21 Fictional Worms Deserving of Horror & Devotion


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The Worm in the Cellar
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Classification: Biochemically Altered Human

Description: When agreeing to spend the night in a haunted house for a $15,000 pay off, you generally accept a certain degree of Scooby-Doo-esque shenanigans. You most certainly don't expect someone to inject you with a complex enzyme molecule that gradually disintegrates your bones but leaves your nervous system and vital organs intact. In the second season of Rod Serling's "Night Gallery," a war criminal finds himself in just this predicament, forced to choose between a loaded revolver and life as a gelatinous worm-man.

"If this strikes you as absurdly far fetched I suggest you pay another visit to the basement," instructs his captor, the son of a musician tortured during the war. There, he says, one may find a fully transformed worm-man squirming about in the dark. Overcome by horror and convinced by trails of slime and an injection mark on his arm, the war criminal chooses the gun and never inspects the empty cellar.

Further Study: "A Question of Fear" by Bryan Lewis, "Night Gallery" adaptation


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.