Daphne Press

Godly Heathens

28 November 2023

Infatuation. Reincarnation. Damnation.

Gem Echols is a nonbinary Seminole teen living in the tiny town of Gracie, Georgia. Known for being their peers’ queer awakening, Gem leans hard on charm to disguise the anxious mess they are beneath. The only person privy to their authentic self is another trans kid, Enzo, who’s a thousand long, painful miles away in Brooklyn.

But even Enzo doesn’t know about Gem’s dreams, haunting visions of magic and violence that have always felt too real. So how the hell does Willa Mae Hardy? The strange new girl in town acts like she and Gem are old companions, and seems to know things about them they’ve never told anyone else.

When Gem is attacked by a stranger claiming to be the Goddess of Death, Willa Mae saves their life and finally offers some answers. She and Gem are reincarnated gods who’ve known and loved each other across lifetimes. But Gem – or at least who Gem used to be - hasn’t always been the most benevolent deity. They’ve made a lot of enemies in the pantheon—enemies who, like the Goddess of Death, will keep coming.

It’s a good thing they’ve still got Enzo. But as worlds collide and the past catches up with the present, Gem will discover that everyone has something to hide.



Pages 400
Publication date 28 Nov 2023


ISBN 9781837840229
198mm x 130mm
Pages 400
Publication date 28 Nov 2023

Illumicrate Exclusive Edition Hardback

234mm x 153mm
Pages tbc

The author

H. E. Edgmon


H.E. Edgmon is an author of kidlit that is angry, messy, hopeful, and fantastical. Raised in the rural south, H.E. spent his formative years hiding from reality while reading and writing fanfic. It was there that he learned how necessary it was to see people like himself as main characters. Today, he’s passionate about presenting decolonial ways of thinking in his work and creating worlds where all children can feel wanted and powerful. He has an eclectic little family of his own design, led by a ferocious toddler. The queer collective has lived, together and separately, all over the country, from Florida to Alaska, from NYC to Texas. Their latest adventure finds them in the Pacific Northwest, where they hope to put down roots.



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