My nightmares, meet the earthworm herd. Earthworm herd, meet my nightmares.
The squirming, pink-pasta lumps of horror you see above are called earthworm herds. You know, like a herd of cattle, except that cattle don't intermingle all of their limbs into a terrifying, eyeless pile that looks like a zombie brain crawling towards a human host. After recent flooding, some rangers at Eisenhower State Park in Texas found the earthworm herds you see above, in all of their Cronenbergian glory. I hope that these park rangers are being provided with therapy.
Earthworm herds often occur when the worms are in danger. According to ABC News, there are two theories as to why the worms decided to bring their new vision of hell to our human roads this time:
...the first is the heavy rains saturated the ground so much that the water forced the worms onto the dryer parts of the pavement. The second theory is rain may sound like predators beating down on the ground to the worms, so they move and clump together to avoid them.
They failed to mention a third theory, which is that worms are assholes who want to terrify us. Speaking of, allow me to point you to 28 seconds into this video, which is like that moment in a sci-fi movie where it seems like everything is maybe OK, and then the camera pans up and you realize that everything is more horrifying than you could've imagined, because there are EARTHWORM HERDS LINED UP FAR INTO THE DISTANCE.
Actually, that movie has to already be in development, right? I hope it's called The Herd and stars Dwayne Johnson.