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 is a collection of animal stories, with the working title A Sailor's Bestiary (Chicago UP, forthcoming 2022).