The Monster Gallery

The Garthim of Thra
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The Garthim appear to be a mixture of beetle and crab anatomies, though closer inspection reveals them as bipeds with supporting tentacle-like appendages. One arm terminates in a vicious crab pincher, while the other boasts a fingered claw for snatching up prisoners. Learn all about them in this Monster of the Week post.

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.