What Are Some Good Books Where Spiders Feature Prominently?
Posted on 9th of September, 2019


This is a rather unusual question and, surprisingly, books that feature spiders are not as niche as people might think. I've actually read quite a few of them, so here is what I can suggest:

1 American Gods by Neil Gaiman

Yes, I know that technically Mr. Nancy is not an actual spider, but he is the Trickster God Anansi who has the ability to turn into a spider and command other spiders, so I still think this counts.

2 It by Stephen King

Once again, I know that everyone remembers Pennywise as a scary clown, but in his real form he is actually a giant spider, which is even more terrifying.

3 The Lord of the Rings by J. R. R. Tolkien

I would say that Shelob featured prominently enough in the book to be included in this list. I actually remember having nightmares about her after reading The Lord of the Rings as a youngster, and I think a lot of authors who included giant spiders in their books got the idea from Tolkien.

4 Spiderlight by Adrian Tchaikovsky

Just the cover art of this novel is already enough to send any arachnophobes screaming, so I would recommend this book if you are into giant spiders. The Great Mother is the most terrifying spider in the story, but when one of her spawns takes on a human like form, things get even more disturbing. At least it doesn't wear a clown costume like IT.

5. Perdido Street Station by China Mieville

This book features a character called "The Weaver"and it wins my vote as the most disturbing spider in literature. It's not an actual spider and more of a multi-dimensional being who just happens to look like an enormous spider, but still. Oh and another thing, it constantly babbles out free-verse poetry, which is about the last thing that I would want to hear coming from a giant spider, especially one that can move through dimensions.

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