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    AC Benus

    • Author: Signature Author
    • 57 Stories
    • 3,996 Reviews
    • 1,375,767 Words
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    With a degree in Fine Arts, and a long professional career in design, AC brings unflinching attention to detail to his writings and poetry. He strives for emotional realness in all circumstances, and excels at structure and dialogue. A love of history, philosophy, and the humanities informs his work, while having honed his craft from his adolescence has allowed him to delve into the workings of the human heart. He also has a wicked sense of humor.
  1. One Hundred and Fifty-Five Sonnets 5. Verse

    By AC Benus, in Fiction. 01/13/2016 (Updated: 10/11/2017)

  2. A Man in a Room, and other poems 6. Verse

    By AC Benus, in Fiction. 09/01/2016 (Updated: 09/24/2017)

    poems written when I was 21 years old

  3. Of Prophets, Saints and Sinners 8. Christmas at Famous-Barr

    By AC Benus, in Fiction. 12/07/2016 (Updated: 12/25/2016)

    Earth-shattering events are few and far between, but when they come, they have lingering effects.

    Two teenage boys were swept up by the winds of change, and punished for it. A firebrand reformer enlists the help of a reluctant correspondent, and both unwittingly help a department store man come up with a durable innovation to bring a little joy into people's lives.

  4. Right Where We Live 5. Christmas at Famous-Barr

    By AC Benus, in Fiction. 11/26/2016 (Updated: 12/05/2016)

    The first Christmas in six years without the world being at war; there is hope, there is remembrance, and there is uncertainty.

    The store's family feel is reinforced weekly with the publication of "Store Chat," but it takes effort. So does social justice. The Elevator Captain, the Editor, the Columnist, an Elevator Operator and her young son all strive for the renewed potential of Christmas in peacetime.
     

  5. Practically Perfect 4. Christmas at Famous-Barr

    By AC Benus, in Fiction. 11/10/2016 (Updated: 11/24/2016)

    We all hurt. It seems the only cure is being willing to see things through the eyes of others.

    The store's display department is incredibly busy. One young man's strained relationship with his boss is complicated by the arrival of an outsider from Hollywood, and a young woman he meets by chance.
     

  6. Famous Bear and the Ivory Tower of Commerce 2. Christmas at Famous-Barr

    By AC Benus, in Fiction. 11/05/2016 (Updated: 11/08/2016)

    Lots of ordinary things pass us by while we're busy doing other stuff. However, sometimes the veil gets thin and glimpses peek through of something brighter.

    Harry and his buddies go downtown for a day of hanging out. They're seventeen-year-old guys with a lot on their minds, although by their take-life-as-it-comes attitudes you'd never know it.

  7. A Better Place 1. Christmas at Famous-Barr

    By AC Benus, in Fiction. 11/02/2016 (Updated: 11/02/2016)

    Angela is stuck. It's Christmas Eve and she and her young daughter have to be in town for an unpleasant task. After dinner they take a stroll through the holiday streets and discover something pretty amazing.

  8. My Twentieth Year 4. Verse

    By AC Benus, in Poetry. 01/10/2016 (Updated: 08/18/2016)

    verse written in a pivotal year for me

  9. Wini and the King of Someplace 7. Christmas at Famous-Barr

    By AC Benus, in Fiction. 06/16/2016 (Updated: 08/03/2016)

    Winifred Barrett is good. She was brought in to help meld two corporate identities into one, and winds up taking on more and more responsibilities. Could a career woman back then have it all? One would think not….

    Through a series of her letters and journal entries, we learn the answer.

     

  10. It Had to be Good! - Christmas at Famous-Barr 1929 6. Christmas at Famous-Barr

    By AC Benus, in Fiction. 12/01/2015 (Updated: 12/27/2015)

    Great things are happening in the city's 'Big Three' department stores, and at one in particular, circumstances are bringing an unlikely group of people together. But the thing is, none of us know it's 'history' while we're living it.

  11. Lyrics for Tony - a collection of poems 1. Verse

    By AC Benus, in Poetry. 05/23/2015 (Updated: 12/06/2015)

    verse for Tony

  12. Katie's Sketchbook - Christmas at Famous-Barr 1976 3. Christmas at Famous-Barr

    By AC Benus, in Fiction. 11/02/2015 (Updated: 11/24/2015)

    In many ways Sloan Stevenson is a regular guy. A product of the modern world of Studio 54 and the 'do your own thing' attitude of the swinging 70s, he has his thoughts of independence shaken by meeting a great guy and his twelve-year-old daughter, Katie.

  13. Twenty-Two Early Poems 3. Verse

    By AC Benus, in Poetry. 09/07/2015 (Updated: 10/08/2015)

    written from ages fourteen to nineteen

  14. Poems for Ross 2. Verse

    By AC Benus, in Poetry. 07/13/2015 (Updated: 08/30/2015)

  15. The Codeword – Novella Five 5. The Judas Tree Novellas

    By AC Benus, in Fiction. 10/22/2014 (Updated: 11/01/2014)

    Fourteen-year-old Simon is getting a haircut. He has choices: a crew cut or a mullet; to continue his isolation, or to murmur a personal 'open sesame.' Later, with a little help from his friends, he finds out he is not nearly as alone as he imagined. And he suddenly can face the prospects of a long summer and entering high school in the fall with hope.

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