat grimmer story about Depression-era crime, and how the ...more
Mar 02, 2018 rated it really liked it
I think if I paid $15 for this, I would be annoyed, because it's...slight. To put it kindly. But I got it from the library. Yay, libraries!

The first story, "Open the Moon," is understated and sad and lovely.

The second, "Grindhouse," is a delightfully evil revenge caper and I loved it because I have questionable morals sometimes. The four-star rating is almost entirely for how much pleasure I got out of these scant pages.

The rest of the book is filler and whatever.

If you enjoy this series, see if
Feb 14, 2018 rated it really liked it
A nice little addon to the series. The first story is very sad, but I while the real life section is quite fun.
Dec 22, 2017 rated it really liked it
Shelves: graphic-novels
This review can also be found on my blog:

As an extreme fan of Locke & Key, I was thrilled to see a book of collected stories set in the world of Keyhouse. Unfortunately, this book depends on your knowledge of the six-book series to understand the power of the keys that play a significant role in the stories. As two of the three stories are prequels, you are meeting family ancestors to the Locke children, and you will see some uncanny resemblances between
Feb 22, 2018 rated it it was ok
Shelves: comics
So I'm not in love with this book. I didn't even know it was coming out so I was super excited when I saw it available at my library. I thought maybe it was going to be a new story but it is a collection of 3 short stories. The first two stories were decent and the third story wasn't that great at all. The end of the book is full of real pictures of Hill and the artists hanging out in MA at locations the graphic novels are based off of. The pictures go on and on as if they needed to fill up some ...more
Lindsey Lewis
May 17, 2020 rated it really liked it

You can read the full review with photos on my website.

My long wait to finally read Heaven & Earth is over! Let me tell you, it was an incredibly grueling process - I had just taken out an interlibrary loan for Small World before libraries shut down due to COVID-19, and none of my local libraries had a digital copy of Heaven & Earth. I luckily have a coworker who lives in Ohio, so I was able to borrow their Libby account - but then I had to wait 3 whole weeks once I placed the digital copy on ho
Scott Foley
Jan 25, 2018 rated it it was amazing
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Stephanie (aka WW)
Nov 18, 2017 rated it did not like it
Ugh. Not my lane at all. I love graphic novels and a glance at the artwork in this volume convinced me to try it. That Joe Hill was the author didn’t pull me in or push me away. I was just hoping for a few well-told, nicely-illustrated tales. But, no. The three stories in this volume aren’t interesting in themselves. They just serve as a framework within which to present slick, colorful graphics. I’m not buying it. I need story.
Villain E
A mixed bag. 'Open The Moon' was stunningly beautiful and reminds me why Locke and Key is one of my all-time favorite pieces. 'Grindhouse' is so bad, I had trouble believing it was by the same creators. And 'In The Can' was just silly. The photos of 'The Real Lovecraft' and in the Photo Gallery could have used more text for context.
Alex Sarll
Can it really be three years since Joe Hill and Gabriel Rodríguez' dark fantasy epic concluded? Apparently so. This appendix collects subsequent short stories set in and around Keyhouse - though strangely, given how slim it is, not all of them (arachnophobes' nightmare 'Small World' is omitted without explanation). Which means you get the gruesome yet fun pastiche of pre-Code crime comics, 'Grindhouse'; the utterly beautiful homage to Winsor McCay ,'Open the Moon'; and the inessential 'In the Ca ...more
Mar 27, 2020 rated it really liked it
Shelves: horror
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Lee  drunkonbookz
Mar 23, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: graphic-novels
Fantastic story and artwork in this one. Be sure to read 'Small House' before 'Heaven And Earth' to have a proper understanding of all characters.
Brett Plaxton
May 03, 2020 rated it it was amazing
I love these little stories that add to the tapestry of Locke & Key. ...more
Apr 12, 2018 rated it liked it
Shelves: comics, horror
I enjoyed the first couple of stories in here but found the volume as whole to be disappointingly light on content - there were a lot of photographs of Joe and Gabriel hanging round the Massachusetts coast, which were cute but I wanted more Locke & Key goodness! ...more
Oct 28, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Full disclosure I'm a huge fan of Joe Hill and his collaboration with Gabriel Rodriguez on the Locke and Key series. It maybe my favorite thing by him. This is a collection of previously released one shots that flesh out the universe of Locke and Key rather than tell a part of the main arc. As I'm familiar with the universe, I'm not sure how new readers unfamiliar would enjoy these tales. As they require little in terms of money and time, it could theoretically be a great starting point. Or it m ...more
Adam Stone
Aug 22, 2017 rated it liked it
The six volumes of Locke & Key are my all-time favorite horror series. The marriage of Joe Hill's story and Gabriel Rodríguez's art is flawless. I may have to go revisit the series just to experience reading the entire collection again. When they released the hardcover version of Small World earlier this year, I was surprised they didn't include the three stories in this collection. And now that I've read each separately, I'm disappointed that they didn't condense them into one book, as neither ...more
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Joe Hill's debut, Heart-Shaped Box, won the Bram Stoker Award for Best First Novel. His second, Horns, was made into a film freakfest starring Daniel Radcliffe. His other novels include NOS4A2, and his #1 New York Times Best-Seller, The Fireman... which was also the winner of a 2016 Goodreads Choice Award for Best Horror Novel.

He writes short stories too. Some of them were gathered together in

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Locke & Key (6 books)
  • Locke & Key, Vol. 1: Welcome to Lovecraft
  • Locke & Key, Vol. 2: Head Games
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