21 Fictional Worms Deserving of Horror & Devotion

The Chthonians
Art by Borja Pindado

Classification: Titanic Subworld Worm

Description: The Cthonians are an ancient race of immense tentacled worms. If that wasn't bad enough, they also boast telepathic powers and cause earthquakes. Oh yeah, and they want to wipe out humanity. Great. While highly resistant to heat and pressure in the inner Earth, the Cthonians can't handle water. Rumor has it they serve an even greater and older member of their kind known only as Shudde M'ell.

Further Study: "The Burrowers Beneath" by Brian Lumley, the Call of Cthulhu RPG

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.