The Silent End is a horror novel by Samuel Sattin and published by Ragnarok Publications.
In a mist-covered town in the Pacific Northwest three teenagers find themselves pitted against an unearthly menace that dwells beneath the foundations of their high school...
Eberstark is an outcast and he's tired of pretending everything is fine. His mother disappeared almost a year ago after a long battle with depression. His father is conducting experiments and running around town in the middle of night with a mysterious man known only as The Hat, ranting to Eberstark about beasts no one else can see.
Then on Halloween night, Eberstark, alongside his only friends Lexi and Gus, discovers something in the woods to challenge his father's apparent insanity: a wounded monster. Rather than stir the town into a frenzy, the three friends hide the creature and are pulled into a web of conspiracy, dream-logic, and death. Faced down by living trucks, mirror-dwelling psychopaths, and hellish entities who lurk behind friendly faces, Eberstark, Lexi, and Gus find themselves battling to save not just themselves, but the soul of their quiet little town.
- Abusive Parents: Eberstark's father is a complete bastard to him.
- Action Girl: Lexi aspires to be one but is more an Action Survivor due to her age.
- Adult Fear: That your spouse will disappear and you're the only one who cares.
- Adults Are Useless: A Justified trope as they're either driven insane or killed by the horror afflicting the town.
- Animate Inanimate Object: Played for horror rather than humor or fun.
- Applied Phlebotinum: The goop can bring to life inanimate objects among other properties. It's also alive in a way which is only visible underneath a magnifying glass and is made of people.
- Ax-Crazy: Eberstark's father is completely insane.
- Bittersweet Ending: They successfully free the women captured and tormented by their captors but Eberstark's father is dead and it doesn't erase all the suffering they went through.
- Bizarro Fiction: This is a very-very weird book.
- Body Horror: The book is absolutely filled with this.
- Blue and Orange Morality: The Hat operates on this as do many of the other nonhuman characters.
- Bystander Syndrome: With the exception of Eberstark's father, no one tries to do anything about the 'monsters.'
- Companion Cube: The Hat is one of these. Despite being alive and animate.
- Cosmic Horror Story: It's about halfway between Stephen King and Lovecraft even if the villain is human.
- Crapsaccharine World: Mossglow appears to be the kind of place where you can make a good living enjoying the peace and quiet of country life. It's actually a nightmarish dream-logic land where women are in particular danger and no one does anything about it.
- Dark Is Not Evil: Played with. Some of the creations of the goop are horrific and malevolent while others are helpful. All of them seem to be operate on Blue and Orange Morality, though.
- Dropped a Bridge on Him: Characters can and will die randomly with seemingly no rhyme or reason in horrifying ways.
- Eldritch Abomination: The goop creates a seeming endless amount of these.
- Eldritch Location: Mossglow becomes increasingly clear as one of these.
- The Extremist Was Right: Subverted. Eberstark's father is entirely correct in his belief monsters afflict the town. All of his efforts and plans, however, have no ability to deal with the problem. They're simply to make him feel better about having failed to protect his wife.
- Friend to All Living Things: Eberstark and company's reaction to finding a wounded monster? Befriend it.
- Halloween Episode: Most of the events take place in or around Halloween.
- Human Resources: What the women are being kidnapped to be.
- Incompatible Orientation: Lexi turns out to be a lesbian.
- Knight Templar Parent: Eberstark's father is abusive, cruel, and extremely well-prepared.
- Magical Realism: Falls between this and pure horror.
- No Woman's Land: The town has a horrible history of women disappearing. Because they're being kidnapped to become part of a Body Horror Magitech construct.
- Only Sane Man: Eberstark, Gus, and Lexi seem to be the only people who recognize how horrifying their town is. Other people do but they have a tendency to die horribly.
- Ridiculously Average Guy: Eberstark is thoroughly normal, which makes him extremely abnormal in Mossglow.
- Right-Wing Militia Fanatic: Eberstark's father checks most of the boxes despite his militia being him and the Hat.
- Ship Sinking: Eberstark and Lexi with one causal line from the latter revealing his crush was always misguided.
- Stepford Suburbia: Absolutely no one acknowledges there's something horribly wrong going on in Mossglow.
- Town with a Dark Secret: Mossglow has a LOT of dark secrets.
- Two Guys and a Girl: Eberstark, Gus, and Lexi.
- Unusually Uninteresting Sight: A major source of the book's horror. People just shrug off absolutely nightmarish and horrifying events.