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-->'''Cress:''' ''Come on, Poet. Dazzle us with one of your eloquent theories about why we're stuck here and why little Rina-bean gets to leave this sinkhole instead of me. Men always have theories about everything.''\\
'''Poet:''' ''Indeed I do have a new theory, Cress. It involves magnets, and monkeys wearing top hats and a malevolent cheese grater bent on world domination.''\\
-- Issue 1, "The First Drink's On The House."

Bethany "Fig" Keele is running away from her burning house and the two figures who are chasing her. In her hands are the plans for the house of her dreams -- not her dream house, but the house of her ''literal'' dreams, the titular House of Mystery. Once she gets there, she not only finds that it's being used as a sort of interdimensional pub house, but that she can't leave as well.

There are other occupants of the House that can't leave, either: Harry, the bartender, Cressida, the melodramatic waitress, Ann Preston, the pirate queen bouncer, and Poet, a PurpleProse spouting poet and short-order cook. A previous occupant, Rina, just left via a mysterious coachman. The patrons of the House of Mystery can come and go as they please (to all their various worlds, magical or otherwise), but they can't even get back out the front gate.

An interesting comic from [[VertigoComics Vertigo]] by Matthew Sturges (''JackOfFables'') and Bill Willingham (''ComicBook/{{Fables}}'') that combines an overall storyarc with an anthology, since all the patrons of the House of Mystery have to pay with stories. Strongly connected to ''ComicBook/TheSandman''. The series lasted for 42 issues (July, 2008-December, 2011) and two Annuals.

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* AlienGeometries
* AnthologyComic: With a twist!
* BigBad: The Conception almost certainly, and possibly [[spoiler: Cain]] as well
* CainAndAbel: The versions from ''ComicBook/TheSandman''. They make a short appearance in the beginning, where it turns out that Cain's home, the House of Mystery, has mysteriously vanished.
** They also appear again and again, as Cain tries to find his house.
** Later on, Cain [[spoiler: reclaims the house as co-owner with Fig, reluctantly allowing it to remain an inn]].
* ChekhovsGunman: The Thinking Man, Cain.
* {{Cloudcuckoolander}}: "You're being prepared for a journey. A journey that will take you through the space between where you'll take on a race of magical time-traveling aliens who want to remake the universe as an infinite work of art. Or, you know, something like that. The ham's not always specific."
* TheCollectorOfTheStrange: Cain and Abel. Consider how many secret and mysterious items can be found inside their respective houses.
* ComedicSociopathy: Almost half the cast.
* CompletelyMissingThePoint: Played with: Jordan's story is about how he was almost late for work because he put on the wrong shoes. What he fails to mention is [[spoiler:his world is filled with giant arachnids, dragons, homeless zombies, Elder Gods and ''vampire cats'']], but he did mention that he was a terrible story-teller.
** Hungry Sally appears oblivious to the fact that she can't regain her figure by eating because her maggot offspring ripped her insides out.
* CrustyCaretaker: Not as "crusty" as he was back in the 70's, but Cain still counts. Abel is more "chubby" than crusty, but he's also a creepy caretaker too.
* DoggedNiceGuy: Genevieve started out like this (admittedly as somewhat of a DeadpanSnarker as well) when she first pursued various Cresses on various worlds, until she finally got a few, then proceeded to start dating as many as she possibly could, only to get caught. Yet another reason why the Cress of this story may be so grumpy.
** Ann also has one, [[spoiler: who turns out to be a dragon]].
* EverythingsBetterWithPrincesses: Daphne, a [[WitchSpecies witch princess]].
* FaceFullOfAlienWingWong: See below, re: "The Hollows." Also, Miranda and the Bete Noir.
* FaceHeelTurn: [[spoiler: Rina]], who leads the Thinking Man's Army and Administrator Ceorel right to the House in exchange for the Conception to improve her homeworld. Is later [[spoiler:DrivenToSuicide when she decides that people like her don't deserve to live in the better world, only for Administrator Ceorel to reveal to the Thinking Man he made none of the changes she asked for]].
* GargleBlaster: "Okay, here's your 'Something With A Lot of Alcohol In It.' That's the actual name of the drink, and I should add that if you drink ''more'' than two, you'll probably die."
* GeniusLoci: The House itself.
** With [[spoiler: Harry]] as the place given human form.
* GypsyCurse: Placed on the four kids who are condemned to go trick-or-treating forever.
* TheHiddenHour: In the story "The Thirteenth Hour," the world is overrun every day at noon by hideous monsters. They devour the entire human race and then when one o'clock arrives, the clock resets to noon and the world goes back to normal. Only one young man is aware of this phenomenon, and he tries to convince his fiancée to take his place...
* HornedHairdo: Cain's standard look. Although, in this series it's more "antenna hairdo" than in all his other incarnations.
* HorrorHost: Cain and Able are the originals, while almost every other major and minor character gets to present or tell a story at some point in the narrative, although not all the tales told would fall under horror per se.
* InnBetweenTheWorlds: Apparently one of several, all created by a race of people who can travel between worlds at will. Both [[spoiler: Fig]] and [[spoiler: her father]] are members of this race.
* JerkAss: Cress, although since everyone she's ever loved has died or turned into a monster, she may be somewhat justified.
** Also Fig's Dad, who's a DeadpanSnarker pathological liar who is described by his daughter as a "giant, gaping, manipulative douchebag."
* MagicVersusScience: Daphne's people are at war with the "Thinking-Man's Army," who appear to be robots.
* MundaneMadeAwesome: Enrico Canepazzo is the world's greatest living ''process server''.
* MushroomSamba: How Byzantium Mack became a sorcerer.
* NinjaPirateZombieRobot: "''Fucking vampire cats!''"
** Also Jordan's idea for a movie, which featured a gorilla ninja (or ninjorilla) who is also a pirate captain and an astronaut fighting dinosaur wizards in space as well as zombies, robots, his Soviet twin brother, and Hitler. And it's only the first movie in a trilogy...
** Jordan mentions ninja pirate zombie robots a lot.
* OntologicalMystery
* PirateGirl: Ann Preston
* RussianReversal: "In Hell...the bacon eats you!" Said by Ann.
* SpinOff: Though the ''House of Mystery'' title predates it, the Vertigo imprint reboot borrows (the Vertigo version of) Cain from ''ComicBook/TheSandman''.
** Well, ''Sandman'' borrowed Cain from ''The House of Mystery'' in the first place, but yes, his role in this title plays with elements of the character introduced by Gaiman.
* SuspiciouslySpecificDenial: The captions on the story "The Thirteenth Hour," which constantly insist that there is no truth to the claim that various landmarks in San Francisco have any occult meaning at all (given that this is accompanied with images of monsters destroying the world, this is somewhat doubtful).
* TheVoice
* WhereAreTheyNowEpilogue: Occurs in the second-to-last issue.
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