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Dahlia Gillespie
Dahlia in Silent Hill
39 (Origins)
46 (Silent Hill)

Cause of death
Immolated by Incubus
Hair color
Gray (Silent Hill)
Brown (Origins)
Eye color
High priestess and Leader of the Order
Owner of Green Lion Antiques
Silent Hill
Silent Hill: Play Novel
Silent Hill 3 (mentioned)
Silent Hill 4: The Room (mentioned)
Silent Hill: Origins

Voice actor
Liz Mamorsky (Silent Hill)
Laurence Bouvard (Origins)
"Dahlia" refers to multiple subjects. See Dahlia for more uses.
The time is nigh. Everyone will be released from pain and suffering. Our salvation is at hand. This is the day of reckoning. When all our sorrows will be washed away. When we return to the true paradise! My daughter will be the mother of God!
—Dahlia Gillespie to Harry Mason

Dahlia Gillespie is a character in Silent Hill, its Play Novel, the film of the same name, and its subsequent sequel. Dahlia also appears in the game's prequel, Silent Hill: Origins, and is re-imagined in Silent Hill: Shattered Memories.

She is one of the series' first antagonists and is responsible for most of the terrible events that have occurred in Silent Hill. Dahlia is the leader of the Order, a cult that worships its own god, and is the abusive mother of Alessa Gillespie.


Dahlia wears a ceremonial dress and headdress with a red and black striped tie, and always seems to be barefoot. Dahlia is the proprietor of the Green Lion Antiques store in Central Silent Hill. It is also rumored that she has a side business of magic spells and fortune-telling to her customers.

Alessa's presence has summoned poltergeist activity since she was a child. These disturbances, along with Alessa's latent telekinetic abilities, branded her as a witch by her classmates. Dahlia knew of her daughter's powers, and surmised they were linked to the dark "God" which the Order worshiped. Hoping to "birth" her God through Alessa, Dahlia used occult-like rituals to impregnate her. One of these rituals resulted in a house fire, with Alessa trapped inside. Although the fire was ruled an accident, Alessa was left completely disfigured from the resultant burns.

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Dahlia watching over her daughter.

Through the use of a magical incantation invoked by her mother, Alessa lingered despite her fatal injuries and was placed in the care of Dr. Michael Kaufmann, a cult affiliate. While the constant torture of her wounds helped refine Alessa's reality-bending powers, she had resisted being used as a container for the 'God', and her soul split in two halves, using a form of bilocation in order to escape her torture. Her other form, a newborn, was discovered by Harry Mason and his wife, who named her Cheryl and raised her as their own.

At some point over the course of her captivity, Alessa overheard a conversation about a "special visitor" she was to receive, and became aware of her mother's intent to still carry out her plan to use her to "birth" the God. Alessa realized that for however long she continued to live, this remained a possibility. Knowing that Cheryl held the other half of her power, Alessa summoned her telepathically back to Silent Hill so she could end her life and prevent the God's birth.

During this time, Kaufmann grew impatient after waiting for the return he had been promised (wealth, presumably) for his role in the conspiracy, leading to a falling out with Dahlia. Kaufmann stashed vials of Aglaophotis, a chemical capable of "aborting" the demon in Alessa and ending Dahlia's plans, in case she ever turned on him.

Beyond her involvement in Silent Hill and Silent Hill 3, Dahlia has also been given connection to the serial killer Walter Sullivan. When he was just a young boy, he was told by Dahlia that his mother was "asleep" in Ashfield. Throughout the diary entries in the Forest World, Walter wrote of an important lady named Dahlia. Further connection of Dahlia and Walter can be found in the Wish House Orphanage just before the death of Jasper Gein, where Henry Townshend can find a note asking if Alessa has been found and also requesting a report of Walter's progress that is supposedly involved with the 21 Sacraments and the hastening of God's arrival.

Dahlia also knew Claudia Wolf when Claudia was a child. Vincent Smith claims Claudia was "totally brainwashed" by Dahlia. Dahlia also possibly knew Claudia's father, Leonard Wolf.

Silent Hill: Origins


Dahlia Gillespie in Silent Hill: Origins.

Silent Hill: Origins is a prequel to the first game. When Travis Grady sees the burning Gillespie House, he sees a younger Dahlia near the house, who slinks away.

She appears later in the game in the Cedar Grove Sanitarium, telling Travis to quit his quest to help her daughter. As well, she fully admits to burning her daughter.

After Travis explores Alchemilla Hospital, she appears to him just before Alessa unleashes all her power on Silent Hill. When Travis reaches the ritual room in Green Lion Antiques, her voice is heard along with Kaufmann's.

During the Good ending, she and Dr. Kaufmann plot to return the young, pure baby to Silent Hill. Dahlia states that she will use a summoning spell to compel Cheryl to reunite with her other half, Alessa.

Silent Hill


Dahlia in the Balkan Church.

Dahlia meets Harry Mason in Balkan Church, likely to trick him into believing she is a Christian and not a cultist. Dahlia gives him the Flauros and tells him to make haste to the hospital. She gives hints to Harry throughout the game of where he might find his daughter. She also confides that the town is being devoured by darkness. During the game, seals are carved throughout the town, and Dahlia refers to them as the "Mark of Samael". She tells Harry that if all of the seals are complete, all is lost and, "Even in daytime, darkness will cover the sun, the dead will walk and martyrs will burn in the fires of hell. Everyone will die!"

Dahlia emerges a second time in Alchemilla Hospital and impatiently tells Harry that he is wasting time. Dahlia came to Alchemilla Hospital to ransack Kaufmann's office and destroy his sample of Aglaophotis. Fortunately for Kaufmann, he had another vial located in a motorcycle. If Harry decides to save Kaufmann from a monster attack in Annie's Bar, Kaufmann immediately heads off to retrieve this other vial.

She appears a third time to both Harry and Cybil Bennett, on a boat, where she commands them to destroy the final two seals: one at the Lighthouse, one at Lakeside Amusement Park.

As the player uncovers evidence, it gradually becomes evident that Dahlia is hiding her true motives and is actually responsible for demons overrunning the town. She is the leader of Silent Hill's cult, which is devoted to engineering the birth of their god. Although Dahlia envisions a "Paradise", the benevolence of the cult's deity is in doubt. Adding to the urgency of Dahlia's mission is the Mark of Samael, a mystical crest which Alessa is allegedly inscribing throughout the town. The function and meaning of the symbol is unexplained, but Dahlia is most anxious to capture Alessa before she can create any more.


Dahlia with the Incubator.

In the finale, Harry has become completely removed from reality. Dahlia waits with Alessa in a void at the edge of the Otherworld, known as "Nowhere", a reflection of Alessa's memories. When Harry finally reaches Dahlia, Cheryl and Alessa have merged and she attempts to explain their connection, although her cryptic speech frustrates Harry. She later confesses that the talisman Alessa is using does not belong to Samael, but to Metatron. Dahlia fully intends for Harry to survive, despite Alessa using her reality-bending powers to hinder his progress. In that sense, Harry is Dahlia's pawn. Dahlia prepares the ritual.


Incubus sets Dahlia on fire.

At this point, the player's actions affect the outcome of the scene, although Dahlia's fate is the same. If Harry didn't save Kaufmann in the bar, Alessa morphs into her Incubator boss form and sets Dahlia on fire. If Kaufmann lives, he appears unexpectedly and shoots Dahlia with a revolver. He then throws his vial of Aglaophotis at Alessa, which shatters and causes her to mutate into the Incubus. Wounded, but still living, Dahlia is then set aflame by the demon and dies, almost as a sort of karmic justice for burning her own daughter.

Other appearances

Silent Hill: Shattered Memories


Dahlia Mason in Shattered Memories.

Main article: Dahlia Mason

Dahlia's appearance and background is drastically altered in Silent Hill: Shattered Memories, instead appearing to Harry Mason as his lover and then wife.

Silent Hill film


Dahlia Gillespie in the Silent Hill film.

Main article: Dahlia Gillespie (film)

Dahlia appears in the Silent Hill film and Silent Hill: Revelation. She retains her role as a member of a fanatical cult and the mother of Alessa, but with her motives switched.

This version of Dahlia loves Alessa, but she allows her sister Christabella to trick her into letting the Brethren "purify" Alessa. To Dahlia's horror, this turns out to mean they intend to have her child burned alive. As punishment for failing Alessa, Dahlia is dragged into the Otherworld, where she is forced to watch her daughter's murderous rage manifest itself.

Creator's comment

She is named after a former wife of film director Dario Argento. Argento has made many horror movies, like Suspiria, and is a master of the genre.


  • "I've been expecting you. It was foretold by Gyromancy. I knew you'd come. You want the girl, right? I see everything."
  • "Stay back! Nothing is to be gained from floundering about at random. You must follow the path of the hermit concealed by Flauros."
  • "This is beyond my abilities. Only you can stop it now."
  • "Darkness. The town is being devoured by darkness! Strength must overcome petty desire, childish sleep talk! I knew this day would come..."
  • "The Demon is awakening!"
  • "To seal this town to the abyss, the mark of Samael. When it's completed, all is lost. Even in daytime, darkness will cover the sun, the dead will walk and martyrs will burn in the fires of hell. Everyone will die!"
  • "You've been a ghastly little pest, haven't you Alessa? I was careless thinking you couldn't escape from our spell. But mommy didn't realize how much you'd grown. That's why I couldn't catch you by myself."
  • "This is the end of your little game."
  • "The other half is not lost. We'll use a magic spell. Hearing this child's pain, it is sure to come."
  • "Come! Come along! Do what mommy tells you now. I just want you to lend me a teeny bit of your power. That's all. It will make everyone happy and it's for your own good, too."
  • "Herein lies the mother's womb, containing the power to create life. I could've done it all myself."
  • "This is a God! Descended among us to reach out and save us!"
  • "Alessa is with those who care for her. Do not trust her, Travis. She does not know what she is doing."
  • "The world is stranger than you think."
  • "You want out? Far too late for that. Even with your misguided help, she can't stop us now. The ceremony begins soon. Finally, she will birth God! Here she comes. Look upon what you have wrought!"
  • "Leave it be. It is a cage for a demon. Contained, his power will focus yours. Release him, and we will all burn in the fires of Hell."


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Dahlia, in what appears to be a temple.

  • A character named Parkins Gillespie appears in Stephen King's novel 'Salem's Lot. Given the influence King's works has had on the series, he may have inspired Dahlia's surname.
  • In the opening video of the game, Dahlia appears to be running away from something in a temple, though it is unknown exactly what she was running from.
  • Dahlia's character and personality frequently change throughout the Silent Hill franchise, more than any other character. Almost every new interpretation of Dahlia is separate from the last. In the original game as well as Origins, she was a religious zealot, whereas in the film, she was a sympathetic victim of the Brethren. In Shattered Memories, she was completely re-imagined as Harry's wife/Cheryl's mother. No other character has been so drastically altered both physically and emotionally between different installments of the series.
  • Dahlia says that she used gyromancy to foretell Harry's involvement in Silent Hill. This is most likely a lie, as she set the events in motion, but if it were true, perhaps she was adept in black magic.
  • In the scene at the end of Silent Hill where she announces the birth of Samael, there is a typo in the subtitles, spelling "neigh" instead of "nigh".
  • In Silent Hill 3, Vincent tells Heather Mason (the reincarnation of Alessa) about Dahlia and that "she is your mother". This is corrected in the Silent Hill HD Collection as "she "was" your mother".
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SILENT HILL 3 confession at the chapel

Heather/Alessa speaks to the Confessor.

  • It is possible that the Confessor in Silent Hill 3 is meant to be Dahlia. Their voices are different. However, it may be possible that the character was supposed to be a spiritual manifestation of Dahlia, but the developers of Silent Hill 3 couldn't get Liz Mamorsky back and were forced to use another voice actor, Lenne Hardt, instead. Her "poor murdered daughter" could be Alessa Gillespie, and the "girl whose life I have taken" could be Cheryl Mason. Perhaps part of Dahlia's soul and spirit remained in the Otherworld for 17 years, and after being in a "purgatory" for so long, she has finally realized the errors of her ways and begs for Alessa's/God's forgiveness.
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The teddy bear.

  • In the Alice Darling Memorial Playground of Silent Hill: Shattered Memories, a teddy bear can be seen in a dumpster wearing the same striped tie Dahlia wore in the original Silent Hill.
  • In Silent Hill: Downpour, when protagonist Murphy Pendleton is practically forced to ride the Devil's Train in order to continue through the Devil's Pit Mine, he hears the recorded history of the mines. It was established in 1816 by a company known as Gillespie Iron & Coal, implying Dahlia's actual family history within the town.


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Major Characters
Harry Mason - Cheryl Mason - Alessa Gillespie - Dahlia Gillespie - Lisa Garland - Cybil Bennett - Michael Kaufmann
Other Characters
Jodie Mason - Heather Mason - K. Gordon - Greys - Norman Young
Air Screamer - Bloodsucker - Creeper - Floatstinger - Grey Child - Groaner - Hanged Scratcher - Incubator - Incubus - Larval Stalker - Mumbler - Night Flutter - Parasite - Puppet Cybil Bennett - Puppet Doctor - Puppet Nurse - Romper - Split Head - Stalker - Twinfeeler - Wormhead
Chainsaw - Handgun - Hyper Blaster - Katana - Knife - Pipe - Rifle - Rock Drill - Shotgun - Hammer - Axe
Alchemilla Hospital - Annie's Bar - Balkan Church - Boat - Cafe 5to2 - Central Silent Hill - Dog House - Gillespie House - Green Lion Antiques - Hell Gas Station - Indian Runner - Lakeside Amusement Park - Levin Street - Lighthouse - Midwich Elementary School - Norman's Motel - Nowhere - Old Silent Hill - Orridge Bridge Control Room - Queen Burger - Resort Area - Sewers - Silent Hill Police Station - Silent Hill Town Center - Toluca Lake
Flashlight - Fog World - God - Map - Metatron - Monster - Otherworld - Paradise - PTV - Radio - Real World - Siren - The Order - Manifestation - Seal of Metatron - UFO Ending
Items - Keys - Memos - Puzzles - Soundtrack - Secrets and Unlockables
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Major Characters
Travis Grady - Richard Grady - Helen Grady - Alessa Gillespie - Dahlia Gillespie - Michael Kaufmann - Lisa Garland
Other Characters
Harry Mason - Jodie Mason - Cheryl Mason - Mira - Greys
Alessa's Dream - Ariel - Butcher - Caliban - Carrion - Faceless Nurse - Momma - Remnant - Sad Daddy - Straightjacket - Two-Back
Alcohol Bottle - Baton - Broken Pole - Crate - Drip Stand - Fire Axe - Filing Cabinet - Great Cleaver - Hammer - Handgun - Hand-to-Hand - Iron Weights - Jagged Wood - Katana - Knife - Light Stand - Meat Cleaver - Meat Gaff - Meat Hook - Moon Gauntlets - Pitchfork - Poker - Pool Cue - Portable TV - Razor - Revolver - Rifle - Scalpel - Screwdriver - Shotgun - Shovel - Spear - Tesla Rifle - Tire Iron - Toaster - Toolbox - Typewriter - Wrench
Alchemilla Hospital - Andy's Books - Artaud Theater - Cedar Grove Sanitarium - Central Silent Hill - General Store - Gillespie House - Green Lion Antiques - Greenfield Apartments - Lumber Yard - Nowhere - Public Records Office - Riverside Motel - The Family Butcher
Flashlight - Fog World - Map - Mirror - Monster - Otherworld - Radio - Real World - Siren - The Order - Manifestation - UFO Ending - Welcome Sign - Sexuality - Halo of the Sun
Items - Puzzles - Soundtrack - Secrets and Unlockables

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