"The book lives up to its title. There is a lot of weird stuff in here - I mean really damn weird. Most of the entries practically beg to be read aloud to an astounded audience. I kept pestering Vicki with snippets from the book until she said, with a look of profound disgust, 'I no longer approve of evolution. Animals are just too gross.'”
"This book is what you would get if you dropped 750 mics of LSD, sat down with the Animal Diversity Web site, and alternated between reading about interesting animals and writing totally tripped-out stories with those very same animals as the characters in those stories."
"A book with chapters such as 'Fruit Bat Fellatio' and 'Sexy Monkeys Bathe in Urine' was going to be hard not to like; Crew's unwaveringly funny and intelligent writing is icing on the Urine Monkey cake."
"You slip in and out of this bizarre, sometimes adults-only, world as you journey through an enchanting series of natural history narratives. And it’s this approach that makes Zombie Tits so much more than just another account of strange creatures."
"Her descriptions are meticulously detailed and accurate, butting onto playful scenes where these animals morph into characters that would be right at home in Alice in Wonderland. It’s hard to remember that this is not fiction. Life may be stranger, but it is equally engaging and fanciful beyond belief. These tales go to the top of the ‘best trivia’ list."
"If extinction and climate change has left you feeling a bit glum, perk up with Zombie Tits, Astronaut Fish and Other Weird Animals by American science blogger Becky Crew."
Spectrum | Sydney Morning Herald
"Blogger and science writer Crew leads a tour of some spectacular oddities. It all makes science accessible to the general reader."
Zombie Tits, Astronaut Fish and Other Weird Animals
The peacock mantis shrimp has the most powerful punch on Earth; vampire spiders are attracted to smelly socks; and the lesser water boatman is the loudest animal in the world—its instrument is its own penis. From the mother-eating black-lace weaver spiders to the Texas horned lizards that shoot jets of poisonous blood from their eyes, this fascinating book introduces a menagerie of the world’s weirdest, and most fascinating, animals.
During my time at ScienceAlert.com, I was instrumental in building one of the world’s biggest science publications.
Under my stewardship as Editor in Chief ( 2014 to 2017), we grew our Facebook fans from 4 million to 9 million, and monthly traffic from 1 million uniques to 17 million. Revenue doubled year-on-year, and the staff tripled.
I developed and implemented strategies to take the brand from a blog model to a profitable publishing platform with multiple streams of revenue including CPM, native, product, and partnerships.
I established scalable content strategies and procedures that carried 10+ articles per day through story selection, writing, editing, and publishing, and was responsible for writing viral stories that generated up to 12 million views each.
I'm a Sydney-based science writer, editor, award-winning blogger, and author of Zombie Tits, Astronaut Fish and Other Weird Animals(NewSouth Press).