Thrills and Chills Book Club with Cassie and Maddie

Join us monthly for Thrills and Chills Book Club, a thriller/horror-themed book club co-hosted by lead bookseller Cassie and events assistant Maddie! For our first session, we will be reading Our Hideous Progeny by C. E. McGill. A queer, feminist masterpiece inspired by Mary Shelley’s classic, Our Hideous Progeny is a sumptuous tale of ambition and obsession, of forbidden love and sabotage and a twisty Gothic adventure that may forever change your view of human nature.

Book club will be held in our Second Story event space on Wednesday, June 12th at 6:30pm. Drinks and snacks will be available for purchase. If you'd like to purchase Our Hideous Progeny through us (which is not required to join book club, although we appreciate it!), you can do so via the link below. 

If you are interested in joining, please reach out to alice@anunlikelystory.com to be added to the book club email list! We'll send a monthly update with book selections and other important info. 

ABOUT OUR HIDEOUS PROGENY:

“A gripping Gothic tale of grief and ambition, passion and intrigue.” — Jess Kidd, author of The Night Ship

“An 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. . . . Readers will revel in Mary’s personal and scientific discoveries and root for her to succeed in an unfair world.” — Publishers Weekly (starred review)

A LAMBDA Literary finalist for Lesbian Fiction

A Triangle Publishing finalist for Debut Fiction

It is not the monster you must fear, but the monster it makes of men . . .

Mary is the great-niece of Victor Frankenstein. She knows her great uncle disappeared under mysterious circumstances in the Arctic, but she doesn’t know why or how. . . .

The 1850s are a time of discovery, and London is ablaze with the latest scientific theories and debates, especially when a spectacular new exhibition of dinosaur sculptures opens at the Crystal Palace. Mary is keen to make her name in this world of science alongside her geologist husband, Henry—but despite her sharp mind and sharper tongue, without wealth and connections their options are limited.

When Mary discovers some old family papers that allude to the shocking truth behind her great-uncle’s past, she thinks she may have found the key to securing her and Henry’s professional and financial future. Their quest takes them to the wilds of Scotland; to Henry’s intriguing but reclusive sister, Maisie; and to a deadly chase with a rival who is out to steal their secret.

A queer, feminist masterpiece inspired by Mary Shelley’s classic, Our Hideous Progeny is a sumptuous tale of ambition and obsession, of forbidden love and sabotage and a twisty Gothic adventure that may forever change your view of human nature.

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).

Wednesday, June 12, 2024 - 6:30pm
Event address: 
111 South Street
Plainville, MA 02762
Books: 
Our Hideous Progeny: A Novel By C.E. McGill Cover Image
$18.99
ISBN: 9780063256804
Availability: On Our Shelves Now
Published: Harper Perennial - May 7th, 2024

Our Hideous Progeny: A Novel By C.E. McGill Cover Image
$32.00
ISBN: 9780063256798
Availability: Available to Order
Published: Harper - May 9th, 2023