House of Mystery (Vertigo)

House of Mystery  is an occult and horror-themed comic book anthology series based on the classic  House of Mystery  series That ran from 1951 to 1983. The writers, Bill Willingham and Lilah Sturges (credited as “Matthew Sturges”),  [2]  [ 3]  [4]  debuted the series in July 2008 under the Vertigo imprint of DC Comics .  [5]  [6]


Cain (of Cain and Abel ) to the House of Mystery, his home in the Dreaming , and finds that it has disappeared. Seven years later, in Texas, a form architecture student named Bethany “Fig” Keele flees her house burning, saving a handful of skits she once made of a house from her dreams. Keele is pursued by a “Pair of the Conception”, agents of an entity known as “Omneity”; They are two people, a male and a female, always holding hands. If they let go of one another, they will disappear. The peer chases her through the door of the House of Mystery, where she meets the inhabitants of the bar and discovers the terms of what is apparently her imprisonment. Everyone must pay for their drinks with stories, and no one can leave their house by mysterious coachman. None of the house’s occupants are sure why some people might get s stay is at least ostensibly eternal until the coachman inexplicably turns up to take them away. This does not stop some of the inhabitants of trying to get out, nor does it stop. [5]

Collected editions

The series is being collected into trade paperback :

  • Room and Boredom  (collects  House of Mystery  # 1-5, 128 pages, January 2009, ISBN  978-1-4012-2079-2 )  [7]
  • Love Stories for Dead People  (Collects  House of Mystery  # 6-10, 128 pages, June 2009, ISBN  978-1-4012-2276-5 )  [8]
  • The Space Between  (Collects  House of Mystery  # 11-15, 128 pages, January 2010, ISBN  978-1-4012-2581-0 )  [9]
  • The Beauty of Decay  (collects  House of Mystery  # 16-20 &  Halloween Special  2009, 160 pages, released July 2010, ISBN  978-1-4012-2756-2 )  [10]
  • Under New Management  (Collects  House of Mystery  # 21-25, 128 pages, released January 2011, ISBN  978-1-4012-2981-8 )  [11]
  • Safe As Houses  (Collects  House of Mystery  # 26-30, 144 pages, released May 2011, ISBN  978-1-4012-3154-5 )  [12]
  • Design  (collects  House of Mystery  # 31-35 &  Halloween Special  2010, 160 pages, released December 2011, ISBN  978-1-4012-3264-1 )  [13]
  • Desolation  (collects  House of Mystery  # 36-42, 160 pages, released August 2012, ISBN  978-1-4012-3495-9 )  [14]


  1. Jump up^  “Vertigo House Comics of Mystery # 42” . DC Comics . Retrieved 2011-08-10 .
  2. Jump up^  Sturges & Willingham on the New House of Mystery Archived2009-12-16 at theWayback Machine.,Newsarama, February 20, 2008
  3. Jump up^  Sturges is Big Brother of Vertigo’s “House of Mystery”,Comic Book Resources, May 6, 2008
  4. Jump up^  House Showing: Matt Sturges on House of Mystery,Newsarama, February 17, 2009
  5. ^ Jump up to: b   Irvine, Alex (2008), “House of Mystery”, in Dougall, Alastair,  The Vertigo Encyclopedia  , New York: Dorling Kindersley , p. 88, ISBN  0-7566-4122-5 , OCLC  213309015
  6. Jump up^  NYCC: Vertigo – Welcome to the Edge,Comic Book Resources, April 19, 2008
  7. Jump up^  Room and Boredom  detailsat DC
  8. Jump up^  Love Stories for Dead People  detailsat DC
  9. Jump up^  The Space Between  detailsat DC
  10. Jump up^  The Beauty of Decay  detailsat DC
  11. Jump up^  Under New Management  detailsat DC
  12. Jump up^  Safe As Houses  Detailsat DC
  13. Jump up^  Design  detailsat DC
  14. Jump up^  Desolation  detailsat DC


  • ‘  House of Mystery’  at the Grand Comics Database
  • House of Mystery  at the DB Comic Book

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