The Gnurrs Come from the Voodvork Out

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"The Gnurrs Come from the Voodvork Out" is the title of a short story by Reginald Bretnor, part of his comic Papa Schimmelhorn series (F&SF, Winter-Spring 1950). Papa Schimmelhorn invented a secret weapon — a musical pipe. When it's played, gnurrs swarm out of the woodwork and eat the enemy's pants.

So the gnurrs became a fannish catchphrase. Sometimes they signify a particularly harried situation, especially one that feels like a lot of hungry little animals all pouring out to gnaw away in a demoralizing fashion. Sometimes it's just fun to say, "The Gnurrs Come from the Voodvork Out!"

Robert Silverberg had a long-running column in Quandry called “From Der Voodvork Out.”

In 2001, Bretnor’s story was a finalist for the 1951 Best Short Story Retro Hugo.

See also: Creatures of Fandom.

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