Locke and Key, Volume 1: Welcome to Lovecraft

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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, 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, ...

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Overview

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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Old New England mansions have a well-earned reputation for strangeness, but no other abode can match the supernatural weirdness of Keyhouse. From the very first page of Locke & Key, the forbidding old house draws you in and binds you, challenging you to guess what's beyond each ghastly door. Bram Stoker Award–winning writer Joe Hill and artist Gabriel Rodriguez have delivered a graphic novel in throat-grasping horror seeps to the surface when you least expect.
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Novelist Hill, author of Heart-Shaped Box, crafts a gripping account of the shattered Locke family's attempt to rebuild after the father/husband is murdered by a deranged high school student and the family subsequently moving in with the deceased father's brother at the family homestead in Maine. But as anyone who has read horror fiction in the past 70-odd years will tell you, it's a bad idea to try to leave behind the gruesome goings-on in your life by moving to an island named "Lovecraft." What begins as a study in coping with grief soon veers into creepy territory as the youngest Locke discovers a doorway with decidedly spectral qualities, along with a well that houses someone or something that desperately wants out and will use any means available to gain freedom, including summoning the teenage murderer who set events in motion in the first place. To say more would give away many of the surprises the creative team provides, but this first of hopefully several volumes delivers on all counts, boasting a solid story bolstered by exceptional work from Chilean artist Rodriguez (Clive Barker's The Great and Secret Show) that resembles a fusion of Rick Geary and Cully Hamner with just a dash of Frank Quitely. (Oct.)

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781600102370
  • Publisher: Idea & Design Works, LLC
  • Publication date: 9/24/2008
  • Series: Locke & Key Series , #1
  • Pages: 152
  • Sales rank: 98,499
  • Product dimensions: 6.90 (w) x 10.40 (h) x 0.60 (d)

Meet the Author

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Joe Hill

Joe Hill is the author of the New York Times bestselling novel Heart-Shaped Box, the award-winning collection, 20th Century Ghosts, and a critically acclaimed comic book series, Locke & Key.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 23, 2011

    Imaginative, unique, and gripping!

    As the vice president of the Grraphic Novel Club in college, this book was my most recomended to our members. The story is jam packed with suspense and the characters are instantly relatable and lovable, or terrifying. I would recommend this to anybody with a strong stomach for blood, for the content can be quite gorey. Definitely one of the best stories I have ever come across.

    6 out of 6 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted February 15, 2010

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    Open up one's imagination

    This graphic novel works on so many levels. The characters are deep enough for just about any teen to relate to. After the tragic events that kick off this story, you begin to feel for these characters. It adds flash backs to flesh out the drama and how much this event relates to these three young adults. Once the element of the supernatural is made clear you will not be able to put down this book. A page turner to the very end, that also leaves open room for a sequel that can stick with the idea of opening new doors. I plan on reading the next graphic novel soon and hope to see many sequels published in the near future.

    3 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 8, 2013

    Please be advised that if you buy this as a nook book, and wish

    Please be advised that if you buy this as a nook book, and wish to view it on a PC, there is no way to do so. My guess is this is because of some draconian DRM mandate IDW is forcing on B&N. Buy a physical copy instead.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 31, 2011

    The best comic going...

    Great characters, amazing art a gripping story and creative storytelling make this a modern comic classic series.

    1 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted May 30, 2010

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    Welcome to a great new horror series

    The Locke and Key series delivers with memorable characters and intriguing stories. If you're into horror comics with a strong magical bent, this is for you.
    This first volume sets up the series.
    The artwork is packed with telling detail. I found myself re-reading pages to savour the little touches in every panel.
    A lot of successful comic writing comes down to pacing and compression. The writer is a master at leading you through the story. The telling of the tale is clever and inventive.
    The partnership of the creative team is something you'll admire.
    Also, the book itself is gorgeosuly bound and printed. This is the whole package.
    Locke and Key can be credibly counted in that select group of 'best comic around at the moment.'

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted October 15, 2008

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    Awesome!!

    This book is awesome. I recommend for anyone who likes thriller/horror books. A must have for Stephen King/Joe Hill fans.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted July 6, 2014

    bought this book for 10.00 and some change to find out it is a c

    bought this book for 10.00 and some change to find out it is a comic book-------------did i get the correct book---it looked so intriguing wanted to read a real book not a comic book----mariann

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  • Posted April 26, 2014

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    Weird and creepy

    Huh, well this was something. Of course it be something like that, what with lovecraft, a creepy mansion and a freaking well. Wells are great aren't they? Did these kids not see the ring? Also nice, 30 Days of Night poster in the background there.

    Anyway, I wasn't sure I was going to like the art. But you know what? It wasn't that bad, and you do get used to it. The suspense was really good. Then it got weird and more weird. And weird. Love the cover though.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 21, 2014

    Great graphic novel for any king / hill fans

    Great graphic novel for any king / hill fans

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 20, 2014

    Great book, terrible service

    I have 25 dollar gift card but it wont allow me to purchase anything unless I give my credit card, this book is fantastic but b&n needs to allow us to use gift cards to buy things, I don't mind paying an extra dollar for amazon or google plays ebooks.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 10, 2013

    Hard to put down

    Great art and a compelling storyline made this graphic novel very hard to put down. I'm definitely planning to get the rest of the series.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 5, 2013

    Never was into graphic novels, but¿

    After so many people in my book group kept recommending this series I finally caved & I wasn't disappointed! I couldn't put it down until I finished! The characters and plot keeps the story flowing, along with the beautiful artwork. This is a definate read if you like blood, gore. & an intriguing story that will keep you wanting more.

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  • Posted January 2, 2013

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    I¿ve read some Joe Hill before but never any of his comics. Aft

    I’ve read some Joe Hill before but never any of his comics. After reading this I think I’ll be checking out everything I can get my hands on. He crafts such a creepy tale in a seemingly real world situation. The dialogue is realistic and the plot is filled with intrigue. The art the Gabriel Rodriguez, whom I’m not familiar with, was fantastic. His villains are eerie and his characters, all human, are easily distinguishable. I really enjoyed this book. I have heard so many good things about it and for once it seems something was more than its hype.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 26, 2012

    Simply awesome

    Strongly suggest check this series out

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 22, 2012

    My first real graphic novel.

    And definitely not the last. I'm hooked!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 5, 2012

    Love this

    I own All the Locke & Key tp. They are different & decidedly unique. Follow the story of three kids who move into the family home after a tragedy in their young lives and discover all is NOT as it seems. Read as they find keys that unlock more than doors. Excellent read.

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  • Posted May 7, 2012

    great book!!

    I collect SK and JH books. Great!!!!!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 22, 2012

    this is an amazing series. if you like horror you need to check

    this is an amazing series. if you like horror you need to check this book out. the art is fantastic as well.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 7, 2012

    Great comic

    I loved this. The art, story, and characters were all great. I do not read many graphic novels, but I will read more of this.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 6, 2012

    Would buy again.

    Excellent story, gorgeous panels. A very addicting comic series!

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