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The Rampant is a queer-girls-in-love, coming-of-age short novel that is harrowing, heartbreaking, and darkly funny.
Christianity it turns out got a whole lot of things wrong. It’s ten years since the hordes of old-world Sumerian gods arrived in Southern Indiana ready to kick off the end of the world. Massive tornadoes, tsunamis, government collapse: it all started out so strong, but the Rampant, the final herald of the apocalypse, failed to show. Both people and gods have had to adjust.
Sixteen-year-old Emelia Bareilles and Gillian Halkey have spent most of their childhood stuck in this seemingly never-ending apocalypse. Now the two friends are resolute: they will travel into the lands of the dead and force a change.
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Julie C. Day has published over thirty stories in magazines such as Interzone, Split Lip Magazine, Black Static, Podcastle, and the Cincinnati Review. Her debut collection, Uncommon Miracles, was released by PS Publishing in 2018. She holds an MFA in Creative Writing from the University of Southern Maine’s Stonecoast program and an MS in Microbiology from the University of Massachusetts at Amherst. You can find her on @thisjulieday or on her blog stillwingingit.com.
“I loved the epic journey of our two teenaged lesbian he¬roes, Gillian and Emelia, through the sprawling horrors of the Sumerian afterworld. The clash of their modern feminist sensibilities with the cruel and rigid theocracy of the very oldest gods out-weirds much of the New Weird. In The Rampant, Julie Day calls us to visit a fan¬tastical landscape in a voice that is hers alone.” —James Patrick Kelly, winner of the Hugo, Nebula, and Locus awards
“The Rampant was so much fun to read! Is that the right way to blurb a horror novel? I don’t know, but it’s the truth. Julie Day’s novel is smart, playful, sly and, yes, hor¬rifying too. A short gem of a book.”—Victor LaValle, author of The Changeling. Winner of the World Fantasy, Shirley Jackson, and British Fantasy awards.
“The girl-powered post-apocalyptic Sumerian under¬world quest I didn’t know I needed.”—Sarah Pinsker, winner of the Nebula and the Theodore Sturgeon Memorial Award
The Rampant is one of the most original Apocalypse tales I’ve read in ages. Julie C. Day avoids cliché and gives the reader the end-times by way of Sumerian myth—except this particular end-of-the-world stalls when one of its principal players decides not to show up. What unfolds is a journey into the underworld filled with joy and hor¬ror, hope and loss. It’s a wise and lovely story—exactly what I’ve come to expect from Day.”—Nathan Ballingrud, winner of the Shirley Jackson Award; shortlisted for the World Fan¬tasy, British Fantasy, and Bram Stoker Awards.