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The book on the shelf.

For the graffiti found in the bathroom, see Leonard Rhine, "The Monster Lurks".
For the version of this memo found in Silent Hill: Origins, see Manifestations of Delusions (Origins).

"The Monster Lurks" is a book found by Harry Mason in the library reserve of Midwich Elementary School. The book contains the excerpt "Manifestation of Delusions".[1]


The book is sitting open on a shelf in the 2F library reserve.

In order to read the book, the player must find the writing on the wall in the first floor boys' bathroom. Otherwise, Harry will comment that there are "no useful books" while trying to examine it.


What's this?
"The Monster Lurks" is the book's title.

Chapter 3:
"Manifestation of Delusions"
...Poltergeists are among these. Negative emotions, like fear, worry or stress manifest into external energy with physical effects. Nightmares have, in some cases, been shown to trigger them. However, such phenomena do not appear to happen to just anyone. Although it's not clear why, adolescents, especially girls, are prone to such occurrences.

What is this...?
The title of the book is... "A Monster Lies Dormant".

◊ Chapter 3: Manifestation of Delusions
Likewise, poltergeists are also thought to be in this category. Negative emotions, such as severe anxiety, fear, and stress, are able to manifest as external energy with physical effects. It has even been confirmed to occur during sleep in some cases, seemingly triggered by nightmares. This phenomena, however, cannot be manifested by most people. These abilities are largely innate and occur most commonly in adolescent children, especially young girls.




The book appears to be used as a red herring, pointing the player toward Cheryl Mason. However, the book is a more accurate portrayal of Alessa Gillespie, who has yet to be introduced at the time of the book's discovery. Alessa is able to manifest the monsters from her nightmares as a result of her agitated state of mind.[2]


  1. Lost Memories: Silent Hill Chronicle, Materials for solve, SILENT HILL (pg.114-115).
  2. Silent Hill Official Guidebook (Complete Edition), The Truth Behind The Town (Story Secrets Q&A) (pg.121-127).


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