28 February 2024
  • 28 February 2024

Our Hideous Progeny by C.E. Gill book review

on 14 December 2023 0

Our Hideous Progeny by C.E. Gill, reviewed by local councillor Lisa-Marie Hughes

Our Hideous Progeny is part re-telling, part sequel to Mary Shelley’s gothic horror classic, Frankenstein. 1853, Victorian London. Our protagonist Mary Saville is the great niece of Victor Frankenstein, who has been missing for some years in murky circumstances. 


Mary and her husband are keen palaeontologists and when clues about her great uncle’s disappearance also reveal information about his experiments, they see their ticket to scientific glory. It’s no small feat, taking on a masterpiece of sci-fi and horror. Unsurprisingly, many Shelley fans have read it with trepidation. 

To their relief, C.E.Gill has paid homage to the original, while bringing a fresh perspective. They weave all the ethical themes of Mary Shelley’s original with Mary Saville’s own story, touching on being a woman in a male dominated field as well as delving into queer love, themes that remain relevant nearly 200 years after the novel’s setting. 

Rich and engrossing, it’s perfect reading for the dark nights. 


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