Richard J. King is an author and illustrator. Most recently, he wrote Ahab's Rolling Sea: A Natural History of Moby-Dick, lauded in Science, Nature, and American Scholar. He also wrote Lobster, which was acclaimed by the New York Times and The Wall Street Journal and The Devil's Cormorant: A Natural History, which was short-listed for the ASLE Creative Book Award and rated as one of the top five science books of 2013 by Library Journal. His next project explores the history of our relationship with the sea in a collection of animal stories, with the working title An Ocean Bestiary (Chicago UP, forthcoming 2022).