Locke & Key - Welcome To Lovecraft: An Unforgettable Horror Fantasy That You Must Read
Locke and Key: Welcome to Lovecraft by Joe Hill
So for a while, I didn’t know what to think about Joe Hill. Horns is an amazing book I love to death and really want to read more of his work. I thought I may have found a new author to add to my favorites list. Then I finally got my hands on N0S4A2, and it was just terrible. It was silly, weird, and overall just not a good story. That is something unforgivable for a thousand page book. In fact, I could not finish it. Three quarters through I stopped looked, up the ending on Wikipedia and realized what a waste of time it was. So since he has wrote one of the best and one of the worst books I ever read, I became more cautious of his other work. Maybe he’s like his father, Stephen King, where the bad books outnumber the good in a skewed disproportionate number.(For me that is. Sorry King fans) But I didn’t want to believe that. I really want to like Joe Hill, especially after Horns, so I decided to give him a second chance. I decided to read something that I’ve been interested in for a very long time. Its Joe Hill’s graphic novel series. So here is my review of the first book. Its Locke and Key: Welcome to Lovecraft.
So what is the book about? Well it starts off very dark and begins when a couple killers assault a family at their farmhouse. Things go very badly as the father dies, the oldest son has to kill one of the bad guys and the other bad guy is caught by the cops. The story then follows Nina, the mother and her three children, Tyler, Kinsey, and Bode, as they grieve and decide to relocate to the manor their dad grew up in, over in Lovecraft, Massachusetts. There the story follows each character dealing with grief with the exception of Bode. Bode, the very youngest of the three find a key while fooling around and learns that it unlocks a certain doorway to the house and when he passes through it, his body drops dead and his ghost can leave the body and can go anywhere as the body can rot. Bode also begins talking to a strange woman in the well that the mother cannot see and his siblings don’t care to investigate. And without spoiling anything, let’s just say things get weirder and more violent from there as there are more keys to various other oddities and places in and outside the house.
So the good? Well to put it delicately, this is super amazing. It’s just such a great story. Its well done dark horror fantasy, which is usually done in a murder crime thriller form by most authors, as Joe just write a good story that stands out from the rest. The characters are great. They are so relatable and likable. The mythology and story is simple yet incredibly original at the same time. The pacing is great. And the artwork is such a great touch as well. Unlike other graphic novels, especially horror, the characters are very animated. They look like they come from a Pixar movie or a Saturday morning cartoon from the nineties. It, at times looks like it’s for kids from the style, but when something terrible happens, like when blood flies or just the image of Bode dead lifeless body, it is so unsettling. I think the contrast between the cartoony look and the horror really does make it creepy, which is rare for me. In my years of writing these reviews, there have only been two other books I dare say are scary in any form. So congratulations Joe Hill, you creeped me out. Great job.
The bad? I really don’t know what was bad about. I can rattle my brain all day, but I cannot come up with a flaw.
Overall, this is a great book. It was a struggle to put this thing down. So this is a must read for everyone. And if your one of those people who dismisses this as literary fiction because its a graphic novel, you need to stop that line of thinking right now. This better than many of the books I’ve read in the last two years. If you skip this you are really missing out. Like Joe Hill’s book Horns, this is another masterpiece and I’m looking forward to the next book in the series.
4 Smoothies out of Four.
Overall Rating: An Unforgettable Horror Fantasy That You Must Read.