“At some point, being aware of your sinfulness is so powerfully overwhelming that it becomes an end in itself. You still repent, but you’re not asking for forgiveness. You don’t want it. You want to be chastised, and you believe you can’t be punished enough. Being damned is now your aim.”
A child actress, Emily’s already hectic routine is turned upside down by frightening, increasingly violent dreams. She witnesses a strange man getting entangled with an ancient cult linked to bizarre disappearances. But her dreams aren’t simply dreams: on the other side of the Atlantic, Álmos, a Hungarian PhD student, is delving into the mysteries surrounding Kholem, his ancestor and the leader of the ill-famed group. His explorations into Kholem’s secrets have tethered him to Emily, his unsuspecting distant relative, sending the two of them on a journey involving murder, the occult, and redemption.
Hypnagogia is an exploration of memory, the interior life, and dreams. Combining prose and poetry, Romain P.A. Delpeuch’s debut novella is a poignant and compelling examination of the human mind.
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