GRAY WIDOWER (THE MIST)
Mist movie & Novella by Stephen King
Gray Widowers are deadly, spider-like predators, each about the size of a dog, which have the ability to produce corrosive spiderwebs that can burn through materials like clothing and flesh.
The Gray Widowers are described as black with yellow piping, 12-14 multiple-jointed legs, promegranate-like, pinkish-red eyes and appearing similar, yet almost entirely different, to spiders.
In the film, the Gray Widowers are greyish with eight spiny legs, long, thin spines, a wasp-like abdomen, four eyes, a spiny, insect-like thorax, and a skull-like head. They also produce vocal sounds ranging from low, vibrational growls to high, piercing shrieks.
Like in the novella, they can produce corrosive web strands and fire them as projectiles, but they can also lay eggs in living hosts. These eggs will appear as thousands of bulging boils on the host’s skin, which each burst open after about a day to release the new hatchlings. The hatchlings, Gray Widowletts, appear identical to the adults, except they are a brownish colour, and the size of terrestrial spiders
In the film, the Gray Widowers have a parasitic life cycle: they capture living hosts and lay thousands of eggs under each one’s skin. After about a day, the eggs hatch into thousands of Gray Widowletts which eat their way out of the host’s skin, killing it.