“A real joy to read!”

Three years after wrapping up their award-winning, best-selling Locke  Key saga, the team that built Keyhouse returns to Lovecraft, Massachusetts with a new tale of terror and suspense! An impossible birthday gift for two little girls unexpectedly throws open a door to a monster on eight legs!

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Returning to the Keyhouse Manor three years after the completion of Locke and Key, Joe Hill and Gabriel Rodriguez revisit this wonderful series with this highly entertaining one-shot.

This time around we are taken back to the early 20th century where two young sisters receive a unique gift from their father. The gift? A small replica dollhouse of their home. Of course, being Locke and Key, this house comes with a bit of magic. The dollhouse isn’t just a replica of their house; it is their house!

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The amazing dollhouse allows the girls to spy on everyone in the house. Though, the downside to this is that whatever they introduce to the dollhouse happens to the real house at a much larger scale. For instance, one of the girls sticks the eraser end of a pencil through the wall of the dollhouse and a giant pencil comes through the real version of the house. The same thing happens when the youngest girl wipes a disgusting booger on the wall of the house and its giant, slimy counterpart shows up for real downstairs. You have to read it to see just how much fun this is.

Without ruining anything for you, I’ll just say at some point things take a wicked turn when an eight-legged arachnid makes its way into the dollhouse and runs amok in Keyhouse Manor.

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It’s no real surprise that the writing and art for this is amazing. Joe Hill has proven again and again that his imagination lends itself perfectly to comics. Gabriel Rodriguez and Jay Fotos complement each other well with the drawing and coloring of this book.

There’s not much that needs to be said for this book other than, GO READ IT! Trust me, it’s a quick, fun read.

I’m giving Locke and Key: Small World…

4 whiskey shots

4 Out Of 5 Whiskey Shots

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Image: IDW; cover by Gabriel Rodriguez

Writer: Joe Hill
Artist: Gabriel Rodriguez and Jay Fotos
Publisher: IDW Publishing
Release Date: December 21, 2016

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