Our Hideous Progeny

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6.7 X 8.9 X 2.0 inches | 1.12 pounds
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About the Author

C. E. McGill is a writer of speculative and historical fiction, born in Scotland and raised in North Carolina. Their short fiction has appeared in Fantasy Magazine and Strange Constellations, and they are a two-time finalist for the Dell Award for Undergraduate Excellence in SF/F Writing. They now live back in Scotland with their family, two cats, and a growing number of fake succulents. (The real ones keep dying).


"Evocatively and compassionately, Our Hideous Progeny seeks a way to tell the stories of those 'whose tales cannot fit in one book, those poor creatures who remain lost or forgotten, ' as one character notes." -- The New Yorker

"Our Hideous Progeny takes inspiration from Mary Shelley's masterpiece along with the Victorian fascination with scientific innovation and the prehistoric world. This wonderful debut evolves into a gripping Gothic tale of grief and ambition, passion and intrigue." -- Jess Kidd, author of The Night Ship

"A wonderful book; dark, passionate, multilayered, and rich with enticing detail." -- Joanne Harris, author of Chocolat and The Strawberry Thief

"This immersive blend of historical and science fiction brims with surprises and dark delights. . . . An incisive exploration of women's rights within the field of science. . . . The setting, too, feels wholly authentic, making it easy to get sucked in. Readers will revel in Mary's personal and scientific discoveries and root for her to succeed in an unfair world." -- Publishers Weekly (starred review)

"This is no typical revisiting of Shelley's iconic tale...This is a post-Gothic treat, an enjoyably moody, fog-drenched fictional commemoration of women in science" -- Booklist (starred review)

"Fans of Mexican Gothic by Silvia Moreno-Garcia and historical horror with a queer feminist twist will not be disappointed. VERDICT In this immersive, richly detailed novel, Mary is an enthralling heroine with whom readers will empathize, and owing to assured, luscious prose, whose plight they will champion." -- Library Journal (starred review)

"Exquisitely written, brimming with imagery both beautiful and shocking, this daring debut makes the rivalries of the Victorian scientific establishment thrilling and urgent, bringing us a story worthy of Mary Shelley." -- Sean Lusk, author of The Second Sight of Zachary Cloudesley

"A fantastic read: I felt everything about Mary, her simmering anger and her intellectual delight, so very clearly." -- Freya Marske, author of The Last Binding trilogy

"Darkly brilliant and sumptuously gothic, this atmospheric debut left me reeling." -- C. J. Cooke, author of The Lighthouse Witches

"Compelling and utterly absorbing, Our Hideous Progeny is an artfully crafted debut that echoes the dark essence of Mary Shelley's Frankenstein while maintaining a fascinating originality all of its own" -- Susan Stokes-Chapman, author of Pandora

"A gut busting adventure to escape into. I loved it. Loved the setting, the characters, the high stakes. What an exceptionally talented writer. Can't wait to talk about this to everyone." -- Ericka Waller, author of Dog Days