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Stories focused on the family and the friendly relationships of the cast. Plot-focused stories or light day-in-the-life stories. Pretty much anything that isn't focused on romance.Silent Hill: Praying in Vain by hauntedheadnc
Recommended by Extraintrovert
Synopsis: Similar to Silent Hill 2, a woman wracked with guilt receives a letter from a person long dead, she journeys to Silent Hill to uncover the truth, and in the process fights for survival against literal and figurative demons. Any more information would result in unforgivable spoilers.
Comments: This is a brilliant piece of Silent Hill fanfiction and a superb horror story, the closest thing to an "original" Silent Hill novel one is likely to find. Highlights include a original version of the series' iconic Dark World, a wonderfully human protagonist, and the most extensive picture of past and present Silent Hill I have ever seen. Admittedly rather slow to become established and begin the story, but once it does it grabs hold of your face, smashes it against the screen and only releases you long enough to go to the next chapter. A word of note, however: this story has a very strong (some would say Anvilicious) anti-abortion message that some tropers felt made it nearly impossible to read.
This pro-choice troper actually didn't mind it.
This very-apathetic-about-abortion troper feels that certain people who leave rude reviews need to learn the difference between a story about abortion, and a story with abortion in it.
Synopsis: A US Marine, apparently suffering PTSD after seeing combat on a tour in Iraq, goes AWOL, wraps his car around a tree while hearing the love of his life talk to him in his head, and finds that the nearest town is a quaint little place called Silent Hill.
Comments: Written by an actual Marine, The Bitter Season is, quite possibly, an even better take on the idea of a soldier's deep-seated, past guilts bringing him to Silent Hill than Homecoming, and this troper says this while planted firmly in the apparent minority of gamers who actually likedHomecoming. The fic is not without faults; the imagery is sometimes over-described to the point of Narm, especially when military words and things are in-focus, although this particular criticism should be taken with a grain of salt. In particular, the author doesn't seem to understand that two different characters should not share dialog in a single paragraph, but considering the frequency it occurs, this may be more of a weakness in proofreading. For possessing of such an elementary mistake, the big picture here is that the story is still excellent and well worth the time to read. The author has a very clear grasp of what he wants to do, and does it remarkably well, with solid imagery where it counts plus a tight grasp of the source material and literary technique in general. This troper was sold early-on when he realized the Marine sees Silent Hill's Otherworld as a nightmarish Middle-East-style desert town, something the dialog lampshades, but long enough after the visuals start adding up that the astute reader will pick up on it first. Furthermore, the author is not at all afraid of breaking conventions and balances risk with originality very well. This troper can't remember the last time a protagonist lost a limb, early on, with consequences both physically and symbolically, planned as an actual plot-point instead of as a cheap shock twist or torture-porn.
This troper would like to point out that this story has been removed. According to the author's profile, however, a rewrite may be in the works. Hmm...too delete this entry or not delete this entry, that is the question...
Synopsis: Novelization of Silent Hill 3. A Stray Child retells the game from it's beginning, till Harry's death and Heather's arrival in Silent Hill. You're Not Here continues this and gradually brings an alternate take on the ending of the game.
Comments: I can safely say that this, for me, is the most well-written and engrossing piece in the fandom, so far. I had first read it years ago and I still remember it impressing me, especially the final chapters. Silent Hill 3 was an installment of the series that put a big focus on the characters as individuals, and this novelization handles the characterization in a brilliant manner. And most of all, manages to actually capture the atmosphere of Silent Hill.
Also, to note, the story is goddamn horrifying. As in even more frightening than the game is. Luckily for the reader, there are a few moment which act as breathers, and they are much needed. As the above troper noted, the atmosphere in this story is superb, and much like the game, seems to embody the ideas of despair, paranoia, and abject terror. It also serves to fill in a few blanks as to what some of the characters besides Heather are up to during Heather's screentime.
Synopsis: Novelization of Silent Hill 4, as told in first person through Henry Townshend.
Comments: Perhaps the second-best Silent Hill game novelization this troper has seen. Not only does the author include painstaking details that flesh out the plot in a bit more depth while remaining faithful to canon, but also provides very good in-character interpretations of Henry, Eileen, Walter and even some of the minor characters, to a lesser extent. Really worth a read, unless you dislike any semi-mild Ship Tease between Henry and Eileen.
Synopsis: A novelization of the first game. Join Harry Mason, a novelist who takes his daughter Cheryl to the eponymous town, only to wind up in a nightmarish world and his daughter missing.
Comments: If there was to be a novelization of the game, I would only hope this author would be the one penning it. Not only is the creepy atmosphere preserved, it gives greater insight into the world beyond even what the games ever offered. Throw in some clever references to the popular horror stories that inspired the original games, and you have a delightfully scary story to read in the dark.... A sequel was made by the author, but unfortunately hasn't been updated in years.
This fic does have a good plot and interesting adaptations, but the writing is bad. Not terrible, but bad enough. Mistaken homophones, many parts where Beige Prose rules unchallenged, incorrect apostrophe usage... I don't feel compelled to say it's worth my recommendation.
Synopsis: Three years after the events of Silent Hill 4, Henry receives a letter from "an old friend". Which happens to be a revived, non-psychotic Walter Sullivan, who is looking for his mother in Silent Hill.
Comments: This one was meant to be a Crack Fic like the others on the author's page, but the idea was quickly discarded in favor of a tasty Continuation Fic that offers everything in Silent Hill in text format: monsters, battles, exploring, puzzles, sounds... You name it, it's there. It's also the juiciest plot I have ever seen in a Silent Hill fic - and it manages to turn Walter into a woobie of astronomical proportions. He used the city for what he did... And now the city is out to get him.
Synopsis: A novelization of the events of Silent Hill 2 from James's perspective, the story goes into depth about his personal life and motivations as he goes through his ordeal in Silent Hill.
Comments: While novelizations are a dime a dozen, this story features incredible characterization and really captures the feel of the game, with a focus on it's effects on the protagonist's mind and resolve. The story also features a rewrite, accessible on the author's page, that addresses the few grammatical errors and plot holes. Overall it's very enjoyable.
Synopsis: Your name is Vanessa Sunderland. Three years ago, your uncle's wife died, and soon after, he disappeared into the depths of Silent Hill. No one's heard from him since. But tonight, you got a phone call. It was garbled, but you know it was him. He's there, in Silent Hill. And you intend to find him.
Comments: Using a storytelling method modeled after the interactive comic 'MS Paint Adventures: Problem Sluth', this fancomic/story is a wonderfully unique way to capture the tone and the deep twistedness of the original Silent Hill games, all while screwing with the head of the reader/participant. It continues the story of Silent Hill 2 with an original female protagonist, borrowing enough details to put it firmly in Silent Hill 2's verse while being its own storyline. It also "plays" like a game, with an inventory, map system, and even game overs. In typical Silent Hill fashion, the symbolism plays a huge part in the narrative; as you delve further into the story, it becomes clear that something is not quite right with your protagonist. All in all, it's a great comic with a riveting story that stays true to the game itself.
Synopsis: It would have made sense for Kauffman to die after the events of Silent Hill 1, as it is, he survived there until, almost two decades later, when Harry returns after dying in Silent Hill 3.
Comments: One in a superb series, the slash is somewhat subtle (after all, this is still Kauffman we're talking about here.) The ending is perfectly fitting for the games, and the characters are very well... characterized.
Synopsis: Your Dark God is a reimagining of the second game — with many of the author's own WMGs thrown in. In her 'verse, James can create monsters, Pyramid Head's role/relationship is confusing yet fitting as you will see.
Comments: This has to be one of the more under-appreciated fictions ever to exist in the fandom. This isn't quite slash, but it if you are a slasher, this will not disappoint. The only thing I will note that the first few paragraphs which follow the actual game events can be a bit over-familiar to long-time fans, but stick around and you won't be sorry to see how dreamerchaos' ficverse comes together.
Synopsis: Embracing Death is the first in a long series of fics that go from an alternate ending of the fourth game as imagined by the author. It's a beautifully constructed series that better fleshes out some of the characters and does them justice; especially since it explores Henry's character in-depth and explains why he is the way he is. The series follows Henry and Walter's relationship as they gradually grow closer and eventually become a couple before introducing a larger arc involving the Cult and its plans for the future.
Comments: One of the most underappreciated fics for the entire fandom. It's beautifully written and atmospheric, but also does the characters a lot of justice. The first one might be a little bit of a retread of the fourth game, but as the fics go on they build more and more on the universe that the author is trying to create all the while introducing new characters and arcs. It does justice to each of the characters and gives a few of them some new life and making Henry a very believable and sympathetic character.
Synopsys: Conclusion of the author's four part post-SH 2 slash story - "In a post-SH 3 world, James and Heather struggle to make sense of what has happened to their lives, and how they can get back what was lost."
Comments: Quite well written. The author has a decent grasp on most of the characters (the most probable exception not appearing in this story), but I'm mostly recommending this one as it's where they finally go back to Silent Hill.
Synopsis: Post Leave ending. After James is convicted of murder and sent to prison, his future doesn't look so bright. Then, a decade later and a year after his release, an old friend comes back to pick up the pieces.
Comments: This is simply a sublime piece of Silent Hill 2Continuation Fic. It doesn't have James returning to Silent Hill or anything like that, but There She Goes is transcendentally Original Flavour in terms of human drama. I defy any fan of the game to not immediatly relate to James' new trials; it's hard not to read his dialog in the voice of his original VA, Guy Cihi. While it uses the game's most "ideal" ending as a jumping-off point, James' life is hardly wine and roses as he attempts to reintegrate himself into society, while making as few personal connections as possible. The story's ending taps into the possibly Accidental Aesop of the original game - that you can, and more importantly, should move on from tragedy and live life on your own terms, at your own pace.
Seconded very much. I stayed up much later than I should finishing the fic, though the fic really isn't all that long. It's got a very strong tone and atmosphere, and while the read is very depressing you can't seem to look away. It's a very melancholy piece of work, but that makes the tentative happy ending all the sweeter. It should be noted that James/Laura is an odd bit of an relationship in that I'm not sure this fic should go under shipping or perhaps family/friendship. It's strongly implied at the beginning that James is attracted to Laura, which is part of the reason why he struggles with allowing her to be part of his life. It's outright confirmed in the next to last chapter that Laura loves James romantically, though it's unclear whether this has developed from her never having anyone else and sort of attaching to him as a guardian(?) and lover or if it's a genuine thing. James himself tells her that her love is a lie, but that might be his refusal to move on with anyone but Mary, and the fact she's just too young and "too good" for him. The ending is open to interpretation, and the idea that they get together is implied pretty vaguely. The ultimate thing is that their happy together, and they'll be happy just being together(whether this is romantic or familial). It's also worth noting that their relationship is handled very very beautifully and is very much worth the read.