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Book Title: Locke & Key, Vol. 1: Welcome to Lovecraft|
The author of the book: Joe Hill
Format files: PDF
The size of the: 7.86 MB
Edition: Subterranean Press
Date of issue: 2008
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Read full description of the books Locke & Key, Vol. 1: Welcome to Lovecraft: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 enamored with him after reading his second, and much stronger, novel Horns. That effort definitively showed that Hill has story-telling chops, and I’ve been a Joe Hill enthusiast ever since.
So, I expected to enjoy this.
What I didn’t count on, was how wonderfully in step Gabriel Rodriquez’s art would be with Hill’s words, and how gracefully the two would play off each other, enhancing the already impressive quality of their individual efforts. This was dance.
Locke and Key is horror done by two artists who knew exactly what they wanted to accomplish...and did so. This is terror created through atmosphere, suspense and narrative, without simply resorting to the shock value of extreme, over-the-top gore, something that really spotlights lazy, ineffective writing when used in lesser works (Crossed, volume 2: Family values anyone). Oh, there’s plenty of blood and guts here, and some deeply disturbing “adult-orientated” sequences, but these scenes are used as impact accessories to the story, not the central attraction.
This graphic novel is creepy and unsettling in the way the best horror is. The story uses common, relatable life experiences (e.g., childhood fears, family dynamics, teenage awkwardness) as the canvas, upon which Hill and Rodriquez then layer some serious darkness, some well timed plot twists, and two exceptionally done villains, one human and one...other.
Okay..here’s a quick summary and some of the excellent artwork.
In an act of brutal, seemingly random, violence, two teens murder Mr. Locke and shatter the lives of his wife and their three children, Ty, Kinsey and Bode.
In the aftermath, the four travel to the town of Lovecraft, Massachusetts, to live at Key House, the families ancestral home. Each is broken in their own way, one by suffocating guilt, one by post traumatic shock, one by heartache and loneliness, and one by the loss of dad.
Unfortunately, the pain is not over.
Upon moving into Key House, things immediately take a turn for the weird. Turns out the Locke’s new home is neither ordinary ...
nor is it vacant.
To make matters much, much worse, it also turns out that the murder of Mr. Locke was not random at all, and the family will find itself beset by nightmares both human and not human while they try and exorcise their grief and reassemble some semblance of a life.
What makes this such a terrific story is not just the bounty of scary moments, some of which can really shake you. No, what sets this apart and is that Hill and Rodriguez tell a complete tale, and the calm, “ordinary” moments are as important, and as interesting, as the horror.
One of my favorite of these moments is when Bode, testing out one of the houses many unusual attributes, secretly visits his sister as she relives the day their father died.
It is sad and moving, but ends comically in a perfect older sister, younger brother moment. It's perfect.
These quiet moments of reflection are necessary to heighten the emotional investment of the reader, and make the more aggressive events much scarier.
So, add this series to the ever growing pile of recent graphic novels that have really raised the bar. Series like Preacher, The Walking Dead, Criminal, Sleeper, Incognito, Sandman, Gotham Central...and now Locke & Key.
Buy it...read it...love it.
4.5 stars. HIGHLY RECOMMENDED.
Read information about the authorJoe 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 his prize-winning collection, 20th Century Ghosts.
He won the Eisner Award for Best Writer for his long running comic book series, Locke & Key, co-created with illustrator and art wizard Gabriel Rodriguez.
He lives in New Hampshire with a corgi named McMurtry after a certain beloved writer of cowboy tales. His next book, Strange Weather, a collection of novellas, storms into bookstores in October of 2017.
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