Shub-Niggurath, also known as the Black Goat of the Woods with its Ten Thousand Kindred (sometimes translated as "The Goat of the Ten Thousand Breeders") is one of the fictional deities of the Cthulhu mythology of H.P. Lovecraft.
In fact, despite being an Outer God, Shub-Niggurath is never described in any of Lovecraft's stories, but it is frequently mentioned or called in enchantments. Shub-Niggurath is a perverse deity of fertility, described as a huge nebula mass from which protrude black tentacles, mouths from which saliva falls, and short, twisted goat legs. She is very adored by the druid and barbarian cults.
Both Stephen King and Terry Pratchett have referred to Shub-Niggurath in their works. Terry Pratchett generally parodies the gods created by Lovecraft as the things of the Dungeon Dimensions. For example, Images in Action (1993) has "Tshup Aklathep, The Starfleet Infernal with a Million Kindred," which kills its victims by showing them images of their children.
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