Hi! Webworm is me, David Farrier, worming my way into weird corners of the internet and beyond!
I’m a journalist and documentary maker who, like anyone, likes a good story.
Based in New Zealand, I tend to tell stranger stories, I suppose.
I also do a monthly podcast called Armchaired and Dangerous with Dax Shepard and Monica Padman. And I write this newsletter: Webworm. Recently I’ve been writing a lot about conspiracy theory culture. You might have heard me talking about some of this on Armchair Expert, too.
But my greatest achievement to date is probably this tweet, which seems to have been flung around the internet since I tweeted it in 2016.
Oh, how normal shit was back then.
So, what is Webworm?
Webworm is me doing what I love the most: worming my way into strange areas of the internet and real life, to bring you strange and fascinating stories from the edges of reality. The kind of stuff I’ve always loved exploring with my documentary work.
Webworm is my way of making a sense of the world. And in doing so, I hope I get to help you make sense of things, too. Webworm is a newsletter you sign up for that’s delivered direct to you inbox. It’s all 100% original writing and thoughts from me to you.
You can sign up for free and get the occasional Webworm delivered. Or — if it won’t cause you any financial hardship — you can become a paying subscriber.
In return for that, you’ll get more of my writing — and additional stuff like monthly AMAs, behind-the-scenes of my work, and access to all the archives. You’ll also be able to post comments and take part in the community I foster here. And you’ll know that you’re directly supporting the work I do here!
A membership is $6.99 a month, or $69.69 a year (USD). It’s cheaper than Netflix!
So to summarise, if you become a paid subscriber you’ll get —
Monthly AMAs, like this one
The Webworm podcast delivered direct to your inbox before anywhere else
Behind-the-scenes of projects I’ve worked on, or am currently working on
More personal essays, like this one
Me exploring the weird stuff that ends up in my mailbox like letters from Canada’s infamous murderer, Luka Magnotta
Pulling back the curtain on the stories I write, like The fallout from the Lonely story
Newsletters directly related to documentary making
Access to the archive of all my old stuff I’ve written here.
First dibs on very limited runs of Webworm tee shirts
Access to a very smart, polite and fun comments section (a rarity online these days!)
It’s nice to have you here. Welcome to Webworm.