The mark of a spider? Big red bump obviously.
Or not. (Look at the cover of my Mark of the Spider.)
But which spider left its mark? I mean, what kind of arachnid?
This question arose (over and over and over again) as I wrote The Mark of the Spider.
A black widow (Latrodectus mactans)? Everybody knows this is the deadliest spider ever. (Except it’s probably not. It’s in the top ten, but likely not the most dangerous.)
A tarantula (spider family Theraphosidae)? Every horror movie uses these nasty looking creatures, but they rarely rank among the ten most dangerous. (See here, here, here and here.)
In general, among the 43,000 species of spider throughout the world, the ones to avoid have funnel, recluse, widow or wolf in their names. So the black (and other) widow spiders are nasty brutes, as you would expect with a name like widow.
Depending on your source, these are the most dangerous, venomous spiders in the world.
For my money, the nastiest looking is the Goliath Birdeater Tarantula (Theraphosa blondi), which is about the size of a dinner plate. This is it:
Goliath Birdeater, which is about the size of a dinner plate. Photo: Wonders World.
Imagine what it would look like in person, if it were black — and 10 feet tall.
But I digress.
BOT (Back on Topic)
My spider is black with hairy legs. It has no eyes, that I can see, and it is tiny enough to crawl unnoticed into a human ear and large enough to imprison a tall man inside its telephone pole-sized legs. And angry. Very angry. And vindictive.
That’s my spider.
I couldn’t find that in nature. So, the spider in The Mark of the Spider exists in my mind, and yours. That should make you shudder.
The Mark of the Spider, Book 1 of the Black Orchid Chronicles, is available on Amazon in digital and trade paperback (5.5 x 8.5″, 334 pp.) formats.
Enjoy it today; review it tomorrow.