Silent Hill, a town as clouded in fog as it is in secrets.  The puritanist cult The Order founded the town of Silent Hill, worshipping a God who thrives on human sacrifices.  In the movie a bastard child, Alessa, is burned in a human sacrifice to “purify” her, but when her restraints are compromised the pyre is knocked over setting fire to the church and ultimately the whole town.

In game play, Silent Hill is a rural town in the Northeastern United States.  The main character in each game either stumbles into the town by freak accident or willingly enters while searching for someone.  For each character Silent Hill becomes the sinister tangible manifestation of their subconscious, their fears, their guilt, their memories, and their emotional states.

Silent Hill has many influences from ancient folklore to modern horror stories.  One of the lesser known influences, but a very interesting one, is the modern ghost town of Centralia, Pennsylvania.

Centralia was an extremely small coal mining town, their population reaching its highest population in 1890 with 2,761 residents.  A fire started in an underground mine beneath the town in 1962, the specific cause of the fire remains unknown, though there are many theories.  The fire continues to burn to this day, literally releasing toxic smoke and gas from the ground into the town.  As of 2010 Centralia had only 10 remaining residents.