21 Fictional Worms Deserving of Horror & Devotion

The Mirocaw Harlequins
Art via Dr. Bantham

Classification: Degenerate Humanoid Species

Description: It is right and good to fear the clown, gentle reader, especially when all that pale grease paint masks a degenerate race of humanoid worms. The town of Mirocaw is rife with these creatures, which saunter through the streets during their yearly Feast of Harlequin and burrow beneath the surrounding hills to engage in unspeakable rites.

Further Study: "The Last Feast of Harlequin" by Thomas Ligotti, Monster of the Week entry

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.