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The Conqueror Worms (The Earthworm Gods #1)

3.84  ·  Rating Details ·  2,973 Ratings  ·  150 Reviews
One day the rain just didn't stop. As the flood waters slowly rose and coastal cities and towns disappeared, some people believed it was the end of the world. Maybe they were right. But the water wasn't the worst part. Even more terrifying was what the soaking rains drove up from beneath the earth — unimaginable creatures, writhing, burrowing ... and devouring all in their ...more
Paperback, 326 pages
Published May 2006 by Leisure Books (first published 2005)
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Feb 20, 2014 Steve rated it it was amazing
Shelves: fiction, horror
Satanists on surfboards. A mermaid. Giant worms and Cthulhu. And an End Time rain with two old mountain coots getting to play Beowulf. This is the good stuff. The Conqueror Worms is the second book I've read by Brian Keene (The Rising being the first), and I'm really impressed by this guy. The sheer gusto of his B-movie imagination leaves me hopeful for the future of Horror fiction. In one sense, I'm left thinking Keene is very Old School (see Giant Bug movies from the 50s), but not totally. Con ...more
Adam Light
Thrilling apocaplyptic madness from Brian Keene. This book got me so wrapped in it that I breezed through it in two days. Now I'm looking for the sequel. If you enjoy end-of-the-world survival horror stories, you can't go wrong with this one.
Feb 25, 2014 Chris rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: horror, 2014-reads
Nobody Apocalypses like Brian Keene. Or as often. Whether by zombies (The Rising, City of the Dead, Dead Sea), a dark zone that appears on the edge of town (Darkness on the Edge of Town), a loud horn-like sound after which a large percentage of the population just isn’t there any more (Take the Long Way Home), giant crabs and miscellaneous other deep sea creepy creatures (Clickers 2-4), or any combination of the above, he does it better than anyone.

In the first Earthworm Gods book (there are 2)
Jan 27, 2012 TK421 rated it liked it
Shelves: horror-thriller
I'm not one to normally read a Brian Keene novel (well, I have read three...I think), but when I saw the title of this one, and the fantastic campy-B-flick picture for a cover, I knew I had to read it. And, you know, it wasn't that bad. The first part of the book was a mid-post-apocalyptic tale that tells the story of how some of the characters are surviving. But Keene didn't think that a random monster book about the end of the world was enough. Enter the second half of the book. This half was ...more
Feb 19, 2008 Scott rated it it was amazing
"Brian Keene is the next big thing in horror."

How many times have I heard that?

How many times have you heard that?

The Conqueror Worms is the third Keene book I've read. I enjoyed The Rising and City of the Dead. I thought they were both fun books that did some new things with the zombie genre. I thought Keene was a good writer, who showed a lot of promise.

Then came The Conqueror Worms.

The book is told for the most part by a mountain man who's lived long enough to see what amounts to the end of t
Jonathan Echevarria
I must admit that Brian Keene knows how to write a really good Post Apocalyptic story. I'm still new to the Keene Universe, up until now the only other book's I've read are The Last Zombie graphic novels and The Rising novels. I've always enjoyed the compassion mixed with the horror that exists in some of the "good" characters of his stories. In Earthworms Gods the character of Teddy is an example of what I cherish most in Keene's work. It's a good counter balance to how cruel and harsh Keene's ...more
Ken McKinley
Feb 20, 2015 Ken McKinley rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: horror, own-kindle
I have nothing but the highest praise for Earthworm Gods. This story captured my imagination, as well as most of my waking hours the last two days, as I poured through this thing. Pardon the pun, but I was hooked. A little history from Brian Keene found in the Afterword of this story. If you're confused, like I was, about why there is a story called Earthworm Gods AND The Conquerer Worms. According to Keene, the story was originally published in hardcover in 2005 from Delirium Books as Earthworm ...more
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Jan 26, 2010 Bark's Book Nonsense rated it really liked it
Shelves: horror
Reading for Jare's 2010 Spills & Chills Release Challenge.

I haven't read a book where the main protagonist is a crabby 80 year old guy since struggling through King's Insomnia many moons ago. Fortunately, this story is much more interesting. This guy is a lone survivor (or so it seems) in a world nearly buried under water. He has the misfortune to live high up on a secluded mountain when most others have perished in the floods and he faces long days of loneliness, isolation and day after da
♥♡¢σσкιє♥♡ (Krystle)
Okay, I could write a really long and detailed review of this book. I could go on and on about what an amazing and lovable character Teddy is or how Kevin was a strong and likable hero. I could give you plenty of details that included the creepy and genius decision of the author to let the entire story play out during a never ending rainstorm. And do not even get me started talking about the worms!

Sure, I could write a review like that, but really there is only one thing that needs to be said ab
Aug 08, 2010 Kasia rated it it was ok
This was my first time reading Brian Keene, and I was excited! I wanted to like this story, giant worms eating everything in their path, end of the world and nature's victory over human power...Unfortunately I felt deceived by the title and about what really happened in the book - where are the worms? They were mere filler barely getting any attention, I felt like this was a worm version of Where is Waldo, tough to spot with many pages that did not belong there.

It started off interesting, I was
Jan 19, 2012 Bandit rated it liked it
This was a quick fun read. Very typical Keene, so if you're a fan like me, you'll enjoy it. Having just read an amazing post apocalyptic book, I'd have to say that this one lacked something like substance, it was very much B movie material, sort of like Tremors. Still entertaining, though. Reminded me a lot of Keene's Dead Sea. Recommended for horror and/or Keene fans.
Kimberly Raiser
Jun 25, 2009 Kimberly Raiser rated it it was amazing
Incredibly vivid horror tale. I met Brian Keene recently and spoke on a panel with him at Hypericon. It was the actual first horror book I read. Incredible!!! It wasn't too gory, but kept you worried the entire time. I've recently purchased three more of his books. Stellar person as well as a writer!!!
Daniel Russell
Nov 09, 2010 Daniel Russell rated it it was amazing
The Keeneathon continues with his 2006 book, The Conqueror Worms. Now, when people mention Brian, they usually ask if you’ve read The Rising. The Rising is considered to be his ‘hit’, but after fellow readers have enquired about The Rising, the next one, I’ve found, is The Conqueror Worms.

I thought that The Rising was okay. My preferred Keene book so far has been The Ghoul, which was reviewed earlier this month. Could Worms take the crown?

Teddy, and 80 year old man living alone in West Pennsylv
Jul 06, 2013 Chris rated it it was amazing
In the newly released Author's Preferred version of the Brian Keene classic, the world has been deluged with unending rain and apocalyptic flooding....and horrors both human and inhuman, not to be believed but very very real. Told mostly from the POV of widower Teddy Garnett, who struggles to survive alone in his West Virginia mountaintop home...until his best friend, Carl, shows up, soon after, survivors from horrors unleashed in washed out Baltimore. Mixing in elements of his Labyrinth mythos, ...more
Mar 15, 2010 Thee_ron_clark rated it really liked it
Shelves: other-horror
My faith in Brian Keene has returned.

A few years back, I caught a bit of this book at one of Keene's readings and I just recently got around to picking it up. I should not have waited.

The story is that it begins to rain one day all over the planet and never stops. The concept is that if a day of rain brings earthworms out, 40 days will bring out some really big earthworms and more.

Although it gets silly in a few places, I still found this to be an enjoyable, well-written story with a lot of in
Paulo "paper books always" Carvalho
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Jan 17, 2015 Stephen rated it did not like it
Shelves: horrorible
Writing as a person who is not a good writer (Teddy Garnett) is the perfect method for Brian Keene. He fits into the role so flawlessly, it is hard to figure out if the words on the page are from Brian or Teddy. Maybe the book itself is a satire on Brian's poor writing skills.

Perhaps starting into the book by looking at the title and cover was the wrong approach. They say you should never judge a book by its cover, but somehow, the cover describes the novel perfectly. Five giant earthworms pok
Sep 08, 2013 Bill rated it liked it
Shelves: horror
Some pretty solid storytelling from Brian Keene.

While I did enjoy it, what I found lacking with this novel was the punch in the gut endings I've come to expect from him. Like in Ghoul and Dark Hollow, which, oddly enough, probably weren't as polished writing-wise as this one.
Yet, I rate those ones higher because I simply loved how he finished them off.

Note that the edition I read was Earthworm Gods. Keen's apocalyptic vision of what happens when the rain never ends. Scary monster worms! Keene's
Aug 07, 2013 Daniel rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
I read this about a week before typing this review, and in that time I've found my impression of the book improving with reflection. I was initially thrown by how quickly Keene destroys most of the known world, leaving behind a mountainside and an 80-year-old narrator who isn't about to leap into action and take out a monster of massive proportions. I expected something more gradual, such as sightings of worms of increasing size in a big city; random disappearances of minor people; then the wind ...more
I liked this book. It was a post-apocalyptic story where the world has flooded due to endless rain and giant earthworms surfaced to wreak havoc on the few remaining inhabitants. The book is split into three parts. Part I is the first person account of an old dude with a bad nicotine habit who believes he is the last remaining survivor until his best friend and neighbor finds him. The Conqueror Worms has a classic B-movie horror vibe until Part II, when the old dudes run into more survivors and w ...more
Apr 05, 2013 Jason rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: e-books, read-2013
1.5 Stars

Let me start by saying that I am a huge fan of Brian Keene, and I feel that he is a gifted horror writer. Unfortunately, I hated this book, it made me angry, and I was very disappointed at the ridiculous turn it took.

The first half of the book is awesome. The world has ended due to non stop rain everywhere. Our main protagonist is basically an old widowed mountain man who is remembering the better days. Things get interesting when the worms show up. I really thought that this was going
Oct 15, 2010 Marvin rated it liked it
Shelves: horror
Brian Keene may be the king (with a small "k") of end-of-the-world novels. In The Conqueror Worms, the earth is besieged by Noah sized rains plus water monsters and worms of Lovecraftian proportion. The tale starts at full speed as narrated by 80 year old Teddy Burnett, a live-wire geriatric hero if ever I saw one. As long as he is in the foreground, the book soars. However it slows down when the narration moves to Baltimore and we are given a less-than stellar survivor tale involving surf-board ...more
Paris Chávez
Apr 24, 2013 Paris Chávez rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I think this was the book I was waiting for from Keene. I have been reading his books for a while now, and they have always been ok, but never really struck me as great.
Well now, I really liked this one. It' still very Keene, his books tend to revolve around the end of the world and so on. Perhaps I loved the worm theme, and it reminded me of the crates I raise of the slimy things slithering through rotten sludge. Regardless, I loved it. I recommend it to anyone that likes these kind of things.
Aug 20, 2007 Rick rated it it was amazing
Shelves: horror
This book was so much fun to read. Monster worms, Lovecraftian horror and the Apocalypse all at once, told by a dying old man. Superb.
Feb 23, 2007 marc rated it really liked it
giant earthworms terrorize senior citizens. fuck yeah.
Nov 16, 2012 Grey rated it liked it
A fast-paced horror of the B-movie variety. Yes, this one has an End Of The World scenario with monsters thrown in, which brings to mind similar settings found in classics like the Day Of The Triffids.
The End (upper caps "E") comes in the form of an endless (pun UNintended here) deluge across the world, much like the one in the bible; and the monsters are well, worms. And something else...
**dunn dunn DUNN**

The story is in the form of a journal written by an old man as he prepares to meet his end
Lisa Sandberg
I was a little skeptical about reading this book at first, I am sure glad I decided to read it in a group read with a few friends. This is an amazing book, Keene does a great job. I loved it and am ready to continue reading the series.

Keene writes about the end of the world in a different way than some of the other post apocalyptic books I have read. Giant worms...heck yea!! Among other creepy things.

Keene pulls you in from the start, with the introduction of Teddy, who is telling the story, an
Aug 10, 2010 Eric rated it liked it
Recommended to Eric by: Brian Keene
Shelves: horror, contemporary
Brian Keene's novel was fascinating to me for its deft use of the Corman-esque giant monsters as an effective and terrifying horror tool.

To his credit, Keene doesn't try to explain the central environmental gimmick of The Conqueror Worms. It has been raining for 43 days, and the world is flooding. Where did the water come from? No one knows. Since the degree of flooding described in the book isn't possible (even with melted ice caps, which we are told has not occured in this alternate Earth), an
Oct 18, 2013 Andrew rated it really liked it
You know, I really liked this book. The cover was terrible, so I'm glad I don't judge books by their cover. Plus my good buddy sent this to me with high recommendations, so I was obliged to read it. I devoured this book in a couple of days . Pure entertainment. Hilarious at times, terrifying at other times. Not just the monsters, worms, etc., but also the darkness that humans are capable of. Many humans aligned themselves through expediency with the malignant forces that had been wrought upon th ...more
Jan 20, 2016 Cassandra rated it did not like it
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BRIAN KEENE writes novels, comic books, short fiction, and occasional journalism for money. He is the author of over forty books, mostly in the horror, crime, and dark fantasy genres. His 2003 novel, The Rising, is often credited (along with Robert Kirkman’s The Walking Dead comic and Danny Boyle’s 28 Days Later film) with inspiring pop culture’s current interest in zombies. Keene’s novels have be ...more
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