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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!
Acclaimed suspense novelist and New York Times bestselling author Joe Hill (Heart-Shaped Box) creates an all-new story of dark fantasy and wonder, with astounding artwork from Gabriel Rodriguez.
"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." Publishers Weekly (Copyright Reed Business Information, Inc.)
"[A] strong start for the series....Hill possesses the commendable knack for creating believably recognizable antagonists without shying from the grandiose hideousness of their actions....He's aided in this by artist Gabriel Rodriguez, who has a firm grasp on grandly gory splatter and quiet angst..." BlogCritics Magazine
Keyhouse is 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. The bestselling author of Heart-Shaped Box creates an all-new story of dark fantasy and wonder.
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"There has been a rash of novelists jumping on the comic bandwagon in the past few years...with dubious success. Prose and comics are such different media that the strengths a writer possesses in one form don't necessarily translate to the other. Hill, however, is clearly a comics fan who understands the medium and utilizes its visual power to the fullest potential." Chris A. Bolton, Powells.com
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