The Book of Deadly Animals
(also published as Deadly Kingdom and Deadly Animals)
available in hardcover * paperback * audiobook * eBook (also available on iTunes)

What a wealth of information Gordon Grice is, and what a fine, beguiling writer. – David Sedaris

A wonderful, slightly terrifying, utterly captivating encounter with the animal world—not quite like anything I’ve ever read before.—Elizabeth Gilbert, author of Eat, Pray, Love

A highlight reel of anthropophagy spiced up with dashes of science. Read it for lines like this: "Men sped across the face of the water, propelled by unseen sharks." – “Best New Books of Summer,” Outside Magazine

The Red Hourglass
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This is first-rate, unsentimental writing about nature and about the ways that human beings try to cope with the most terrible cruelties that nature offers up.--The New York Times

An absolutely spellbinding book.--Elle

Gordon Grice is one hell of a writer. I was originally disturbed by some of the killing he depicts, but his descriptions are so compelling that I had to read on. I'm glad I did. Grice pays close attention to the creatures he writes about, and it really pays off. The Red Hourglass is an absolutely first-rate book.--Jeffrey Masson, author of When Elephants Weep

Gordon Grice's essays hold the reader in their spell, and then carry him beyond the usual romance of the insect and animal world to something darker and far more interesting: Nature's Gothic. The Red Hourglass marks the debut of a fresh, strange, and wonderful new voice in American nature writing.--Michael Pollan, author of The Omnivore's Dilemma

Grice's fusion of scientific and literary gifts converts dangerous and ugly predators--including tarantulas, rattlesnakes, black widow spiders, and jungle pigs--into objects of fascination. He weaves an expert's knowledge of biology into an engrossing tapestry of personal narrative and philosophical reflection. This book will delight those interested in either animals or literature.--Booklist

The stories can be gruesome, but they grip you because Grice never blinks. The quality of his attention to the facts of life and his willingness to look the awful and the repellent straight in the eyes will earn your admiration.--Men's Journal

A superb book. His reactions are enchantingly lyrical.--Los Angeles Times

Eye-popping. Grice combines homespun observations with biological facts, flavoring his findings with just the right measure of philosophical spice.--Entertainment Weekly

eBook Shorts

National Geographic and Gordon Grice pair gripping and gruesome stories of shark attacks with cutting edge research to illuminate a fascinating underwater world. This ebook short takes readers deep into the realm of the latest shark science.

In 1903 a drifter named David E. George died in the Oklahoma Territory after confessing his awful secret: He was John Wilkes Booth, the man who killed President Abraham Lincoln. His death was only the first stage in a macabre journey that took his mummified body around the country. He endured a train wreck, an autopsy, and the attentions of a souvenir-hunter who tried to take his ear. Was he the real Booth? This is the story of America’s most bizarre conspiracy. 10,500 words.

Five best stories by Gordon Grice celebrate the night side of nature. Includes “The Black Widow” (selected for Best American Essays), “Bat Country” (selected by Robert Atwan as a notable essay of the year), plus tales of a wounded deer, a hungry python, and a beautiful backyard parasite. 9600 words.

What’s so scary about sugar? And why are the children acting so strange? A suggestive horror story in the tradition of Edgar Allan Poe, J. Sheridan LeFanu, and Ambrose Bierce. 7,100 words.


Free Stories by Gordon

True Tales of Wildlife
Cougar Tales
Hunger on the Wing (Locusts)
Armadillos and Leprosy
Hobo Spiders
Secrets of the Siberian Elm
The Day after Summer with Parker Grice
Underground with the Beetles
Mobbing an Owl (from The Book of Deadly Animals)

Death Stories
Death Cycle 
Mummies of No Man's Land 

A Stiller Ground
Earth Day: A Guilty Green
Red and White
A Cry in the Night
Sentimental Journey: An Abandoned House
Sentimental Journey: Cypress


More Free Stories

True Tales of Wildlife by Guest Writers
Hodari Nundu-A Keeper's Tale
Hodari Nundu-Giant Snakes
Hodari Nundu-Monster Crocodiles

Wildlife Classics

The Brothers Grimm-Snow-White and Rose-Red
Rudyard Kipling-The Elephant's Child
Mark Twain-Storm (from Tom Sawyer)
Mark Twain-Morning (from Tom Sawyer)

Roy Chapman Andrews-Mongolian Dogs
William Bartram-Alligators (illus. by John Singer Sargent)
Ambrose Bierce-What Eats People, Part 5: Pigs
George Catlin-Of Wolves and Bison
Richard Henry Dana-Rattlesnakes
Herodotus-Nile Crocodiles
Herodotus-Egyptian Cats
Washington Irving-American Buffalo
Washington Irving-A Republic of Prairie Dogs
Mary Kingsley-An Encounter with a Gorilla
Living Age Magazine-Man with Stick Duels Ibex
David Livingstone-A Chimpanzee Hunt 
George Orwell-Shooting an Elephant
JH Patterson-The Man-Eaters of Tsavo
Part 1   Part 2    Part 3   Part 4   Part 5   Part 6   Part 7
JH Patterson-Bhoota's Last Shikar
JH Patterson-Man-Eater in a Railway Carriage
JH Patterson-Nile Crocodile
JH Patterson-Rhinoceros
JH Patterson-A Venomous Snake
JH Patterson-A Widow's Story
Edgar Allan Poe-Trees (from "The Island of the Fay")
Llewelyn Powys-A Leopard by Lake Elmenteita
Henry David Thoreau-Owls (with illustration by Audubon)
Henry David Thoreau-Warring Ants (from Walden)
Mark Twain-River (from Life on the Mississippi)

Gilgamesh 1  Gilgamesh 2  Gilgamesh 3
John Clare-Mouse's Nest
Robert Frost-Design
William Shakespeare-Shakespeare's Wild Boar
Alfred Tennyson-The Kraken

Mini-Anthologies (Collections of Writings on a Topic)
A Beast for Perseus (Horses) by Robert Frost, William Shakespeare, and others
Cat Lit by JH Fabre, Thomas Hardy, and Christopher Smart
Coyotes by Mark Twain, Richard Henry Dana, and others
Rat Tales by Edgar Allan Poe, Bram Stoker, George Orwell, HP Lovecraft, MR James, and JS LeFanu
Oven-Birds by Robert Frost and William Henry Hudson
Spiders by JH Fabre, Walt Whitman, and others

Scary Stories
Edwin Lester Arnold-A Dreadful Night
EF Benson-The Horror Horn
Ambrose Bierce-Eyes of the Panther
Ambrose Bierce-John Mortonson's Funeral
Algernon Blackwood: The Wendigo
Erckmann-Chatrian-The Waters of Death
Arthur Conan Doyle-A Brazilian Cat
Arthur Conan Doyle-The Terror of Blue John Gap
Parker Grice-Avocados
Parker Grice-Screaming Skull (video)
William Fryer Harvey-The Tortoise
M. R. James-The Ash-Tree
Edgar Allan Poe-The Nature of Poe (Silence: A Fable)
Edgar Allan Poe's Orangutans
HG Wells-Aepyornis Island

The Top Ten Scary Stories:
1. Rudyard Kipling-Mark of the Beast
2. Ambrose Bierce-The Death of Halpin Frayser
3. Edgar Allan Poe-Facts in the Case of M. Valdemar
4. J. Sheridan LeFanu-Schalken the Painter
5. Algernon Blackwood-The Listener
6. Perceval Landon: Thurnley Abbey
7. Guy de Maupassant: The Apparition
8. MR James: Oh Whistle and I'll Come to You, My Lad
9. William Fryer Harvey: The Beast with Five Fingers
10. HG Wells: The Sea Raiders

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