21 Fictional Worms Deserving of Horror & Devotion

The Dholes
Art by Mike Dubisch

Classification: Titanic Alien Worm

Description: Alternatively known as "bholes," these titanic alien worms thrive in certain dark depths of the Earth and its surrounding dreamworld. They reach several hundred feet in slime-slathered length and can launch a repulsive volley of otherworldly goo when threatened.

Further Study: "Through the Gate of the Silver Key" by H.P. Lovecraft and E. Hoffman Price, 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.