21 Fictional Worms Deserving of Horror & Devotion

The Purple Worms
Art by Michal Ivan

Classification: Monstrous Earth Worm

Description: This 80-foot-long wormstrosity likes nothing more than to burst out of the ground and swallow treasure-seeking adventurers whole. That's what can happen if your tangle with the toothy mouth end, while the creature's posterior boasts a deadly stinger capable of skewering several halflings in one go.

Further Study: The gaming worlds of "Dungeons and Dragons" and "Pathfinder."

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.