I've been sitting on this one for a while now, but I am very thrilled to announce that I am overseeing a re-read of Joe Hill and Gabriel Rodriguez's fantastic Locke & Key over at Tor.com. I'll be essentially reviewing the six trades comprising the series.
|Welcome to the Locke & Key Reread|
Here's the announcement post, and a snapshot from it:
However, one thing becomes quite clear by the end of Welcome to Lovecraft, the first volume of the saga, as uttered by the mysterious being first known as Dodge:
“No. You can’t understand. Because you’re reading the last chapter of something without having read the first chapter. You’re a little guy, Bode. Kids always think they’re coming into a story at the beginning, when they’re usually coming in at the end.”
The series has been drawing comparisons to Neil Gaiman’s Sandman series and even if the two stories are slightly different in the scope, there’s an appreciation for the power of story and imagination in both stories. On numerous occasions, Mr. Hill has pointed to Mr. Gaiman as an influence. Superficially, as the story begins, Hill & Rodriguez lull readers in with two common tropes of the horror genre—the home invasion and the haunted house story. This framework is then used as a launching pad into many dark and fantastic realms through the use of the keys, similar to Sandman’s use of dreams.
The first trade/installment is, of course, Welcome to Lovecraft. So please, go and read along or reread the series with me, won't you?