21 Fictional Worms Deserving of Horror & Devotion

The Shai-Hulud
Art by draxmusthurt

Classification: Extraterrestrial Sandworm

Description: The sandworm of Arrakis stands out as one of the most astounding and influential lifeforms in the universe. These massive, water-intolerant creatures reportedly reach lengths of up to 450 meters (1,476 feet), though some report even greater sizes. They thrive beneath the sands of barren Arrakis and rise to the surface when summoned by threatening sounds or a rival worm. While the creatures boats nothing more than animal intelligence, their larval sandtrout form produces a substance with profound influence on human civilization: an awareness spectrum narcotic called Spice Melange.

Further Study: "Dune" by Frank Herbert

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.