House of Mystery Books
House of Mystery is a T'karonto based Small Press. Founded in 2020.
On the northern shores of the great lake Ontario lie the ancestral lands of the Mississauga of the Credit, the Haudenosaunee, the Petun First Nations, the Huron Wendat, the Anishnabeg and the Chippewa. Home to many indigenous peoples. A Meeting Place, of peoples from all over the world. Part of Treaty 13, may the honour be to deepen relationship in a good way to these lands. Home to the White Pine, Blood Root, Boneset. To the High Bush Cranberry, The Elderberry and to the Goldenrod & Aster. The House of Mystery is continuously awed & inspired by these lands as a way to understand how to make a home for Life.
A Witch's Threads
A Witch Follows her Threads. It takes everything for her to follow where it is she is led. She is made for this. Two Stories to take us deeper down the Road of Justice, Eros and Belonging. Coming Soon.
She went on to get her BFA in Printmaking at OCAD University in Toronto, splitting her time between making books, and the desire to make those books into real life, through a kind of living theatre. Seasonal Mystery Plays.
Fast forward. to the summer of June 2020, after exploring many different avenues of expression, Eliserene returned to her love of stories, beauty and the printed word, and launched House of Mystery.
Once upon studying English Literature at Dalhousie University, EliSirene Ship wandered many hallways and particularly the basement of the ever so dark Dalhousie University's Library. It was there, 18 year old EliSirene peaked into a large suite of rooms filled to the brim with letterpress. This basement depot was where all maritime presses, having become obsolete tech, had gone and retired. Relics, which were for the most part in good working order, for they were cared for by a very able steward. This gem, had studied the long way of becoming a printer and bookbinder, doing all his studies and journeyman-ship in England. He told me once he had restored a book purported to have been bound in human flesh. These lte teenaged eyes lit Starry Bright right beaming into one of EliSerene’s true hearts desires. With this, her love of textured print and type fonts was secured. And immediately she signed up for the letterpress open studio and the bookbinding classes that were being offered.
Very first commissioned print: