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    AC Benus

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    • 64 Stories
    • 23 Reviews
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    • 1,570,987 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.
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      • 2011 Poetry Anthology: Into the Unknown
      • 2012 Poetry Anthology: Cracks of Time
      • 2013 Poetry Anthology: Whispers in the Dark
      • 2014 Poetry Anthology: A Storm Is Coming
      • 2015 Poetry Anthology: Remember
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  1. The Round People - a Novel

    By AC Benus, in Fiction. 03/27/2014 (Updated: 04/19/2014)

    10 people; 8 hours – conflict and opportunity

  2. Judas Tree – Novella One 1. The Judas Tree Novellas

    By AC Benus, in Fiction. 08/22/2014 (Updated: 08/25/2014)

    Sometimes evil wears the garb of generosity and 'guidance,' and the young can sense this destructiveness around them. From ages ten to fourteen, Simon has his inherent goodness and resolve tested by the shady undercurrents within the small town where he is growing up. Will he come out on the other side of his adolescence as pure as he went into it? These five novellas will explore questions of faith and Simon's process of becoming a young man.

  3. Farther Along - Novella Two 2. The Judas Tree Novellas

    By AC Benus, in Fiction. 08/30/2014 (Updated: 09/05/2014)

    Eleven-year-old Simon has a chance meeting, and spends time with an out couple. He is forced to deal with society's fears, and his own prejudice, on what Gay people are supposed to be like. This is pitted against the reality of Greg and Joey as a happy, and ordinary pair.

  4. Bound & Bound – the Curse and the Captives –

    By AC Benus, in Fiction. 12/27/2014 (Updated: 07/28/2015)

    Emeric's life sucks; he's unhappy, drifting, lonely and sad. Things go from bad to crazy with the opening of a set of secrets that no one could have prepared him for. He quickly wonders whom he can trust, who is working for 'them,' and why this misfortune fell upon his shoulders in the first place. A twisting thread through history pulls him tighter and tighter, and eventually, either he or the binding may snap.

  5. Whitman’s eyes and Cavafy’s days

    By AC Benus, in 2015 Poetry Anthology: Remember. 03/15/2015 (Updated: 03/15/2015)

    A brief encounter in a bar, but one that turns out to be uniting in spirit.

  6. Destiny - a novel 2. Linked

    By AC Benus, in Fiction. 06/18/2015 (Updated: 10/10/2015)

    Teenager Jack Shaw has a problem: he has to fight for his life and watch his best friend, his mom, and his beloved boyfriend all struggle along with him. Will he – will they all – make it?

  7. It's Only Natural

    By AC Benus, in Fall - Blurred Edges. 09/10/2015 (Updated: 09/10/2015)

    Making a cup of coffee in the morning, a man considers a painful souvenir of happier times.

  8. The Modern Magi, or Miracle at the Angel Tree

    By AC Benus, in 2015 - Secret Santa Short Story. 12/16/2015 (Updated: 12/16/2015)

    Like a bad penny, somethings we just can't get rid of.

  9. Sunshine

    By AC Benus, in 2016 - Secret Admirer Short Story. 02/04/2016 (Updated: 02/04/2016)

    A young man agrees to meet an admirer on Valentine's Day, and both witness how fate can work behind the scenes.

  10. Khalid and Kalil

    By AC Benus, in Fall - Blindsided / The Forgotten. 11/10/2016 (Updated: 11/10/2016)

    Kalil's family has kidnapped the son of an important man. Even though he's only sixteen, the boy is called upon to do extraordinary things.

  11. A Half-Ounce of Gold 3. The XXX Series

    By AC Benus, in Fiction. 02/01/2017 (Updated: 02/15/2017)

    Chance meetings can lead to casual affairs, but they can also start a slow unfolding of the heart. This happens to an American in Bali when a stranger shows him a thing or two.

    **this story contains graphic sexual situations**

  12. The Gay Experience

    By AC Benus, in Non-Fiction. 02/13/2017 (Updated: 05/26/2017)

    Essays inspired by readings from a collection of short stories – with lots of sexy details...

  13. Suffer No Fools

    By AC Benus, in 2017- April Fool's. 02/26/2017 (Updated: 03/11/2017)

    Two unlikely souls come together for a consultation, but what is it the Punk is not telling the older lady, and what is it she's not telling herself?

  14. Campfires and Starlight - a novella

    By AC Benus, in Fiction. 06/04/2018 (Updated: 07/09/2018)

    Remembering summer nights and lakeside settings, best friends come together to renew their camping traditions one year after graduating high school. Lee is nervous his drunken coming out via Skype has ruined everything. But an invite and the glimmer of hope they can repair their friendship is impossible for him to turn down, especially after Lee spent a lonely year at college.

  15. Somewhere a Life with You

    By AC Benus, in Fiction. 06/09/2018 (Updated: 06/12/2018)

    I post this two part Whitman-based cantata in celebration of Pride Month.

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