21 Fictional Worms Deserving of Horror & Devotion

The Allghoi Khorkhoi
Art by Pieter Dirkx

Classification: Cryptid Death Worm

Description: Also known as the Mongolian Death Worm, the Allghoi Khorkhoi (large intestine worm) is said to reach five feet in length, spit acid and discharge electric shocks. While this monster allegedly makes its home in the sands of the Gobi Desert, lack of proof confines it to the world of cryptid fantasy for now.

Further Study: Mongolia Travel Guide

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.