In probably the early 70s* I read a short story, probably intended for teenage readers, that may have been based on or at least similar to Kafka's Metamorphosis (Die Verwandlung).

The one impression that I was left with at the time that I remember was that the character might be a caterpillar or similar that lived in a basement - in contrast to Kafka's beetle-like "bug". The nature of the creature seemed to be left to the reader's imagination.

I'd like to know the name of the story and its author. I didn't find anything suitable here.

*Or it might have been a couple of years earlier and for a younger audience.

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    How does the story go? Does a young man turn into a giant bug overnight? Then what happens? How does it end? How does it differ from Kafka's story, aside from being a different kind of bug?
    – user14111
    Nov 29 '21 at 22:21

Could this possibly be Tiptree's "Love is the Plan and the Plan is Death"? Wikipedia synopsis here.

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    How does that story fit the description? What's stopping you from quoting the Wikipedia synopsis in your answer, instead of only the link?
    – user14111
    Dec 1 '21 at 0:45
  • No. That's not it. Dec 1 '21 at 19:35

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