The origins of the House of Mystery are unknown, but it appears to usually exist simultaneously in both the realm known as The Dreaming and on Earth, next to a graveyard (the House of Secrets stands opposite it). The House appears to be sentient, and to act as a repository for stories, norma
For the series of the same name, see House of Mystery Vol 1.
The House of Mystery is the abode of Cain, storyteller extraordinaire and possibly history's first murderer.
The origins of the House of Mystery are unknown, but it appears to usually exist simultaneously in both the realm known as The Dreaming and on Earth, next to a graveyard (the House of Secrets stands opposite it). The House appears to be sentient, and to act as a repository for stories, normally quite horrific ones.
For countless years, Cain has acted as caretaker of the House, as his brother Abel does the House of Secrets. For a brief period a few years ago, Cain went missing and the House appointed Elvira to be its new caretaker until he returned; the House appears to need a caretaker, even though it is quite capable of looking after itself, and indeed of completely restructuring itself at will. After some time, however, Cain revealed that he had been hiding inside the House all along, and Elvira left to host horror stories elsewhere.
Shortly afterwards, Morpheus, the Lord of the Dreaming, returned to his domain after almost a century of imprisonment, and stumbled to the House of Mystery's door, where Cain and Abel nursed him back to health. After Morpheus's return, the House stuck mostly to the Dreaming, where Cain frequently entertained other supernatural storytellers. More recently, the House has disappeared from its customary location(s), and become a coaching inn at an extra-dimensional location; Cain spent several months looking for it.
Eventually the House called out to John Constantine to return to the property, and he reclaimed ownership.
- Gregory the Gargoyle
- John Constantine
- Andrew Bennett
- Mister Mxyzptlk
- Fig Keele
- Justice League Dark
- The House of Mystery told Elvira that it was built in 1748.
- The House once manifested in Gotham City.
- On Earth 13, the House of Mystery is a tavern run by Cain and Abel
- In House of Mystery Vol 2, the House of Mystery becomes a pub visited by patrons from across the Multiverse.