Silent Hill 2: The Novel is a novelization of Silent Hill 2, written by Sadamu Yamashita and containing illustrations by Masahiro Ito. It is written in Japanese and was translated into English by Lady Ducky.
For the most part, the novelization could be seen as canon since it's a rather faithful novelization of Silent Hill 2 and doesn't really contract anything from the game. It also delves deeper into the backstories of many of the characters.
The front cover uses the cover from the Japanese version of Silent Hill 2.
The back cover reads:
- He received a letter from his beloved wife. A woman who had died three years ago. "I'll be waiting for you in our ‘special place’." Could Mary really be waiting in Silent Hill? In this town that holds far too many memories? There are many suspicious people there; including Maria, a mysterious woman who resembles his late wife. A red demon restlessly looms in the shadows. Can James discover the truth in Silent Hill? What message is his wife trying to send from beyond the grave?
The page opposite to the table of contents bears this dedication: "To Mary".
Novel and game differences
- The novel has a short prologue with Eddie and Laura.
- In the novelization, during James's and Angela's first meeting, James literally just walks away, which could be seen as rude.