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The Silent Hill Slash LJ Community and Silent Hill Fics

  • Recommended by zipzip
  • Obviously there's always The Silent Hill Slash LJ Community and there's also the more gen oriented Silent Hill Fics LJ Community but sh_slash updates much faster.

Alba Aulbath

  • Recommended by zipzip
  • This troper readily suggests everything written by Alba Aulbath. Warning: Adult.


  • Recommended by zipzip
  • One of the greats— if you're still not satisfied, try reading her Resident Evil fics. Warning: Adult.


  • Recommended by zipzip
  • One of my favorites authors is chaosdreamer. Warning: Adult.

    General Fics 
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: Survival by PD 123

  • Recommended by Teslashark
  • Status: Complete
  • Synopsis: A group of survivors hid in an apartment building and defend themselves against monsters, and they have a pretty good idea of what is going on outside. Only that they don't know they are trapped in... Silent Hill.
  • Comments: Despair-inducing, a story about being Wrong Genre Savvy.

Silent Hill: Praying in Vain by hauntedheadnc

  • Recommended by Extraintrovert
  • Status: Complete
  • 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.

A Stray Child / You're Not Here by Stinkbomber

  • Status: Complete
  • 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.

Silent Hill 4: Introspection by D. Natali

  • Recommended by Arktos,l Rev 6 Pilot
  • Status: Complete
  • Synopsis: A 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.

Save Point: Hell Is Repetition by Patrick Phelan

  • Recommended by Kchasm and somebody else
  • Status: Complete
  • Synopsis: Like somebody's groping through my mind... (Silent Hill 2 one-shot)
  • Comments: I have never read a piece of fiction quite like this one. Never has the act of repeating oneself been so ominous or sinister. Also, some very good use of dramatic irony.

Unmuted Hill by Red Arkanz

  • Recommended by mimichan3
  • Vanished from the internet. Please post a link if found.
  • Synopsis: The characters of Silent Hill meet and become friends. Then they have adventures and stuff.
  • Comments: It starts as a surprisingly well-done insight into the beginning portion of SH 2, then leaps out of nowhere into a gut-bustingly funny crack fic. One of the best to me, but YMMV.

Silent Hill by Aeris Gainsborough and X-treme

  • Recommended by OrpheumZero
  • Status: Complete
  • 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.

Atonement by Feriku

  • Recommended by REV 6 Pilot
  • Status: Complete.
  • 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.

Letter from Silent Hill by Ryan M. Usher.

  • Recommended by Aranamor
  • Status: Complete with a rewrite.
  • 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.

Silent Hill: Promise by Greer-the-raven

  • Recommended by Manifest
  • Has its own Tropes Page
  • Status: Completed Halloween 2019 - interactive comic with a short, concluding game.
  • 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 Sleuth', 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.

Gravity by Katanisk

  • Recommended by Null
  • Status: Ongoing
  • Synopsis: Before James can leave the home he and Mary shared behind for good, there are wrongs to right and memories to unearth. Contained within is one last snag: what is he supposed to do with Laura? Set directly after the Leave Ending, but contains heavy implications of In Water.
  • Comments: Pretty well done continuation fic, with the author's portrayal of James' deteriorated state deserving credit. The pacing can be slow, but the atmosphere generated by the flashbacks to James' life before and during Mary's illness is fairly strong; with the elaboration upon his relationship with his father standing out in particular. The interaction with Laura and visceral flashbacks to the ordeals of Silent Hill itself really help this piece feel like a tangible expansion on the game's characters and scenario, rather than either a tired re-iteration or disconnected vignette.''

Voices by HappyLeech

  • Recommended by Sean Devine
  • Status: Complete
  • Synopsis: He didn't even know where he was going, but at least he knew WHY he was in Silent Hill
  • Comments: An interesting little story that looks into Eddie's mentality and thought process during the events of Silent Hill 2

Sympathy by benignmilitancy

  • Recommended by Sean Devine
  • Status: Complete
  • Synopsis: Two sufferers cross paths.
  • Comments: A short fic exploring a possible conversation between Angela and Eddie.

Soft Reset by SisterWives

  • Recommended by Vandereer
  • Vanished from the internet. Please post a link if found.
  • Synopsis: Dead people can't write letters, corpses can't laugh, and those who don't learn from past mistakes are doomed to repeat them.
  • Comments: A wonderfully creepy multi-chapter fic, each one exploring the different endings of Silent Hill 2. At the time of writing this, In Water, Rebirth and Maria have been covered. This author is very good at making the same repetitive scenes sound different while becoming increasingly unsettling. Boy those odd corpses lying around town look a lot like James...

Muting Silent Hill, by Kyn

  • Recommended by: kitsune693
  • Status: Hiatus/Dormant
  • Synopsis: When Valtiel shows up on Heather's ceiling eight years later, her mental state actually improves. Which is hard to explain to the other survivors. But when the cult comes calling for her, Heather will need to find the strength to commandeer a much less friendly Executioner if she's to burn the town and save what remains of her family.
  • Tags: Mature, Character Death, Graphic (As to be expected from this series)
  • Comments: This fic is looooong 75 chapters with more to come (hopefully). Pretty much every protagonist from the games plus several side characters are here and written incredibly well. Plus you'll get you're fill of two of the more famous Silent Hill monsters, Valtiel and Pyramid Head.

    Shipping Fics 
Stories focused on the romantic relationships between the cast.

Keeping Count by Alba Aulbath

  • Recommended by zipzip90
  • Status: Complete
  • Pairing: Harry/Kauffman
  • 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.

Your Dark God by Dreamerchaos

  • Recommended by zipzip90
  • Status: Complete
  • Pairings: Pyramid Head/James
  • 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.

Embracing Death by Sulhadahne

  • Recommended by twilightscribe
  • Status: Complete
  • Pairings: Walter/Henry; later James/Pyramid Head and Heather Valtiel
  • 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.

Return to the Shadows by KatieByHerself

  • Recommended by Tony Branston
  • Status: Complete
  • Pairings: Harry/James
  • Synopsis: 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.

There She Goes by Saint Sentiment

  • Recommended by Beary Scary
  • Status: Complete
  • Pairings: James/Laura, Henry/Eileen
  • 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 2 Continuation 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 immediately 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 a 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.

Three Women by Saint Sentiment

  • Recommended by Sean Devine
  • Status: Complete
  • Pairings: James/Angela
  • Synopsis: James' attempt to save Angela, who falls off the edge of reality quite often, treads into forbidden terrain.
  • Comments: Takes place in an AU where James managed to talk down Angela from the burning stairway. After returning from Silent Hill, James and Angela soon start to develop a disturbing and unhealthy relationship.

    Crossover Fics 
Fanfiction that combines elements, characters, etc. from two or more different franchises.

Bird by Racheakt.

  • Crossover/Merging of Silent Hill and Worm
  • Recommended by: Twotonetopper
  • Status: Ongoing
  • Synopsis:
    "Nobody likes it here. About one in every five doctors might be here to help the patients, the rest are here to study the patients.
    But you know what? You need this, we all need this. We have to try. It’s not going to be easy, it's not going to be pleasant. It's not going to be fun, or about making friends; or even, hell, escaping—though all of those might happen. Who knows?
    Being here is about one thing, and it’s the most important thing of all: ''getting better’’ ."
  • Comments: Taylor spending her first months following her trigger in Alchemilla Asylum for Parahumans. A very different story when compared to Wildbow's. Heartwarming and horrifying in turns.

See Me in Silent Hill by The Samurai Prince

  • Recommended by bbb35
  • Status: Ongoing
  • Crossover with: Gravity Falls
  • Synopsis: He has to find her...who knows where she could be. The letter told her to find her in a town called Silent Hill. What is she doing there? she really there? Will he finally be able to see her again?

Survival Horror in Short Skirts by lazytiger

    Dark Fiction 
Stories focused on making the series darker, and/or exploring the darker aspects of the series.

Supplanter by Knick Knack

Impaired by Gaia Faye

  • Recommended by Madame_Newbie
  • Synopsis:The Holy Mother is not yet empowered, and for a certain sacrament, death is not the end. SH 4, post '21 Sacraments' ending. Contains semiSLASH.
  • Status: Complete.
  • Comments: A continuation fic that takes place after the 21 Sacraments Ending of Silent Hill 4. Henry Townshend is resurrected following his death on Walter's hand. Even though Walter has finished the 21 Sacraments, the Ascent is incomplete. Blinded and now a Humanoid Abomination, Henry must find a way to prevent the Apocalypse. It contains a very one sided Walter/Henry. Heather Mason appears in the later chapter, to join forces with Henry. Despite it containing slash, it focuses more on the The Order's attempts to resurrect God and how the Sacraments is affecting the outside world. The writing is superb and keeps ones on their toes.
    • Has a one-shot spin-off by Rirren for those looking for their slash fix: Sacrifice.

despair and die by bachmanroad

  • Recommended by Queen-Roger
  • Synopsis: The Receiver of Wisdom takes his place in Walter's fold.
  • Status: Complete.
  • Comments: Another post 21 sacraments ending fic. It explores Henry and the other characters existence as ghosts.

    Alternate Universe Fics 
Stories where one fundamental aspect of the series is completely overhauled from its point of origin.

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    Crack Fics 
Just plain weird stories.

Quiet Hill 4: Not Another Parody by Slap Dash

  • Recommended by mimichan3
  • Status: Dead
  • Synopsis: Follow Henry as he blunders his way through an assortment of wacky worlds in an attempt to escape from his room, all the while disrespecting and being disrespected by everyone he meets!
  • Comments: An incredibly witty spoof of Silent Hill 4, with loads of shout outs to the previous games! Shame that the author hasn't updated in awhile...