21 Fictional Worms Deserving of Horror & Devotion

The White Worm
Image via Wag the Movie

Classification: Great Old One

Description: There are creatures in this universe so ancient and powerful that they attain some level of godhood in the eyes of mortal humans. And yes, some of them are worms -- such as the White Worm said to reside in a pit beneath a Derbyshire estate. Granted, it doesn't do much down there. It eats whatever humans feed it and otherwise just accepts their kinky devotion and keeps on living.

Further Study: "The Lair of the White Worm," in the form of Bram Stoker's novel and Ken Russel's film.

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.