For readers of Circe or Ariadne, a brilliant literary revisiting of Mary Shelley’s classic Frankenstein with a fresh, queer, provocative twist.
Years ago, Mary’s great uncle—dropout medical student Victor Frankenstein—disappeared in the Arctic. Now, in 1853, she and her husband Henry live in London, struggling to make a name for themselves as paleontologists.
Unfortunately, in a world where scientific success requires wealth and connections, they don’t stand a chance: Mary, the illegitimate daughter of a housemaid, with a sharp mind and a sharper tongue; and Henry, a recently-fired geologist better known for his gambling problems than his radical theories. But when Mary discovers some old family papers that reveal the truth of her great-uncle’s past, she comes up with a plan—one that will pay their debts, prove Henry’s theories right, and finally get her some of the respect she goddamn deserves.
They’re going to make a monster, and not just any monster—they’re going to create a plesiosaur.
It’s weird, it’s queer, and it’s (almost) here! OUR HIDEOUS PROGENY is my debut novel, a spiritual sequel to Mary Shelley’s Frankenstein and a love letter to women in science and the fascinating history of Victorian paleoart.
Are you a fan of Victorian mad science? Gothic gays? Women who are angry, and ambitious, and covered in blood? Then you should pre-order OHP or request an ARC from Netgalley now!!
OHP is coming out on May 4th 2023 in the UK and commonwealth from Doubleday Books and on May 9th 2023 in North America from Harper.
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, multi-layered and rich with enticing detail.Joanne Harris, author of Chocolat and the Strawberry Thief
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
Fantastic read; I felt everything about Mary, her simmering anger and her intellectual delight, so very clearly.Freya MArske, author of A Marvellous Light