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Rodolfo Ferraresi, in his essay "The Question of Shub-Niggurath", says that Lovecraft himself separated the two in his writings, such as in "Out of the Aeons" in which a distinction is made between Shub-Niggurath and the Black Goat — the goat is the figurehead through which Shub-Niggurath is worshipped. The most persuasive distinction, however, is the depiction of the Black Goat as a male, most notably in the rite performed in " The Whisperer in Darkness " in which the Black Goat is called the "Lord of the Woods".
In this incarnation, the Black Goat may represent Satan in the form of the satyr, a half-man, half-goat. In folklore, the satyr symbolized a man with excessive sexual appetites. The Black Goat may otherwise be a male, earthly form of Shub-Niggurath — an incarnation she assumes to copulate with her worshipers.
She is associated with Cybeles and Atys. The current residence of Shub-Niggurath remains a mystery. A popular hypothesis is the planet Yaddith, beneath the surface of which it resides with its dhole servitors.
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However, it is postulated in R. Tierney's "The Lords of Pain" that the Black Goat of the Woods came to earth, building the city of Harag-Kolath in a cavern beneath southern Arabia, though its possible the cavern and Harag-Kolath exist conterminously with Yaddith or are linked to it. It is also possible that Shub-Niggurath remains at the court of Azathoth, or even in another dimension entirely. Terry Pratchett parodies Lovecraftian gods, referring to them as the things from the "Dungeon Dimensions". Some of the Doctor Who spin-off novels have identified the Nestene Consciousness the being which animates the Autons as one of the offspring of Shub-Niggurath.
The connection was first drawn in Millennial Rites by Craig Hinton, and has been followed up in other appearances of the Consciousness in the novels. The light novel and anime series "Overlord" makes a reference to her, as the main character casts a spell that summons Shub-Niggurath's offspring to destroy an enemy army. He sacrifices 70, enemy troops to summon five Dark Young, using them to slaughter an additional 90, for a total of , However, this ritual is used in plain sight, and not in the woods during a new moon.
The first works in the series were several individual pornographic doujin that were self-published by Pochi, with the series being later picked up and turned into a mainstream manga series by Kodakowa Publishing.
Pochi has stated that she considers both series to ba canon. In his stunning debut, Ireman has built the type of world so vivid and engrossing that leaving it at the end is agony. In spite of leaning toward grimdark, where authors often enshroud every scene in depressing darkness, there is no lack of cheerful moments or brilliant scenery.
Yet the pangs of near-instant nostalgia that come after you put down a book like this have less to do with the inspired setting, and far more to do with those who inhabit it. From savage, unremorseful heroes, to deep, introspective villains, the cast of this story is comprised of believable characters capable of unthinkable actions. And it is these characters -- the ones you wish you could share a drink with or end up wanting to kill -- that forge the connection between fantasy and reality.
Keethro, Titon, Ethel, Annora. These are names you will never forget, and each belongs to a man or woman as unique as they are memorable. No book would be complete without a its fair share of intrigue, however, and there is no lack of it here. Each chapter leaves you wanting more, and Ireman's masterful use of misdirection leads to an abundance of "oh shit" moments. Do not be fooled or do -- perhaps that's part of the fun by storylines that may appear trope-ish at first. This is no fairytale. Fafhrd and the Gray Mouser. This one makes the list because most modern fantasy readers have never ever heard of the fantasy series.
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And this is a crying shame because many of the modern fantasy books, especially those that follow some of the classic sword and sorcery conventions, draw heavy inspiration from Fafhrd and the Gray Mouser stories, either directly or indirectly. Fafhrd and the Gray Mouser is especially influential on the whole gritty urban fantasy movement think Dresden that's been going on in recent years; I'd argue even that these stories are the defining influence on the subgenre.
And despite this, most people don't even know the name of the author. Make sure you read these despite the age, they are enthralling and you'll quickly see why they've influenced a generation of writers. Gritty detective fantasy in a warzone — this is The Dresden Files before Dresden. Cook carefully crafts a gritty, nasty place in the city of TunFaire. Virtually unknown by most and recently reprinted, The God Stalker Chronicles are very underrated. For those in the know, this is one of the better unknown series out there.
The author incorporates a number of different elements from Eastern mythology, martial arts, and heroic fantasy, making this quite a unique fantasy. This is the story of her search for her long-lost brother, her people, and a destiny. There's plenty of action and some deep characterization, but what makes this series stand out is that underneath the fantasy trappings, some very deep issues are explored: self-determination, the price of honor, family and what it means to have family, identity, loyalty and its limits, and so on.
The Chronicles of Prydain. You might call this a more focused, mini version of The Lord of the Rings and one that most of you will probably never have heard of. It's an older fantasy series, but one that still has that magic that will keep you reading till the wee hours of the morn. It is highly influenced by Welsh folklore, and while the world-building and mythos is not as well-developed as Tolkien's Middle Earth, there's still a lot there certainly more than most of the new fantasy books.
The story unfolds in the land of Prydain a world that's steeped in Welsh mythology. The young hero of the story starts off as a Pig Keeper and dreams of becoming a hero until the unlikely opportunity arrives where he becomes just that, and finds it's not all it's cracked up to be. Like many high-fantasy tales, this is a classic coming-of-age story with a deep exploration of wisdom, love, loss, and the road to adulthood, but one that's lovingly told through the talented strokes of Alexander's pen.
This is one that not only kids will thoroughly enjoy, but adults as well the story is one that transcends age.
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The plot is highly original: it follows the exploits of Hari Michelson, an man living in a futuristic cast-bound world as an actor, a day job that basically requires Hari, under the guise of an alter ego named Caine, to brutally murder people in another reality for the entertainment of billions. Life is not fair, the innocent are crushed and like the title suggests, heroes die. Stover is criminally unknown in the fantasy world; with the exception of a select few people who toss his name around with whispers on forums, the average fantasy reader will have never heard of him.
Another series that seems to be virtually ignored by the general public. I love how the main character is backed against the wall time and time again and forced to come up with some ingenious but completely believable solution to the problems surrounding him. The characters really grow and develop over the series as does the plot, which becomes more and more complex. Her Coldfire trilogy is one of the more underrated series out there. This is a series that requires you to read and to pay attention to the details and the characters. The characterization is top notch, with a cast of characters that include one of the most interesting anti-hero characters in the genre.
Friedman jumps right into the deepest psyche of the main characters, and through them really explores the concept of human morality. This is not just a story about some great quest, but also the quest to understand the morality of man and what actually defines it. The characters are made even more indelible as they stand out in dark contrast against the world itself — a primal dark place where the dark imagination of mankind directly manifests itself as monsters that prey on humankind.
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A hugely influential high-fantasy series that's inspired many of the great fantasy writers. It's an older work, published decades ago, and probably now out of print, which is perhaps why most modern fantasy readers haven't read it.
But that doesn't mean you shouldn't! His prose is so delicious you'll want to lick it, then lick it again. Every word belongs, every sentence is as crisp as a potato chip without any of the extra fat. Vance merges Tolkien and Old English myth with the likes of the Grimm Brothers; it's high fantasy in the highest sense: faeries, ogres, witches, kings, queens, children, knights, and monsters populate his rich world.
All in all, it's a spellbinding tale that should be read by all and sundry. Jack Vance is one of the pillars of the science fiction and fantasy world. If I could pick out three works that have influenced the speculative fiction genre, they would be Dune, Lord of the Rings, and Lyonesse and it's so tragic that out of these three magnificent works, Lyonesse has been virtually forgotten. You know the world is not fair and will never be fair when the latest trash spewed out by the likes of Goodkind is eagerly consumed by millions of readers, while the truly great works of fantasy literature like Lyonesse are virtually ignored, out of print, and doomed to a life of dusty shelf abandonment.
The Fionavar Tapestry.
Guy Galverial Kay is by no means a forgotten author, but his first fantasy series, The Fionavar Tapestry seems to be ignored by most. Early in the fourth season it is revealed that her goal is to free her maker, the fallen angel Lucifer , from his imprisonment in Hell. The protagonists' attempts to thwart her plan is the main plot of that season. As a "destroyer of children and seducer of men", the character initially possesses little girls but is later depicted as possessing young women in attempt by the writers to avoid showing violence towards children on-screen.
The character received generally favorable reviews from critics, particularly for her role in " No Rest for the Wicked ". In season 15 , Lilith is resurrected by God from The Empty.