21 Fictional Worms Deserving of Horror & Devotion

Art by Sergiy Krykun

Classification: Great Old One

Description: Worshiped as a god by corpse-eating ghouls, Mordiggian is rarely glimpsed by mortal humans. The creature is described as a "worm-shapen column, huge as a dragon" and a "demonaic giant with eyeless head and limbless body." Humans and ghouls alike offer their dead as an offering to this so-called "charnel god" and those who interfere with such rites risk Mordiggian's dark wrath.

Further Study: "The Charnel God" by Clark Ashton Smith

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.