Clyde B Northrup

Biography

Who am I?–a question I often ask myself, without ever coming up with a satisfactory answer: am I just a husband, father, professor, scholar, writer, poet, or some combination that changes from moment to moment, depending on the day, and time of day. . . . Nah, not really–but it is an intriguing way to begin–kind of mysterious and tormented, with a hint of instability that promotes empathy in the reader, and lets all of you know that I am a professor of English, down to my bones, and I cannot help but play around with language. My areas of specialty are 19th-20th century British Literature, the novel, Tolkien & fantasy; my dissertation was on Tolkien’s 1939 lecture “On Fairy-stories” in which he created a framework, as I discovered, for the epic fantasy that I used to critique several modern/contemporary works of fantasy, including Tolkien’s. I have taught at the university level for 14 years and began using WebCT six years ago to create the ‘hybrid course’, so a totally online course is a new animal for me. My wife, of 24 years, is an elementary school teacher, and our four children have begun leaving home, so we have only two still with us full-time.

We like British comedy–I watched the Flying Circus when it first aired in America and showed our children, uh, edited versions of it; I also saw SNL when it was still called the “Not Quite Ready for Prime Time Players”, and we discussed both in my advanced Math & Physics courses in high school. So here is the home page of Red Dwarf: http://www.reddwarf.co.uk/news/index.cfm a sci fi sitcom that still makes us laugh. We are currently enjoying the reboot of Doctor Who.

As a poet, I am much like Wordsworth, while as a novelist, I am more like his pal Coleridge, both of which illustrate the influence of my education and areas of expertise. My poems are predominantly narrative in nature, reflecting, no doubt, the overwhelming impulse to tell a story, using the compact, compressed form of the poem to narrate significant moments in the daily life of the poet. As a novelist, my biggest influence is Tolkien, flowing out of my study of his ideas for what he called a “fairy-story” for adults, what we term epic fantasy.

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Books

House of Potimus: Book 6 of The Redemption
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Series: The Redemption, Book 6. Price: $3.99 USD. Words: 136,300. Language: English. Published: May 7, 2014. Category: Fiction » Fantasy » Epic
Following their victory over Whitesun and Gar, and mourning the loss of Klare, the chosen seek the incantation that will enable them to restore Klaybear's wife; their victory is not without cost, for both Holvar and Karble, the seklesi and kortexi orders, have been destroyed. Their only hope is to find the secret fortress of Potimus, original thief, which fortress protects this lost incantation.
Xythrax's End: Book 5 of The Redemption
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Series: The Redemption, Book 5. Price: $3.99 USD. Words: 148,370. Language: English. Published: October 24, 2013. Category: Fiction » Fantasy » Epic
In the fifth volume of the series, the chosen, flush from their victory over Gwenatera, and their rejection of Gar, they move against the red kailum, testing their newly discovered invulnerability, but this power comes with a cost: Gar and his minions know exactly where they are. This enables Gar's minions to snatch one of the chosen, leaving them vulnerable and clueless to his location. . . .
Rod of Melbarth: Book 4 of The Redemption
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Series: The Redemption, Book 4. Price: $3.99 USD. Words: 146,360. Language: English. Published: October 12, 2013. Category: Fiction » Fantasy » Epic
In this fourth book of The Redemption series, the chosen continue their search for Melbarth's rod while the general populace actively seek to destroy them; they locate the missing rod and confront the rod's terrible guardian.
Exhalations from the Grave
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Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 6,590. Language: English. Published: October 9, 2013. Category: Fiction » Poetry » Themes & motifs
This collection of poems includes those that are inspired by Halloween, by nature, by people and events; it also includes the Science Fiction series of poems, "The Tragedy of Simly & Lorella," a tale of star-crossed lovers in the 22nd century.
The Broiler Pit 2: More Memories of a Misbegotten Childhood
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Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 9,280. Language: English. Published: October 8, 2013. Category: Fiction » Poetry » Themes & motifs
This second volume of Broiler Pit poems continues to focus on memories of growing up in Idaho's only seaport, Lewiston, during the 1960s and 70s; these poems record feelings of life in a time and place that no longer exist, except in the memory of those who lived through these times, sometimes happy, sometimes sad, most often comical, but different from the world in which we currently reside.
The Morgle Unmasked: Book 3 of The Redemption
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Series: The Redemption, Book 3. Price: $3.99 USD. Words: 157,310. Language: English. Published: April 11, 2013. Category: Fiction » Fantasy » Epic
The chosen begin their search for the attacker of Shigmar, who holds Melbarth's Rod, in their effort to recover the rod. This search leads them deep into the swamp named Mariskal where they find the solitary monsters have banded together and begun to attack the areas nearest the Mariskal.
Ode to a Stump Farm: Fragments of Memory Lost
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Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 10,700. Language: English. Published: April 11, 2013. Category: Fiction » Poetry » Themes & motifs
A collection of poems about life as a teenager, living in the north woods during the 1970s that recapture some of the joy and pain of growing up in the small north Idaho logging town of Priest River.
Staff of Shigmar: Book 2 of The Redemption
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Series: The Redemption, Book 2. Price: $3.99 USD. Words: 117,490. Language: English. Published: October 4, 2012. Category: Fiction » Fantasy » Epic
In this second book of The Redemption series, the chosen seek out the staff of the first kailu, Shigmar, and discover the heavy consequences of using such a powerful artifact to save the city and school of the kailum.
The Broiler Pit: Memories of a Misbegotten Childhood
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Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 16,080. Language: English. Published: September 5, 2012. Category: Fiction » Poetry » Contemporary Poetry
A collection of original poems that record memories of growing up in a small town in the northwest--Idaho's only seaport--during the 1960s and 1970s.
Stones in the Stream: Reflections of Matters of the Spirit
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Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 12,250. Language: English. Published: July 2, 2012. Category: Fiction » Poetry » Spiritual
A collection of spiritual poems to enlighten the soul and liven the spirit, from an LDS perspective on things of the family and the Spirit.
Chosen of the One: Book 1 of The Redemption
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Series: The Redemption, Book 1. Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 99,130. Language: English. Published: July 2, 2012. Category: Fiction » Fantasy » Epic
The first book in The Redemption series, an epic fantasy in which the heroes, the "chosen," must find three keys that will enable them to send Gar, the Lord of Evil, into oblivion, freeing the people from his corrupting influence; the chosen begin, however, ignorant of their call, each of them marked and damaged by Gar, which leads them to be rejected by those whom they would save.
Words Fail: Confessions of an Incurable Romantic
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Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 9,780. Language: English. Published: June 30, 2012. Category: Fiction » Poetry » Contemporary Poetry
A collection of original poems concerning matters of the heart, and the relationships between a man and a woman.

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