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June 1, 2009

Some Recommended Reading

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I recently managed to get around to a book I've had for a while: Locke & Key: Welcome to Lovecraft. It's by Joe Hill and Gabriel Rodriguez and published by IDW, and aside from being a nice little tribute to H.P. Lovecraft, it's got some of the most genuinely chilling and creepy moments in comics in a long time. The second and third pages alone were just plain frightening, and the book is made even scarier by the little nuances the creators throw in along the way. The book mixes horror and fantasy effortlessly (this will come as a shock to exactly no one, but just in case you're unaware: Hill is Stephen King's son, and he's inherited his dad's skills). Hill's writing talents really shine through here, and it seems like he's in his element with this story (which collects the first six issue of the comic-book series). It's about a family who move into a sprawling mansion called Keyhouse, where strange things happen writer, obviously. And it's good. Creepy, scary good. Just the right thing for a little suspenseful reading. (By the way, Hill's prose novel Heart-Shaped Box is well worth checking out too.)