Richard Lapidus has been a high school English teacher, a businessman and a writer.  He is passionate about reptiles and the old west.  His articles on these subjects have appeared in national magazines, major newspapers, history and college journals, and in books by other authors.  Snake Hunting on the Devil's Highway is a collection of humorous stories of his adventures searching for snakes and other reptiles in the west.  Snakey Joe Post is a novel of historic fiction based on a real event.  Richard Lapidus has been the master of ceremonies of a major western book event for nine years in a row.  He is a former vice president of The Western Outlaw-Lawman Association (WOLA).  He is a member of the Western Writers of America.  Richard currently lives in Henderson, Nevada.