A History of Violence
Since then, his illustrative talents in comics have included The Sandman, American Freak, Batman, Witchcraft: Le Terreur, The Spectre, and A History of Violence, which was later made into a movie directed by David Cronenberg and starring Viggo Mortensen. He has done work for 2000 AD, including one Judge Dredd story.
Locke has also gained notoriety by creating ultra-violent watercolor paintings to be used as album covers for the death metal band Cannibal Corpse. Also, he has provided illustrations for the "weird erotica" of dark-fantasy author Caitlín R. Kiernan, providing black and white artwork strongly reminiscent of Aubrey Beardsley's style for her collections Frog Toes and Tentacles and Tales from the Woeful Platypus, as well as for Kiernan's monthly Sirenia Digest. Recent projects have included illustrating the first issue of Polluto: The Anti-Pop Culture Journal. He is also known for providing art work for RPGs by White Wolf Publishing and Wizards of the Coast. A press release dated May 6, 2012 announced Locke's graphic novel collaboration with writer Jasmine Lyraka for the Wagnerian opera metal project Lyraka.
He lives with his wife and three sons in Michigan, where he continues to draw and paint.
Comics work includes:
- American Freak: A Tale of the Un-Men (with Dave Louapre, 5-issue limited series, Vertigo, 1994)
- A History of Violence (with John Wagner, Paradox Press, 1997)
- The Books of Faerie: Auberon's Tale (inks and finished art, Vertigo, 1998)
- Tales From the Black Museum:
- Judge Dredd:
- Tharg's Future Shocks: "Yggdrassil" (with Arthur Wyatt, in 2000 AD #1561, 2007)
Wizards of the Coast (as interior artist):
- Pool of Radiance: Attack on Myth Drannor (Forgotten Realms) (2000)
- Living Greyhawk Gazetteer (2000)
- Wheel of Time Roleplaying Game (2001)
- Faiths and Pantheons (Forgotten Realms) (2002)
- City of the Spider Queen (Forgotten Realms) (2002)
- Underdark (Forgotten Realms) (2003)
- Unapproachable East (Forgotten Realms) (2003)
- Races of Faerûn (Forgotten Realms) (2003)
- Shining South (Forgotten Realms) (2004)
- Lost Empires of Faerûn (Forgotten Realms) (2005)
With Cannibal Corpse
- Eaten Back To Life (1990) (Cover art and logo)
- Butchered at Birth (1991) (Cover art and logo)
- Tomb of the Mutilated (1992) (Cover art)
- Hammer Smashed Face (EP) (1993) (Cover art)
- The Bleeding (1994) (Cover art)
- Vile (1996) (Cover art)
- Gallery of Suicide (1998) (Cover art)
- Bloodthirst (1999) (Cover art)
- Live Cannibalism (2000) (Live album) (Artwork)
- Live Cannibalism (2000) (Live DVD) (Artwork)
- Gore Obsessed (2002) (Cover art)
- Classic Cannibal Corpse (2002) (Box set) (Cover art)
- Worm Infested (EP) (2003) (Cover art)
- The Wretched Spawn (2004) (Cover art)
- Kill (2006) (Artwork)
- Centuries of Torment: The First 20 Years (2008) (DVD) (Artwork) (Cover art)
- Evisceration Plague (2009) (Cover art)
- Global Evisceration (2011) (Live DVD) (Artwork)
- Torture (2012) (Cover art, as "Vince Locke")
- Dead Human Collection: 25 Years of Death Metal (2013) (Box set) (Cover art) (Logo) (Artwork)
- A Skeletal Domain (2014) (Cover art)
- Krug, Kurt Anthony (April 5, 2006). "Successful film puts artist in spotlight", The Detroit News, p. Z2.
- Douglas, John (September 30, 2005). "Local illustrator gets 'Violence'", The Grand Rapids Press, p. D2.
- Matamoros, Mauricio (October 2, 2005). "Rescatan una historia violenta", Reforma, p. 8.
- Davis, J. Madison (July–August 2007). "How graphic can a mystery be?", World Literature Today 81 (4): 7–9.
- CANNIBAL CORPSE Artist Vincent Locke to Collaborate With LYRAKA
- Irvine, Alex (2008), "The Books of Faerie", in Dougall, Alastair, The Vertigo Encyclopedia, New York: Dorling Kindersley, pp. 36–37, ISBN 0-7566-4122-5, OCLC 213309015