What is this?

Nightmares and hallucinations have plagued Heather Morell all her life.

Diagnosed with schizophrenia as a child after the loss of her twin – a sister who never really existed – now struggling with her mental health at university, Heather teeters on the verge of giving up on life. A chance meeting ends in a revelation: she is not crazy, her visions are all too real, and probably want to eat her soul.

Embroiled with a crippled, bad-tempered magician and her self-proclaimed ‘bodyguard’, Heather rapidly descends into a world of terrifying magic and otherworldly monsters, in an effort to stay sane, bring back the dead, and maybe, just maybe, make out with cool older girls.



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; hopefully soon, chapters will be posted twice a week, on Tuesdays and Saturdays.

It will run for a very long time.

If you are new, start here.

The most recent chapter is Arc 6, Chapter 6.





Disclaimer/warning: Please note that Katalepsis is intended for a mature audience. This is a horror story, after all. For more information, see the FAQ here.

For those of you who prefer reading your fiction through Royal Road, a mirror of the story can be found here.