A friend remembers a horror story in which giant spiders had overrun the world and a little boy was cocooned as food for hungry baby wolf spiders.

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  • Did it involve him waking up from a nightmare with spiders, only to realize he was waking up in a cocoon?
    – FuzzyBoots
    Oct 31, 2019 at 18:10
  • It was in a scary short story collection. Oct 31, 2019 at 20:14

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The story is probably "The Itsy Bitsy Spider" by F. Paul Wilson. IT appeared in his collection "Aftershock and Others" from 2009. It's the same one you're thinking of FuzzyBoots.

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  • Ah, the book does look familiar. I got on an F. Paul Wilson kick after reading his Repairman Jack series.
    – FuzzyBoots
    Nov 3, 2019 at 14:40
  • Wilson is great. Surprised he doesn't have a bigger fanbase. Nov 3, 2019 at 16:25

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