Column: Writing the Mythos: Of Serpents & Worms

Of Serpents & Worms

By G. W. Thomas

Robert E. Howard’s Serpent Men first appeared in his Sword & Sorcery tale “The Shadow Kingdom” (Weird Tales, August 1929). As a piece of fantasy, it is a great tale, but it took H. P. Lovecraft mentioning the serpent race in “The Whisperer in Darkness” (Weird Tales, August 1931) to bring them into the Mythos fold. These ancient creatures lived during the Age of the Dinosaurs and have …

IFPColumn: Writing the Mythos: Of Serpents & Worms

Deep pelagic worms discovered in river bed

By Paula R. Stiles

Innsmouth, MA – Fossil worm-trail casts one foot wide and nearly fifteen feet long in some places have been discovered in the sandstone cliffs overlooking the banks of the Manuxet River in historic Innsmouth. Local scholar in African-American history Rosa Washington and visiting oceanographer Steven Huang of Beijing, China at Miskatonic University have teamed up to investigate.

“We believe that these worms were over two meters long,” says Dr. Huang, “and lived as recently as the …

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