The story of Nina Locke and her three children, Tyler, Kinsey, and Bode, who survive an unspeakable horror and attempt to rebuild their lives at Keyhouse, their family home in Lovecraft, Massachusetts. It is a mysterious New England mansion, with fantastic and transformative keys hidden inside its walls that are also being sought by a hate-filled and relentless creature with ties to the Locke family’s past who will stop at nothing to accomplish his sinister goals.
Alternate: “Locke & Key” tells of three siblings who, after the gruesome murder of their father, move to their ancestral home in Massachusetts. They soon discover the house has magical keys that give the bearers a vast array of powers and abilities. However, a devious creature is also after the keys, forcing the family to make a stand against evil.
After a few weeks of fan and creator voting, the winners for the 2013 Ghastly Awards have been announced! “Afterlife with Archie” picked up three awards, including Best Ongoing Title, while “Locke & Key” picked up two, including Best Writer. This is a solid list of fantastic horror titles from the past year, each of which deserve to be recognized for bringing a little more terror into our lives. If you haven’t checked out these titles, you’re missing out. Check out the full list of winners below. READ MORE
The third annual Ghastly Award nominees have been announced. If you don’t know about the awards, they honor excellence in the horror comics industry, not unlike the Eisner Awards. Head below for all the 2013 nominees, and it’s a pretty solid list if I do say so myself. READ MORE
During 2013, readers got a chance to welcome some new additions to their buy list, while saying farewell to a couple of their personal favorites. The DC timeline jumped backwards, sending Batman back to “Year Zero,” while Marvel unleashed Galactus on the Ultimate Universe. When readers went outside the Big Two, there were creators experimenting with their artwork at IDW and Image. Even an iconic actor, known for his memorable movie roles, jumped into comics writing at Dark Horse. By the end of the year, a critically acclaimed horror series finally closed its last chapter.
Usually twelve issues are reserved for mainstream crossovers, like “Battle of the Atom” and “Forever Evil,” but I was totally surprised to see at least three original titles taking that much time and dedication to tell one ambitious and serialized narrative. Here is my Top 10 List for Best Horror Miniseries of 2013. READ MORE
An emotionally gripping finale, “Locke & Key: Alpha” #2 is the perfect conclusion any fan could hope for. The deeply flawed Locke family stand together one last time. A mixture of somber and closure, the “Locke & Key” series delivers a touching ending that will make you appreciate the years of brilliant work from its creators. READ MORE
IDW Limited is at it again, this time they are releasing an “ultra-exclusive” limited-edition hardcover of Joe Hill and Gabriel Rodriguez’s “Locke & Key: Head Games”. This edition comes with a tray case an exclusive photo portfolio, a Head or Echo Key, and a secret compartment containing pages from the Locke family journal. If you’re an avid “Locke & Key” fan and you’re looking to get yourself something special this holiday season, look no further. There are a few version of the release ranging form $175 to $600, each offering something unique. READ MORE
With news of “Preacher” getting a pilot over at AMC, it reminded me of the heartbreak that ensued when FOX passed on the “Locke & Key” series, based on Joe Hills revolutionary comic.
In speaking with MTV, Hill talked about how the failed pilot is causing a huge headache for him and producers Robert Orci and Alex Kurtzman.
“It’s been snared in an endless series of contractual negotiations. Universal took a long, long time to come through with an acceptable contract for myself and IDW,” said Hill. “Now they’re dealing with a bureaucracy as labyrinthine and implacable as their own: FOX TV. Uni wants to avoid spending $25 million on a movie, and then have FOX steal their thunder by releasing a three-year-old pilot. READ MORE
The Ghastly Awards were founded in 2011 by Decapitated Dan with the help of Steve Banes, Mike Howlett, Lonnie Nadler and Mykal Banta, the Ghastly Awards recognize outstanding achievements in Horror Comics over a range of 15 different categories. The nominees are chosen by other horror comic book professionals and winners are chosen by a panel of judges. Since the start of the awards, 4 more judges have been added into the group.
All the judges are back with another month of horror comic highlights and reviews. hit the jump to see what the Ghastly’s are digging these days in the world of horror comics. READ MORE
Jacen Burrows is one of the most gruesome artist working comics today. Burrows is known for developing the grotesque world of “Crossed” with writer Garth Ennis, and for his terrifying take on the Cthulhu mythos in “Neonomicon” with Alan Moore. His artwork is insanely detailed and he has a keen ability for embellishing the details of some of the most disturbing depictions of brutal violence.
Normally Burrows is the one turning reader’s stomachs, but Bloody-Disgusting was able to find out what horror comics left the biggest impression on him. Burrows kindly sat down and gave us his Top 5 most memorable horror comics. READ MORE
A truly scary and spine-chilling installment, “Locke & Key: Alpha” #1 keeps the reader’s heart racing while taking their breath away. The deeply flawed Locke family stands together in an epic-sized battle against evil. With one issue away from the finale, the “Locke & Key” series gets ready to deliver an ending fans are anxiously awaiting. READ MORE
With the end in sight for IDW Publishing’s “Locke & Key”, let’s look back at how this simple family drama became an epic saga of supernatural horror, fantasy, and dark humor. To recover from the death of their father, three siblings move far away to KeyHouse, a mansion that screams of buried secrets and hidden corridors. Behind closed doors, there is a strangeness lurking in the shadows, waiting patiently to strike back at this dysfunctional family. READ MORE
Comic books are notoriously difficult to make scary. They don’t have the advantage of sound to build atmosphere, and there is no possibility of jump-scares. Creators must rely on storytelling, mood, and still images alone. It takes a talented team to create a horror comic book that gets inside your head, and stays long after reading. As Bloody-Disgusting continues to highlight the very best that the horror genre has to offer, the staff put together a look a list of the comics that we feel will truly terrify readers. READ MORE
IDW is going big this year for Comic-con International. You can head to their webstore to order the IDW con exclusives in advance. Some of the more intruiging items include the extremely limited “Edition: Best Of EC Covers Portfolio” and “Best Of EC Artist’s Edition” (limited to 250 copies each). On the less expensive side are the 100 copies each of the “Locke & Key high-quality pewter key replicas”, selling for $25 each. And, of course, a whole load of SDCC Exclusive variant covers. Check out all the details below. READ MORE
Universal has optioned Locke & Key, the absolutely incredible acclaimed supernatural comic book series by Joe Hill and Gabriel Rodriguez, to develop as a feature film, the Hollywood Reporter writes.
“Locke & Key tells of three siblings who, after the gruesome murder of their father, move to their ancestral home in Massachusetts. They soon discover the house has magical keys that give the bearers a vast array of powers and abilities. However, a devious creature is also after the keys, forcing the family to make a stand against evil.”
The stories expanded to tell a bi-generational coming-of-age tale that encompasses heroism and tragedy, and thrills and chills.
Hill, who is the son of Stephen King and the author of such horror novels such as “Heart-Shaped Box” and the recent “NOS4A2,” won an Eisner for best writer, and the series has twice won the British Fantasy Award for best comic/graphic novel. READ MORE
As each installment draws closer to its grand finale, the reading experience of Locke & Key: Omega #5 will definitely leave you breathless. Once you get to know them, you will be rooting for the deeply flawed Locke family to make it out alive. As the “Locke & Key” series comes winding down, each issue delivers an unforgettable punch of story and art. READ MORE
According to redditor Dave_Vai, “Lock & Key” partners Joe Hill and Gabriel Rodriguez will be taking over an established character for either Marvel or DC this year. While nothing has been announced officially, the redditor says he had the opportunity to speak with Hill in Scotland yesterday. Dave_Vai asked Hill what his plans were and the writer mentioned that him and Rodriguez would be working on a big 2 character, but was not at liberty to say which one. Hill did however say, they will “either have superpowers or are well trained and have gadgits”. Do you have any thoughts/hopes for which character the Hill/Rodriguez team will be taking over? READ MORE
“Locke & Key” was originally supposed to close with the current “Omega” story arc, but IDW made public over the weekend that there will in fact be more from Joe Hill and Gabriel Rodriguez, and I’m not complaining. “Locke & Key: Omega” will now run 5-issues as opposed to the 6 originally planned, and the series will conclude in with “Locke & Key: Alpha”, which consists of two oversized issues. It’s often a problem that creators are not given enough room to bring a series to a proper conclusion and IDW is keen on making sure fans of the Locke family get the ending they deserve.
The first of the forty-eight page issues will hit in August. READ MORE
As each installment gets better and better, there is no way readers can avoid a great issue as Locke & Key: Omega #4. Once you get to know them, you will be caring about the deeply flawed and relatable Locke family. As the “Locke & Key” series comes winding down, each issue packs a serious punch. READ MORE
Delivering another terrific installment, Locke & Key: Omega #3 continues to be a suspenseful horror story and a touching family drama. The deeply flawed Locke family are the most interesting characters you will ever read. As the last issues of the “Locke & Key” series come winding down, you have to be there for the end. READ MORE
We all know it’s only a matter of time before Joe Hill’s Locke & Key comes to an end, and the author took to tumblr to speak about his upcoming projects. Hill responded to a user comment stating he is working on a 5-issue series called WRA1TH with artist Charles Wilson III, which will work as an intro to his upcoming novel, “NOS4A2″ (these are license plate numbers).
On top of that Hill also noted he plans to do more work with Gabriel Rodriguez, as well as something coming up with Marvel or DC, though he did not specify. See his full answer below. READ MORE
Difficult to put down, Locke & Key: Omega #2 continues to be a remarkable and touching family drama. If you didn’t think it were possible to feel more for he flawed Locke family, you will by the end of this issue. Hill and Rodriguez are making it hard to come to terms with the fact that these are the last issues of the “Locke & Key”. READ MORE
The big day is just a week away, and I know a lot of you have yet to complete your holiday shopping. Lucky for you, we’ve sifted through all the comics, trades, toys, and collectables so you don’t have to. The BD Comic Book Crew (as we are henceforth to be known) has put together a naughty list of (mostly new) gift ideas for the comic lovers in your life. It ranges from Christmas tree ornaments to compendiums to charitable donations. Without further adieu, The 2012 Comics Gift Guide. READ MORE
Locke & Key: Omega #1 builds up on the oddly touching family drama, while capturing the sinister elements of the story. The suspenseful pacing is one of the comic’s best strengths as readers become fully invested with the flawed and relatable Locke family. It’s hard to read without wanting to go through the fantastic doors of the Keyhouse mansion. READ MORE
Joe Hill and Gabriel Rodriguez’ Locke & Key, one of the most highly praised horror comics of all time, begins its end this week. “Locke & Key: Omega” will be the final adventure for the Locke family in Key House as Dodge has in his hands the one key to rule them all. The first issue drops on Wednesday, November 14th from IDW Publishing. READ MORE