The tortured existence of the town that supposedly inspired Silent Hill

A new victim of the Silent Hill mythology has been uncovered, and it is neither in the form of a new game or a new movie (thankfully, for the latter at least). A recent addition to The Campo Santo Quarterly Review, a journal curated by the ombudsman of the small yet star-studded game studio of former Telltale talent, details the riveting yet distressing tale of the “the real Silent Hill.” Written by Duncan Fyfe, the article “Survival Horror” focuses on the ruined town of Centralia, PA, the begrudging inspiration for the 2006 film Silent Hill. Though the film was never shot there,…


The Japanese ghost stories that give What Remains of Edith Finch its eeriness

What Remains of Edith Finch is rooted in Japanese horror as much as it is Lovecraftian. That’s why Giant Sparrow, the team behind the game, is pretty happy with its localized title over in Japan: ????????????????? or, translated back to English, What Happened at the Strange Estate of the Finch Family. The long name calls to mind some of Lovecraft’s own eerie tales, like A Reminiscence of Dr. Samuel Johnson or the even longer Facts Concerning the Late Arthur Jermyn and His Family. Giant Sparrow also shared a message on the game’s Japanese site, which you can read in English on their blog.…