It's Here!: Deadly Animals on Audio

The Book of Deadly Animals is now available on audio!

Actor Keith Sellon-Wright (Seinfeld, West Wing, etc.) has narrated my most popular book for audio download. It's available from 


To hear a sample, click that link to and then hit the little PLAY arrow just below the cover. 

Listen to the Deadly Animals. . .

Coming soon to audio:

I'll have details in a few days.

Hissing Cockroaches

"As I sit here typing this with my left hand, I hold in my right a cockroach just over three inches long and almost an inch wide. It is a member of a docile species, the Madagascar giant hissing roach. It moves more or less constantly, its clawed feet clinging to my skin as it climbs over the fleshy fold between my thumb and forefinger to reach my knuckles. It is searching, I think, for ground that doesn't wiggle and shake so much. When I pause in my typing it stops and stands waving its antennae, each thin and segmented, the right one abbreviated by some accident.

I’m sure many readers will find my comfort with the cockroach surprising. In areas where they pose a serious hygiene problem, roaches outrank even spiders as a focus of phobia. But my little friend does me no harm, unless I count his cheddary smell. He is a pet, part of a colony given to my eldest son by a biologist friend of mine. If not for human interference, he would have passed his life in the jungle, having nothing to do with me or any other human. In that way, he and his kind are like most of the 3500 species of cockroach."

Photography by Dee Puett

Tiger Fish Eat Flying Birds

Thanks to Steve V. for this one: Scientists have documented tiger fish leaping out of the water to eat birds on the wing. 

This African Fish Can Catch and Eat Flying Birds | Popular Science:

“The whole action of jumping and catching the swallow in flight happens so incredibly quickly that after we first saw it, it took all of us a while to really fully comprehend what we had just seen.”

Screaming Skull

A short horror film, of strange substances and unpleasant encounters. Directed by: Parker Kane Grice, Soundtrack: "Cooper, Cobbler" by Gordon Grice and James Addison Conrad.

Gambian Pouched Rats Save Lives

Fascinating video about the uses of giant pouched rats. This species has recently become notorious in the US as yet another invasvie species, but at home, they detect land mines and diagnose tuberculosis. 

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