Katalepsis

Katalepsis

by Hungry

Warning This fiction contains:
  • Gore
  • Profanity
  • Sexual Content
  • Traumatising content

For Heather Morell, nightmares and hallucinations lurk around every corner, relics of schizophrenia and childhood bereavement.

Until she meets Raine and Evelyn, that is — self-proclaimed bodyguard and bad-tempered magician — and learns she’s not insane at all. The spirits and monsters she sees are all too real, the god-thing in her nightmares is teaching her how to surpass human limits, and her twin sister who supposedly never existed could still be alive, somewhere Outside, beyond the walls of reality.

Heather plunges into a world of eldritch magic and fanatic cultists, trying to stay alive, stay sane, and deal with her own blossoming attraction to dangerous women. But being ‘In The Know’ isn’t all terror and danger. Sometimes the monsters wear nice dresses and stick around for afternoon tea. Sometimes you find you have more in common with them than you think. Perhaps this is Heather’s chance to be something more than the defeated husk she’d grown up as, to find real friendship and meaning among things like herself - and perhaps, out there on the rim of the possible, to bring her twin sister back from the dead.

 

Katalepsis is a Ancient Greek word which means ‘comprehension’, or perhaps more accurately, ‘insight’. Katalepsis is a serial web novel about cosmic horror and human fragility, urban fantasy and lesbian romance, set in a sleepy English university town.

New chapters are currently posted once a week, on Saturdays.

This is a Royal Road mirror of Katalepsis' own website, located here, currently updated at the same time with a new chapter every Saturday.

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189 Chapters
Chapter Name Release Date
mind; correlating - 1.1 ago
mind; correlating - 1.2 ago
mind; correlating - 1.3 ago
mind; correlating - 1.4 ago
mind; correlating - 1.5 ago
providence or atoms - 2.1 ago
providence or atoms - 2.2 ago
providence or atoms - 2.3 ago
providence or atoms - 2.4 ago
providence or atoms - 2.5 ago
providence or atoms - 2.6 ago
providence or atoms - 2.7 ago
providence or atoms - 2.8 ago
providence or atoms - 2.9 ago
providence or atoms - 2.10 ago
providence or atoms - 2.11 ago
providence or atoms - 2.12 ago
conditions of absolute reality - 3.1 ago
conditions of absolute reality - 3.2 ago
conditions of absolute reality - 3.3 ago
conditions of absolute reality - 3.4 ago
conditions of absolute reality - 3.5 ago
conditions of absolute reality - 3.6 ago
conditions of absolute reality - 3.7 ago
conditions of absolute reality - 3.8 ago
conditions of absolute reality - 3.9 ago
conditions of absolute reality - 3.10 ago
conditions of absolute reality - 3.11 ago
conditions of absolute reality - 3.12 ago
conditions of absolute reality - 3.13 ago
the other side of nowhere - 4.1 ago
the other side of nowhere - 4.2 ago
the other side of nowhere - 4.3 ago
the other side of nowhere - 4.4 ago
the other side of nowhere - 4.5 ago
the other side of nowhere - 4.6 ago
the other side of nowhere - 4.7 ago
no nook of english ground - 5.1 ago
no nook of english ground - 5.2 ago
no nook of english ground - 5.3 ago
no nook of english ground - 5.4 ago
no nook of english ground - 5.5 ago
no nook of english ground - 5.6 ago
no nook of english ground - 5.7 ago
no nook of english ground - 5.8 ago
and less pleasant places - 6.1 ago
and less pleasant places - 6.2 ago
and less pleasant places - 6.3 ago
and less pleasant places - 6.4 ago
and less pleasant places - 6.5 ago
and less pleasant places - 6.6 ago
and less pleasant places - 6.7 ago
and less pleasant places - 6.8 ago
and less pleasant places - 6.9 ago
that which you cannot put down - 7.1 ago
that which you cannot put down - 7.2 ago
that which you cannot put down - 7.3 ago
that which you cannot put down - 7.4 ago
that which you cannot put down - 7.5 ago
that which you cannot put down - 7.6 ago
that which you cannot put down - 7.7 ago
that which you cannot put down - 7.8 ago
that which you cannot put down - 7.9 ago
that which you cannot put down - 7.10 ago
that which you cannot put down - 7.11 ago
that which you cannot put down - 7.12 ago
that which you cannot put down - 7.13 ago
that which you cannot put down - 7.14 ago
that which you cannot put down - 7.15 ago
covenants without the sword - 8.1 ago
covenants without the sword - 8.2 ago
covenants without the sword – 8.3 ago
covenants without the sword – 8.4 ago
covenants without the sword – 8.5 ago
covenants without the sword – 8.6 ago
nostalgia for infinity - 9.1 ago
nostalgia for infinity – 9.2 ago
nostalgia for infinity – 9.3 ago
nostalgia for infinity – 9.4 ago
nostalgia for infinity – 9.5 ago
nostalgia for infinity – 9.6 ago
nostalgia for infinity – 9.7 ago
nostalgia for infinity – 9.8 ago
nostalgia for infinity – 9.9 ago
nostalgia for infinity – 9.10 ago
nostalgia for infinity – 9.11 ago
nostalgia for infinity – 9.12 ago
nostalgia for infinity – 9.13 ago
by this art you may contemplate - 10.1 ago
by this art you may contemplate – 10.2 ago
by this art you may contemplate – 10.3 ago
by this art you may contemplate – 10.4 ago
by this art you may contemplate – 10.5 ago
by this art you may contemplate – 10.6 ago
by this art you may contemplate – 10.7 ago
by this art you may contemplate – 10.8 ago
by this art you may contemplate – 10.9 ago
by this art you may contemplate – 10.10 ago
nothing more impotent - 11.1 ago
nothing more impotent – 11.2 ago
nothing more impotent – 11.3 ago
nothing more impotent – 11.4 ago
nothing more impotent – 11.5 ago
nothing more impotent – 11.6 ago
nothing more impotent – 11.7 ago
nothing more impotent – 11.8 ago
nothing more impotent – 11.9 ago
nothing more impotent – 11.10 ago
nothing more impotent – 11.11 ago
nothing more impotent – 11.12 ago
nothing more impotent – 11.13 ago
nothing more impotent – 11.14 ago
water of the womb - 12.1 ago
water of the womb – 12.2 ago
water of the womb – 12.3 ago
water of the womb – 12.4 ago
water of the womb – 12.5 ago
water of the womb – 12.6 ago
a very great mischief – 13.1 ago
a very great mischief – 13.2 ago
a very great mischief – 13.3 ago
a very great mischief – 13.4 ago
a very great mischief – 13.5 ago
a very great mischief – 13.6 ago
a very great mischief – 13.7 ago
a very great mischief – 13.8 ago
a very great mischief – 13.9 ago
a very great mischief – 13.10 ago
a very great mischief – 13.11 ago
a very great mischief – 13.12 ago
a very great mischief – 13.13 ago
a very great mischief – 13.14 ago
any mortal thing - 14.1 ago
any mortal thing – 14.2 ago
any mortal thing – 14.3 ago
any mortal thing – 14.4 ago
any mortal thing – 14.5 ago
any mortal thing – 14.6 ago
any mortal thing – 14.7 ago
any mortal thing – 14.8 ago
any mortal thing – 14.9 ago
any mortal thing – 14.10 ago
any mortal thing – 14.11 ago
any mortal thing – 14.12 ago
any mortal thing – 14.13 ago
any mortal thing – 14.14 ago
any mortal thing – 14.15 ago
any mortal thing – 14.16 ago
any mortal thing – 14.17 ago
any mortal thing – 14.18 ago
for the sake of a few sheep - 15.1 ago
for the sake of a few sheep – 15.2 ago
for the sake of a few sheep – 15.3 ago
for the sake of a few sheep – 15.4 ago
for the sake of a few sheep – 15.5 ago
for the sake of a few sheep – 15.6 ago
for the sake of a few sheep – 15.7 ago
for the sake of a few sheep – 15.8 ago
for the sake of a few sheep – 15.9 ago
for the sake of a few sheep – 15.10 ago
for the sake of a few sheep – 15.11 ago
for the sake of a few sheep – 15.12 ago
for the sake of a few sheep – 15.13 ago
for the sake of a few sheep – 15.14 ago
for the sake of a few sheep – 15.15 ago
for the sake of a few sheep – 15.16 ago
for the sake of a few sheep – 15.17 ago
for the sake of a few sheep – 15.18 ago
for the sake of a few sheep – 15.19 ago
and walked a crooked mile - 16.1 ago
and walked a crooked mile – 16.2 ago
and walked a crooked mile – 16.3 ago
and walked a crooked mile – 16.4 ago
and walked a crooked mile – 16.5 ago
and walked a crooked mile – 16.6 ago
and walked a crooked mile – 16.7 ago
and walked a crooked mile – 16.8 ago
and walked a crooked mile – 16.9 ago
pale student of unhallowed arts - 17.1 ago
pale student of unhallowed arts – 17.2 ago
pale student of unhallowed arts – 17.3 ago
pale student of unhallowed arts – 17.4 ago
pale student of unhallowed arts – 17.5 ago
pale student of unhallowed arts - 17.6 ago
pale student of unhallowed arts – 17.7 ago
pale student of unhallowed arts – 17.8 ago
pale student of unhallowed arts – 17.9 ago
pale student of unhallowed arts – 17.10 ago
pale student of unhallowed arts – 17.11 ago

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lulol
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I read it all on the author website. It's dark, it's not grimdark, it's cool, it's cute, it's full of feelings.

I just zoned out for 3 hours, messing my sleep schedules to get to the end of an arc.

It's well writen. All characters are interesting.
I'll follow this.

CinnamonPie
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Incredible story easily in my top 3 best storys on this website. The characters all have tons of personality, insecurities and faults.

The story is very interesting and unique, but it can sometimes be a bit slow.

Cosmic horror and romance are a weird combination, it makes the whole story les bleak. This makes the story feel more like adventure than horror. In my opinion it just works really well.

Sereminar
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 Easily one of the best fictions on this website.  The style is clear and flows well. The characters are all painfully real and well fleshed out. The dialogue feels natural and every character has their own clear voice. The romance is sloppy and fumbling in the best way.  If you are looking for a thrill then this story is for you.

ishner
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A masterwork of broken people rebuilding

Reviewed at: that which you cannot put down - 7.2
This is a story of people who, when faced with horrors beyond proper imagining, have been broken by what they saw. Such is the core of cosmic horror.

BUT, there is more. It is also a story of human resiliency, of picking up the ruined shards of one's soul and carrying on though the shattered edges are sharp enough to cut to the bone.

This story is a masterwork, and there is nothing more to be said.

Filipzajac
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Incredible story.   Love the atmosphere, the characters and especially lozzie. I recommend reading it to anyone searching for something dark but light, scary yet sweet.  I give this recipe 10/10

Vitaly S Alexius
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I discovered this tale of interest through the RR search, going by most page numbers as I enjoy reading books into which the author has poured their soul for many years and unlike many other long books on this list, this one is a true masterpiece, a gemstone unlike any other with a unique world and believable, flawed characters who evolve and improve and grow throughout this series.

For the grammar - superb, no mistakes at all anywhere.

For the style - holy hell, the way the narrator describes infinite spaces or visuals of the monstrosities inhabiting the Outside planes beyond human existence is pure gold, absolutely incredible and fun to digest, observe, imagine and enjoy.

For the characters - each character is compelling in their own way, featuring depths of the past, massive flaws and etc. Their interactions produce juicy drama which is fun to enjoy and doesn't weigh down on the narrative adding to it.

For the plot - The plot flows incredibly well from one event to the other, everything is interconnected, everything matters. Even the side plot such as the fantastic mr fox are absolutely intriguing and fun.

Overall - if you like infinite monstrosities, fractals and original stories this gem is for you! Personally, I coudn't put it down for days on end.

King of One
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I wasn't sure if I was gonna  like this story at first, but my God. The author is a masterful weaver of imagery in a genre that requires extensive imagery to thrive, namely regarding eldrich abominations and other planes of existence. The story is heart wrenching and bulletproof, ironclad. On the whole it read like a professional level novel and even if you aren't into the genre, I highly recommend this. 

Quite frankly this is one of the best stories I have ever had the pleasure of reading and I have read A LOT of stories including titles like The Wheel of Time.

The author has such a firm grasp of the characters that it is almost mind boggling. Each character is completely and utterly unique in a way I would have never expected. Each arc is filled to the brim with anxiety, tension, peril, unmitigated horror and imagery, and just a bit of romance for some girls who badly need it.

Not once was I able to predict the trajectory of the plot despite reading literally thousand of fantasy novels. I stayed up for 18 hours straight reading this when I first discovered it on like page 8 or some ridiculous nonsense of the top rated section. 

I've read the entirety of Mother of Learning and this is leagues above that novel in terms of quality. 

The only reason, I feel, that this is not higher up in the rating is because this is the wrong platform for this novel. Most people are here to read high fantasy and litrpgs, and this is a lovecraftian horror fantasy. 

Do yourself a favor and slap yourself for not reading this. This is a true masterpiece that could easily become a bestseller with the right exposure.

This author is going places, I have nothing else to say. 

Slippery.John
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Stopped reading ~3 months ago so I won't go into too much detail in case I say something inaccurate, but there were a bunch of shifts in the story that made me lose interest over time.

Found family turned into a polyamorous cuddle puddle that any major character gets sucked into with the MC at the center (basically a harem).

Horror elements have been diluted down to nothing. I reread the first few arcs to be sure, and yes, it used to be scary and unnerving at times. Now it reads more like a fluffed-up version of Alice in Wonderland, where a lot of the monsters are just misunderstood or humanised in some way.

Just bad romance. I love the dialog and all the little character moments, but the core reason behind the romantic interests seems so contrived and forced. Its not on the 'fated mate' level that shifter romance fic tends to have, but it's in the neighborhood.

Stagnant side characters that play the same note over and over every time they have some page time. Some are better than others, of course, but it applies to all 3 to some extend (moth, girl, and the doll)

The main plot feels like the main mission in Skyrim. Every time they get around to it a new sub-plot emerges that is tangentally related, and no real progress has been made in hundreds of pages.

Don't get me wrong, the story is still great for what it is, but it doesn't make me open up RR first thing on a Saturday morning anymore.

Gtocjma
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Up their with practical guide to evil

Reviewed at: mind; correlating - 1.1

     I read this a few months back on the website and I can honestly say it's up thier with the zombie knight or practical guide to evil, in quality.it admittedly has a very different tone that is (shocker) real reminiscent of something more horror oriented.

     My only real issue with it is I genuinely have no clue what going on when the more complicated bits start popping up, making me reread chapters. However this is probably the intent or maybe is just my dyslexic ass coming undone either way check this one out it's worth your time

TheRuisu
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An excellent take in Lovecraftian/Elder God Horror

Reviewed at: that which you cannot put down - 7.11

I'm pretty glad to have found Katalepsis because I love it.

 

You don't find a lot of content with this kind of horror and have it be this good. It's a fast-paced horror drama that makes you enter the head of the 'crazy person' Heather and experience what she sees through her daily life and how she deals with the horrific notion that that is and how to get better.