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Ghost stories are often allegories: they use ghosts to represent the past or about characters’ hidden feelings. Locke & Key: Welcome to Lovecraft is the first book in a series which does just that. After the horrible murder of their father, the Locke family moves away to live in a giant mysterious house. The house has a long history and contains many deadly secrets.
This first volume of Locke & Key is really about Tyler, the oldest boy, mourning the death of his father. But much of it also follows Bode, the youngest child, as he explores the strange place. He discovers the first of many magical Keys. This Key turns you into a ghost. Bode has fun with it, but there is something more dangerous waiting for him…
Netflix made a Locke & Key show. You can check out the trailer here: ロック&キー | Netflix (ネットフリックス) 公式サイト
My two cents: This is the best volume of the series that I have read, and I highly recommend it!