Thursday, March 22, 2012
Locke & Key #1: Welcome to Lovecraft by Joe Hill
Welcome to Lovecraft is the first in the Locke & Key series, introducing us to the Locke's. In only the first few pages, we are introduced to this normal American family through the brutal murder of the father, previously a high school counselor and now dead at the hands of one of his students. The oldest of the three children hides his siblings and helps to save his mother before more death results. To get away from it all and in an attempt to start over, the survivors move to Key House with the father's brother. However, one cannot run away from secrets and the house itself has many that only begin to reveal themselves.
Hill's graphic novel is not one for the feint of heart. It is scary because it features every day people with realistic issues, even the evil ones. When you add Rodriguez's art to the mix, the fright and gore cannot be shielded from your eyes. The combination of the two results in one of the best horror tales that I have read. Many may ask why I even bothered to continue reading if the fear was so real, and I answer with this: Because it feels so real. I related to the characters in many ways. My soul could not rest until I knew that the fear had been conquered, even if momentarily. And, because I simply wanted to see justice served.
This series is not for everyone and I warn readers of the true graphic nature of this novel that should be targeted for mature readers only. As soon as you open the book, you may find yourself shielding your eyes, but unable to stop turning the pages. Welcome to Lovecraft is horror in the truest sense, and yet, may keep you coming back for more.
Have you read Hill's work before? How would you best describe it?