My Journey To Centralia, The American Ghost Town That Inspired The Silent Hill Franchise

It turns out that my posts about strange places I have visited are far more popular than posts about my misbegotten novels, so I’ve decided to give people what they want. Following in the footsteps of the post about my trip to Prypiat/Chernobyl and Cesky Krumlov, here is a chronicle of my trip to Centralia, Pennsylvania.

It’s a place you probably haven’t heard of before, but the curse that fell upon this now abandoned town is the story that inspired the creators of the Silent Hill series of video games* and movies. Want to know what happened? The story is told below, through the captions in these pictures. Like Chernobyl, the story of Centralia is one we all know–it is the story of the folly of man. Click on the pictures below to embiggen them and get the full story.

*Turns out that it only inspired the movie.

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One response to “My Journey To Centralia, The American Ghost Town That Inspired The Silent Hill Franchise

  1. Angela Yuriko Smith

    Wow… I never saw Silent Hill but now I want to. What a neat place to visit! Great post!

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