Locke & Key, Vol. 1: Welcome to Lovecraft

Locke & Key, Vol. 1: Welcome to Lovecraft - Joe Hill, Gabriel Rodríguez The Locke family are devastated when the father is murdered by homicidal student Sam Lesser, leading them all back to Keyhouse in Lovecraft, Massachusetts, their Fathers boyhood home and now home of their Uncle Duncan.
The beginning of the story entwines the violent and bloody incident with the sadness of the funeral and the start of a new life for the children Tyler, Kinsey, Bode and their mother in a place that becomes more interesting as the story progresses. The children are just trying to survive the tragedy, return to a semblance of normality as their mother gradually finds refuge in the bottle but Keyhouse is as far from normal as you're likely to get.

In Keyhouse there are many doors and using the appropriate key in a specific door (or even the correct metaphorical door) can bring about extraordinary and magical things.
Bode is an inquisitive young boy and he is the first to discover what can happen when he inadvertently opens the Ghost door, Bode it seems is instantly killed and his spirit reigns free to travel and that's not all. You see there's something in the Well house, desperate to escape it wants the Anywhere key and it wants Bode to get it, this entity is also provoking the imprisoned killer Sam Lesser who is drawn to the Locke family.

The story is excellent, watching the kids deal with what life throws at them coupled with the supernatural element of the Keyhouse gives an incredible fantasy horror element and the impact of their actions at the time of the murder certainly pulls on the heart strings. The artwork suited the story perfectly and I've bought the following 4 volumes, only wish I'd read this earlier.