Worm cityscape
Date posted June 11 2011 - November 19 2013
Chapter guide
PRT: Department 64
Chapter List

Worm is the first web serial published by John C. McCrae AKA Wildbow. It totals roughly 1.68 million words.


An introverted teenage girl with an unconventional superpower, Taylor goes out in costume to find escape from a deeply unhappy and frustrated civilian life. Her first attempt at taking down a supervillain sees her mistaken for one, thrusting her into the midst of the local ‘cape’ scene’s politics, unwritten rules, and ambiguous morals. As she risks life and limb, Taylor faces the dilemma of having to do the wrong things for the right reasons.


The story began with Gestation 1.1 on June 11 2011, and ended with Interlude: End on November 19 2013.

Wildbow followed Worm by writing two unrelated web serials, Pact and Twig. Worm itself is being edited and prepared to reach the standards of professional publishing houses.[1]

A sequel to Worm, titled Ward, is in progress.


Main article: Timeline

See more at the events category page or on the link above.

See alsoEdit


  • Topped out at roughly 1.68 million words.
  • The word "Worm" is one of the oldest words in the English language. It was originally meant to be a placeholder but eventually settled into being the main title.[2]

See AlsoEdit


  1. Post on Pig's Pen
  2. It was a placeholder name for a while, “Worm”, and I wound up sticking with it. In retrospect, I rather like it.

    GSW’s review of Worm at Webfictionguide really sums it up. - comment by wildbow on Colony 15.6

Site NavigationEdit

Parahumans Story Arcs
Worm Arcs GestationInsinuationAgitationShellHiveTangleBuzzExterminationSentinelParasiteInfestationPlagueSnarePreyColonyMonarchMigrationQueenScourgeChrysalisImagoCellDroneCrushedScarabStingExtinctionCockroachesVenomSpeckTeneral
Ward Arcs Glow-wormDaybreakFlareGlareShadeShadowPitchTorchEclipseBeaconGleamingPolarizeBlindingHeavensBlackBreakingDyingFrom WithinSundownRadiationInfrared
Community content is available under CC-BY-SA unless otherwise noted.