Our own Amy Stewart is creeping out insectophobes from coast to coast with the release of her latest book, Wicked Bugs and the attention it’s getting from the New York Times:
Ms. Stewart, who grows poison plants in her garden in Eureka, Calif., likes the dark side.
Like the Arab warriors, back in 198 A.D., who hurled pots of scorpions at the Romans. (The scorpions fell into their eyes.)
Or the body lice that tortured Napoleon’s soldiers as they marched across Russia in the winter of 1812, suffering freezing temperatures with little food or shelter. One soldier, maddened by the “unbearable tingling” of the lice, stripped and threw his clothes into the fire. If he didn’t die of exposure, the typhus carried by the lice might have killed him.
Wicked Bugs is on sale now at Eureka Books and bookstores everywhere.