Hunger concerns itself with Douglas Brenneman and his fiancée Rosy and takes place over the course of a 12-hour period.
Having once been a top-notch journalist, Douglas has since lost his position and now finds himself a resident of the all-too-perfect town of Silent Hill. Douglas, always the journalist as heart, is consumed with finding the next big story to get him back on top. When a 911 call is made from an abandoned house and the responding officer is murdered, Douglas is determined to make this his next big story. During the course of his search, Silent Hill seems to change before his very eyes — his neighbors begin acting odd and a mysterious man with white hair seems to be following him.
As time passes, events become increasingly more gruesome-- people begin to kill and cannibalize one another, demons populate the skies and streets, and Rosy has disappeared, caught in the madness that grips Silent Hill. Douglas, finding Rosy working as the town librarian and unfamiliar with him, finds a file while trying to speak to his love. From the file, Douglas learns of a Dr. Aickmann practicing out of Brookhaven Hospital, who has taken to kidnapping fertile women in the hopes of using them as "broodmares", as Douglas puts it, for a multitude of otherworldly denizens. Having gone to Brookhaven to hear Aickmann's tale, Douglas prepares to kill the doctor when the mysterious, white-haired stalker, known as Whately, makes himself and his intentions known to Douglas.
Whately, an apparent member of the Order and herald of Samael, informs Douglas that Silent Hill will serve as a staging point for an incursion of god-like beings from another plane of existence. Douglas is told that his role in this madness will be as a chronicler, and is tasked with writing of the events that are occurring in Silent Hill as he and Whately converse, in what will be titled The Book of Samael. Everyone has a story to tell, says Whately, and Douglas has been chosen to tell the Order's. Branding the journalist with the Brand of Samael, Whatley gives Douglas the chance to leave Silent Hill. If he chooses to, the brand will keep him safe from harm, so that he may fulfill his duty. People will think his tales of Silent Hill insane, but he is most assuredly sane, Whately says, and what is happening in the town is real. He may also stay, to forever be with his love, Rosy.
Choosing to stay, Douglas falls to Rosy's feet. She then transforms and rips his throat out.