Review: Welcome to Lovecraft (Locke & Key #1), Joe Hill & Gabriel Rodriguez

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Locke & Key tells the story of Keyhouse, an unlikely New England mansion, with fantastic doors that transform all who dare to walk trough them... and home to a hate filled relentless creature that will not rest until it forces open the most terrible door of them all.
The house is the childhood house of Rendell Locke and when he gets murdered his family moves in with his brother who still lives in the house. While the youngest Bode is discovering the secrets of the house his mother, brother and sister are dealing with the grief over the loss of their husband and father.

Joseph Hillstrom King (born 1972) is an American writer of fiction, writing under the pen name of Joe Hill.
Hill's first book, the limited edition collection 20th Century Ghosts published in 2005 by PS Publishing), showcases fourteen of his short stories and won the Bram Stoker Award for Best Fiction Collection, together with the British Fantasy Award for Best Collection and Best Short Story for "Best New Horror".
Joe Hill is the second son of authors Stephen and Tabitha King. He is married an has three children.

Born in Santiago the illustrator of Locke & Key, Gabriel Rodriguez Pérez worked as an architect and started his career with illustrations for card games.

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This was the first time I picked up a serious graphic novel. I did read some comics but never something bigger than 24 pages. I was pleasantly surprised by the book. I love ghost house stories and this was a very nice ghost house.
The story begins a bit weird. The first text does not make sense cause you miss out on details. Soon they become clearer though and you manage to understand those first pages better. I very much liked the way the authors portrayed the struggle of the characters when they had to "go on" with their lives.
With the characters in the story I had more of a struggle. Some where easy to connect to or to hate like Bode and Sam. The others though at points significant did not always impress me enough. I had a hard time getting a grip on Tyler.
Still I really enjoyed my first try and am for sure getting the next in this series cause I am curious about the rest of the keys, doors and ghosts.

Locke & Key: Welcome to Lovecraft
Author: Joe Hill
Illustrator: Gabriel Rodriguez
Publisher: IDW Publishing
ISBN: 1600102379
ISBN13: 9781600102370
Pages: 158
Format: Hardcover
Series: Yes, Locke & Key #1

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