The House of the Worm

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The House of the Worm
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Dust-jacket illustration by Allan Servoss for The House of the Worm
Author Gary Myers
Illustrator Allan Servoss
Cover artist Allan Servoss
Country United States
Language English
Genre Horror, fantasy
Publisher Arkham House
Publication date
Media type Print (hardback)
Pages ix, 77 pp
ISBN 0-87054-071-8
OCLC 1582475
LC Class PZ4.M99724 Ho PS3563.Y37

The House of the Worm is a collection of stories by author Gary Myers. It was published in 1975 by Arkham House in an edition of 4,144 copies and was the author's first book. The book is a stylistic pastiche of H. P. Lovecraft and Lord Dunsany, and may be seen as an expansion of Lovecraft's Dream Cycle. While presented as a novel of the Cthulhu Mythos, it is, in fact, a collection of linked stories.

The first of these stories, "The House of the Worm," was included (as "The Feast in the House of the Worm") in Lin Carter's anthology New Worlds for Old (1971), the thirty-fifth volume in the Ballantine Adult Fantasy series. All ten stories were included in Myers's 2013 collection, The Country of the Worm.


  • "Introduction"
  • I "The House of the Worm"
  • II "Yohk the Necromancer"
  • III "Xiurhn"
  • IV "Passing of a Dreamer"
  • V "The Return of Zhosph"
  • VI "The Three Enchantments"
  • VII "Hazuth-Kleg"
  • VIII "The Loot of Golthoth"
  • IX "The Four Sealed Jars"
  • X "The Maker of Gods"


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  • Nielsen, Leon (2004). Arkham House Books: A Collector's Guide. Jefferson, NC and London: McFarland & Company, Inc. p. 119. ISBN 0-7864-1785-4.