21 Fictional Worms Deserving of Horror & Devotion


Art by Maxime Desmettre

Humans lord over the Earth while worms wriggle and writhe through the soil underfoot.

Or at least that's how we choose to see it in the natural world, with only occasional concerns over scalp-based games of pinochle.

Venture into the unnatural world of fiction, however, and you'll find various worms that turn our anthropocentric attitude right on its ear. Some of the creatures ahead inspire revulsion and fear, while others demand nothing short of complete human devotion.

So let us open the Sacred Book of the Worm. Let's slide out of our human skin and enter a world of squirming horrors.


About the Author: Robert Lamb spent his childhood reading books and staring into the woods — first in Newfoundland, Canada and then in rural Tennessee. There was also a long stretch in which he was terrified of alien abduction. He earned a degree in creative writing. He taught high school and then attended journalism school. He wrote for the smallest of small-town newspapers before finally becoming a full-time science writer and podcaster. He’s currently a senior writer at HowStuffWorks and has co-hosted the science podcast Stuff to Blow Your Mind since its inception in 2010. In his spare time, he enjoys traveling with his wife Bonnie, discussing dinosaurs with his son Bastian and crafting the occasional work of fiction.