Locke & Key

Locke & Key

Volume 1, Welcome to Lovecraft

eBook - 2012
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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...
Publisher: [United States] : IDW Publishing : Made available through hoopla, 2012
ISBN: 9781600102370 (electronic bk.)
1600102379 (electronic bk.)
Branch Call Number: eBOOK
Characteristics: 1 online resource
Alternative Title: Locke and key


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Locke & Key follows the Locke siblings, who have inherited a mysterious ancestral home and magical keys after the brutal murder of their father. A television series adaptation of the horror comic debuted on Netflix in February 2020.

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If you have yet to check out Joe Hill's fabulous epic, I am so jealous! I wish I could go back and reread it all fresh. The story has a deliciously Lovecraftian feel as it surrounds a family who move back to an ancestral home after tragedy strikes. The house in question has a collection of strang... Read More »

A creepy, menacing graphic novel series about a family trying to escape their horrific past at a house filled with secrets.

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JCLHeatherMi Mar 31, 2021

If you’re thinking of reading these comics after watching the Netflix show, as I did, be warned that these are not as family-friendly as the show. The themes are much darker and there is a lot of adult content. That being said, if you’re looking for more of the Locke family and their infamous keys, the comics and full of much more explanation and backstory. Spoiler-wise there might be a few things that are ahead of the show, but it also diverges enough that you can look at them as two separate works (which they are) and enjoy one in tandem with the other. The comic also expands more on the themes of death, memory, family, and grief. These scenes are interspersed among moments of levity, but overall this comic isn’t for the faint of heart. While the art style isn’t to my taste, the characterization is excellent and the story itself is intriguing and always leaves the reader wanting more.

Sep 07, 2020

This continues to be the dark and supernatural graphic novel series that I have been craving.

Aug 07, 2020

I read the first volume in the series in one night and immediately checked out the second. I do not read graphic novels often, but I enjoy them. This one was quite grotesque; it is horror after all. A lot of disturbing parts and violence are implied by the illustrations rather than being explicitly depicted.

ArapahoePatrick Feb 24, 2020

Emotionally moving horror set in an old mansion from a master of the genre.

May 26, 2019

This whole series, start to finish, is comic books at their very best. Drop whatever book your holding and read this one instead!

Feb 21, 2019

Good graphic novel. Interesting story.

IndyPL_EmilieL Jan 30, 2019

This series is incredible. The artwork is both beautiful and gory. The characters are very well developed, with a depth of personality and growth that impressed me. The concept is different than anything I've read in the horror genre. I don't read graphic novels often, but this one had me devouring it all night until I'd finished all 6 volumes. I just saw that there's an addendum to the series! I'm going to put it on hold right now. This would make an awesome movie.

Jan 18, 2019

I really enjoyed Horns, so when I discovered that Joe Hill had penned a horror graphic novel I was eager to dive into it. And it did not disappoint!

Locke & Key is creepy, no doubt. It's also a bit gruesome, although the violence of the tale is not shown gratuitously or explicitly. There's a nice amount of "what is going on here really" (much less so than Morning Glories, and I don't know if that disappoints me or is a relief), and the forward action is carried entirely by the kids in the story (which makes a nice innocence vs innocence lost juxtaposition).

There is minimal violence done directly to the kids, which creates a tense atmosphere (everything seems like a threat). But the nicest thing is how real the kids seem. They are each dealing with their grief and shock in different ways, and that informs how they perceive a threat (even if we the reader see the threat, or the lack of one, differently). It's subtly done, but kept me turning the page.

The art is lovely- full color, great skill with facial expressions, but not so detailed it detracts from the story. In all, I recommend this for fans of light horror and grim graphic novels.

Apr 22, 2018

This one wasn't for me. I found the beginning to be confusing as it jumped around between past and present, and I didn't see any text indicators explaining which time period was which. I eventually did make sense of the beginning as I got further in, only to find neither the story or characters to be gripping at all. The art style, to me was ugly - I did like the coloring and color palettes used, but did not find the characters (and especially the faces) to be attractive in the slightest.

RobertELPL Jul 26, 2017

Stunning graphic novel series with a killer combination of story and illustrations. Such a unique premise and fantastic lore-building make you really want to know how it all began and where it is going. Once you finish volume one, you'll have to finish the rest. Also available on Hoopla.

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Jun 27, 2017

Frightening or Intense Scenes: Murders and stuff like that it gave me nightmares for a whole night

Jun 27, 2017

Violence: Blood and gore

Jun 27, 2017

Coarse Language: So much swearing


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