Locke and Key, Volume 1: Welcome to Lovecraft

Locke and Key, Volume 1: Welcome to Lovecraft


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Soon to be a Netflix original series! Named a "modern masterpiece" by The A.V. ClubLocke & Key tells a sprawling tale of magic and family, legacy and grief, good and evil. Acclaimed suspense novelist and New York Times best-selling author Joe Hill (The FiremanHeart-Shaped Box) has created a gripping story of dark fantasy and wonder—with astounding artwork from Gabriel Rodriguez—that, like the doors of Keyhouse, will transform all who open it. The epic begins here: Welcome to Lovecraft.

Following their father's gruesome murder in a violent home invasion, the Locke children return to his childhood home of Keyhouse in secluded Lovecraft, Massachusetts. Their mother, Nina, is too trapped in her grief—and a wine bottle—to notice that all in Keyhouse is not what it seems: too many locked doors, too many unanswered questions. Older kids Tyler and Kinsey aren't much better. But not youngest son Bode, who quickly finds a new friend living in an empty well and a new toy, a key, that offers hours of spirited entertainment. But again, all at Keyhouse is not what it seems, and not all doors are meant to be opened. Soon, horrors old and new, real and imagined, will come ravening after the Lockes and the secrets their family holds.

Locke & Key, Vol. 1 features an introduction by Robert Crais.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781600103841
Publisher: IDW Publishing
Publication date: 08/18/2009
Series: Locke & Key Series , #1
Edition description: Reprint
Pages: 152
Sales rank: 106,403
Product dimensions: 6.60(w) x 10.20(h) x 0.40(d)
Age Range: 16 Years

About the Author

Joe Hill is the #1 New York Times bestselling author of Full Throttle, The Fireman, Heart-Shaped Box, and NOS4A2, recently made into a TV series from AMC. His horror novella In the Tall Grass, co-written with Stephen King, was made into a feature film from Netflix. His book of short stories, 20th Century Ghosts, won the Bram Stoker Award and British Fantasy Award for Best Collection. He earned the Eisner Award for Best Writer for his long-running comic book series, Locke & Key, featuring the eye-popping art of Gabriel Rodríguez.
Born in Santiago, Chile, Gabriel Rodríguez began working as an illustrator in the late 90s and in 2002 started drawing books for IDW Publishing, including CSIGeorge Romero’s Land of the Dead, and Beowulf, amongst others. In 2007, he co-created the award-winning series Locke & Key with Joe Hill. He continued developing other creator-owned projects: the Eisner-winning Little Nemo: Return to Slumberland, with Eric Shanower; Sword of Ages; and the gritty sci-fi adventure Onyx, with Chris Ryall. In 2019, he partnered with Hill once again for two new Locke & Key stories, “Dog Days” and “Nailed It.”

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Locke and Key, Volume 1: Welcome to Lovecraft 4.3 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 72 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
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.
Raspy More than 1 year ago
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.
Ozwell More than 1 year ago
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.'
Kingfan32 More than 1 year ago
This book is awesome. I recommend for anyone who likes thriller/horror books. A must have for Stephen King/Joe Hill fans.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
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.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Great characters, amazing art a gripping story and creative storytelling make this a modern comic classic series.
MaleehaS More than 1 year ago
Re-read after ~3-4 years. I forgot how dark this series is. I wanted to reread Locke & Key this year because it is still the only graphic novel series I ever got into. I had forgotten most of the story, so it's like reading them all over again for the first time! On to Head Games.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
You can’t go wrong with this one! There is absolutely no cons to this series. You will not regret it and I can’t recommend it enough.
theokester on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
For a while now people have been recommending Joe Hill's writing to me as a possible foray into the "horror" genre (which I don't often read). On a whim, I was in the graphic novel section and I stumbled across Locke and Key which is written by Joe Hill with art by Gabriel Rodriguez. It's been a bit since I'd read a new graphic novel, so I picked it up and started thumbing. Soon thereafter I had the book and home and was thoroughly engrossed in reading.First let me say that even though this is a "comic book"¿a "cartoon"¿it is definitely NOT FOR KIDS. There is some strong language (teetering between PG-13 and R rating) and smatterings of heavy violence. So don't leave this lying around for your kids to accidentally stumble across.From a high level, elements of the story were fairly corny and predictable. The family's last name is "Locke" and they move to a place called "Keyhouse" with mystical keys and doors. The town/island they move to is named Lovecraft (thus implying plenty of creepy craziness). The psychopathic murderer's backstory shows a well-meaning kid driven to demented violence because of physical and emotional abuse from his drug addicted parents. None of this was particularly compelling.Where the story got interesting for me was both in terms of the psychological character development of the kids as well, the intriguing potential of the mysterious keys, and the strange shadow plot of the "echo" character who is communicating both with the murderer and with the youngest child in the family.While a lot of the actions and behaviors of the kids were expected, I really liked the way the story, dialog and art interacted to really help me see and feel what these kids were going through. I thought that the daughter's (Kinsey) transition from rebel to ~semi-preppy was interesting and felt justified in a sense to maybe clean up and live up to her father's expectations. I enjoyed the older son's (Tyler) struggle with guilt (for previous bad relationship with his father¿as well as a comment from the murder) and his responsibility to now be the "man of the house." I had fun with the younger son (Bode), but his behavior was a little more difficult for me to swallow. He seemed a little too carefree still considering what had just happened. Still, it could be realistic given that he's younger and his attention span allows him to escape more easily into fun and play but then crash back at times when he dwells on the reality.One disconnect I did feel with regards to the family was the fact that they didn't discuss the idea of going into therapy to try and deal with their issues. Granted, that may not be something every family might consider at a time like this, especially when all four of the survivors are in shock. But this particular family has a close relationship with psychology and therapy¿the father was a counselor. It just felt strange that they didn't go in for some family therapy sometime. Admittedly that likely would have pulled the story in a strange direction¿but I would have liked to see someone pressuring them perhaps and them resisting.The concept of Keyhouse and these magical keys is compelling. In this book we generally only get to see the actions of one key¿a key that opens a door which, when you walk through it, separates your spirit from your body and allows you to flit around in ghost form. Kind of interesting. But then later in the book we learn about other keys and find that a big motivation is the "Anywhere Key" that lets you use it on any door and makes that door become a portal to anywhere you want to go. The potential for cool keys is huge but I worry that subsequent books will focus less on the development of other cool keys and keep them (as in this book) as a minor player that's mostly for fun but with the main focus being to find and hold the Anywhere Key.Related to the finding of the Anywhere Key is the overarching meta-plot that takes this book and makes it a long lasting
epeekid on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
This Graphic Novel is not for children however, it is a fun story and a great Idea. If your into comics and graphic novels this one is something you should pick up and give a try.
JechtShot on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Welcome to Lovecraft is the first graphic novel in Joe Hill's Locke and Key series. In the first episode, a tragic event forces the Locke family to move in with their uncle to his Gothic home where supernatural mystery abounds. The house holds many secrets waiting to be unlocked, but the right key must be found to unleash the power within. The storyline for this graphic novel is superb and the artwork complemented the story immensely. I have never really given the graphic novel a chance, but Joe Hill's work may have opened my eyes to a whole new genre of storytelling. The next book in the series will be on order shortly.
391 on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Vol 1 contains the first six of the single-issue "locke & key" comics. We are introduced to the Locke family in a heartrending manner - with the death of the patriarch of the family. What unfolds from this event is an entire web of interconnected events, all leading back to a set of mysterious keys that prove to be more than they may appear at first sight.
josh314 on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
This is both a satisfying story in its own right and a gripping introduction to a series. This is a horror story and not for the faint of heart but not particularly gruesome as such things go. The writing is great and the art is just phenomenal. My only quibble is with the pandering mention of Lovecraft in the title. This story has nothing to do with the Lovecraft mythos, at least in this volume. That there is a location in the story called Lovecraft can be chalked up to being an homage but that Lovecraft appears in the title is a marketing gimmick. But aside from that issue, this is just great and I'll be picking up the next volume as soon as I can.
andreablythe on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
When their husband/father is murdered by one of his students, the Locke family moves to their uncle's large old house in Lovecraft, Massachusetts to make a new start. The mother is trying to hold it together, the eldest son is racked with guilt, the daughter (who already saved her younger brother once) is trying to disappear into the crowd, while the youngest, Bode, explores the ghostly world of their new home. The house they move to is full of doors and hidden keys, which do all sorts of strange things, as Bode discovers. Each character is emotionally complex, and the art is beautifully dark and eerie, fitting the story perfectly. There's plenty of blood, but there's even more humanity as this family faces down the horrors that await them.
kkisser on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
The Locke family is suddenly uprooted and moved to a small Massachusetts town after the horrific killing of their father by a former student. The family retreats to the father¿s family house where they slowly discover the unique nature of the house filled with mysteries and lost keys. The illustrations and story compliment each other well in evoking the mystery of the house. The graphic novel creates good balance between the emotional struggles of the family to cope with tragedy and the fantastical nature of the keys to create a compelling story.
StefanY on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
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 to have a fresh start, they relocate to Maine to cohabit the family homestead with the deceased's brother. Of course moving a teen a pre-teen who have just lost their father would be bad enough, but the house also seems to have demons of it's own. The story itself is fairly creepy, but throw a couple of deranged lunatics into the mix and at times it can be downright scary. My only problem is that I think that Hill does a great job of painting a picture with his words in his novels and here at times relies on the graphic medium to tell part of his story and I felt that things could have been much better fleshed out if they had been in novel instead of graphic form. Overall, I did enjoy this tale and will eventually follow up with the second volume. I do enjoy the fact that Hill has branched out to other mediums in order to be in touch with all kinds of readers and I look forward to seeing what he gives us next.
AbraLodge on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
I really loved this story. I have been wanting to read the series for a long time, but I was waiting for the first volume to be available at the Bangor Public Library. It was worth the wait. I will be picking these up at my local bookstore because I know I will want to read them again and again. Joe Hill has his father's gift of character development, but the story is uniquely his own. I cannot wait to read the next volume.
jonwwil on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
I really dug this. I noted in my review of Horns that Joe Hill has a gift for damaged characters, and that talent is on display here in the form of the Locke kids. They're great characters; I loved 'em all. Their story is tragic and haunting (pardon the pun), and Hill handles it well. Throw in the incredible artwork by Gabriel Rodriguez, which really brings the story and the characters to life, and you've got a beautiful, moving...horror story? Strange but true.I'll be devouring further editions like candy.
lpg3d on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Great story by Joe Hill. Wonderful graphic novel.
LibraryBlondie on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Love this book. The graphic novel that sold me on the format. Beautiful illustrations. Engrossing story. Great character development. In short, nearly perfect.
Dead_Dreamer on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
This is a graphic novel by Joe Hill, Stephen King's son. Personally, I think he writes far better than his father. I have all of his other books too. The story was fantastic and would make an incredible film. The artwork was good too, not great, but very good. It took a bit of getting used to, but by the middle of the book I really came to appreciate Rodriguez' style. What I liked best were the angles he chose for the panels. It gave the book a very cinematic feel. Without going into too much or giving the plot away; here's a basic synopsis: After a tragedy, a family inherits a large old mansion on the east coast, "Key House". It's a magickal building in that hidden within its walls are an assortment of keys. Each key has a different power. When one unlocks a door with said key it activates that power. It's a really creepy story and 100% geared towards adults.
klarsenmd on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Interesting story line with really creepy artwork. It was quick and fun.
tapestry100 on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
The introduction to the new series, Locke & Key, Welcome to Lovecraft sets up a nice storyline and some very interesting story concepts for future installments. The basic premise follows the Locke family, who has moved to the west coast trying to start a new life after the family has been attacked and the father, Renny Locke, is killed by some local high school students. The home that they move to in Lovecraft, Massachusetts, is called Keyhouse. Keyhouse is a mansion with numerous doors and keys, and depending on which key you use, these doors open onto different realities or can change a person (in one case, into a ghost or in another, using the key will change your sex if you walk through a door). The house has apparently been in the family for decades, and Renny Locke's brother is the current resident of the house.There is a ghost who lives in the well house who is unable to escape from the well house without the aid of the Anywhere Key, a key able to open any of the doors in Keyhouse to anywhere else the user wants to go. The well house ghost uses numerous means to escape, manipulating both the psychopathic high school student who murdered Renny Locke, and the youngest Locke child, Bode, to try to locate the Anywhere Key. Whether or not this ghost is benevolent is uncertain by the end of the story.Joe Hill's writing is just creepy enough to give the story a real edge while at the same time not making it seem too far-fetched. Gabriel Rodriguez's art really captures the essence of the story.I'm really intrigued by how future volumes will play out, and I guess that's the important part; that the story has kept my attention enough to want to read more.
ocgreg34 on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
"Locke & Key: Welcome to Lovecraft" is a collection of the first 6 comics of the "Locke & Key" series from author Joe Hill and illustrator Gabriel Rodriguez. The Locke children -- Tyler, Kinsey and Bode -- and their mother Nina move into the old family home known as Keyhouse after witnessing their father's murder by one of his students. While exploring the family house, young Bode finds a black key with a skull and, after a quick search, a doorknob with a matching skull. He unlocks the door and steps through, only to find himself changed into a ghost. After wandering around Keyhouse and spying on his family, Bode returns to his body and begins exploring the rest of the house. He discovers an old well, and the voice in the well, whome he calls Echo, wants his help to find the Anywhere Key which turns any door into a portal to anywhere.Joe Hill's creepy story of a mysterious house, magical doors, and a mysterious, evil spirit on its own was enough to send chills up and down my spine. But Gabriel Rodriguez's intricate, and sometimes bloody, illustrations enhanced the tale, making me inspect each pane carefully for some clue, some little detail because I didn't want to miss anything. Also, both their efforts allowed me to get to know the characters: I felt the sadness and anger the both Ty and Kinsey felt, the wonder and surprise that Bode experienced exploring the house and stepping through that first door.Thankfully, the story doesn't end with "Welcome to Lovecraft". In fact, I've already read the first two comics of the second series, "Head Games", and am definitely intrigued as to what they keys and the doors of Keyhouse are hiding. For fans of horror, this is a great comic book series to capture your imagination.
mikewick on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Joe Hill may not want you to know this: he¿s the son of the grandmaster of modern horror, Stephen King. But with a story like Locke & Key, Joe doesn¿t need to worry about cashing in on his father¿s name¿the story speaks volumes of his obvious talents. The Locke family recently suffered the brutal murder of their father and flees to Lovecraft, Massachusetts and seeks refuge in the family estate named Keyhouse¿but Keyhouse is where events leading to his murder began, and it¿s only serving to draw the rest of the family into its dangerous grip.