The titular town of Silent Hill is a gloomy one-time resort town that lies abandoned and derelict, consumed in an ever-present fog. Demonic and disfigured creatures roam the streets and buildings, their appearances usually taking the form of private fears and/or insecurities of whomever witnesses them. The town randomly shifts between everyday reality and a decaying and blood-soaked "Otherworld", where the monsters are more numerous. (Source: Wikipedia)
Silent Hill is pure fiction, while the Ghost Town Gallery website is about real abandoned towns and historic places in the American west. Many of the ghost towns here have a creepy atmosphere but there's nothing horrifying about them.
The Silent Hill movie's screenwriter Roger Avary used the real town of Centralia, Pennsylvania as an inspiration for the town of Silent Hill. In 1962, a fire in a landfill spread to the coal mines underneath Centralia and has burned since then, which forced most inhabitants to leave forever.
Our links page features web sites on Centralia, Pennsylvania.