What do Robert C. Stebbins and Stephen King Have in Common?

What does the late herpetologist Robert C. Stebbins and the master of horror Stephen King have in common?

According to AbeBooks.com, not only did both authors write about all things cold-blooded, they also turned up among BookFinder.com’s list of most-searched-for-out-of-print-books-of-2017. According to the report, Stebbins’ Peterson Field Guides to Western Reptiles and Amphibians was keeping good company with such classics as Halloween, the 1979 novelization of the 1978 Michael Meyers horror movie hit; the coming of age classic Fast Times at Ridgemont High; Madonna’s controversial Sex; and the George Micheal biography Bare.

Why Stebbins was keeping such strange bedfellows last year is anyone’s guess. Hopefully, it means the next generation of herpetologists was stocking up on the west coast’s quintessential field guide. But if the world runs out of Stebbins’ 3rd edition any time soon, you can rest assured that a new edition is in the works. This October, the Peterson Field Guide to Western Reptiles & Amphibians (Fourth Edition) by Robert Stebbins will hit the shelves with updates by co-author Samuel McGinnis.

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  1. #1 by Jeffrey Caldwell on August 22, 2018 - 6:48 am

    Back in my high school days his Amphibians and Reptiles of Western North America (1954) was the book I could not put down … love his work.

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