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    AC Benus

    • Author: Signature Author
    • 57 Stories
    • 3,997 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. 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.

  2. Destiny - a novel

    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?

  3. Cast Stones, and Other Ni-Chome Tales

    By AC Benus, in Fiction. 03/29/2013 (Updated: 04/22/2013)

    Seven Short Stories
    From the Gay Heart
    Of Tokyo

  4. 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.

  5. The Round People - a Novel

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

    10 people; 8 hours – conflict and opportunity

  6. Dignity - a novel

    By AC Benus, in Fiction. 05/16/2014 (Updated: 07/12/2014)

    Jack Shaw has a problem: he hates being Jack Shaw. He pulls his best friend Dawn into a solution, and both wind up in tough positions. What, if anything, can lead them back?

  7. Becoming Real

    By AC Benus, in Fiction. 12/14/2013 (Updated: 12/29/2013)

    One Coming Out in Seven Short Stories

  8. 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.

  9. A Marriage Below Zero - opera libretto

    By AC Benus, in Fiction. 01/14/2014 (Updated: 01/26/2014)

    Elsie breaks her vow. She promised to never love him, but fell for the man she married.

  10. MOBY-DICK – Revenge and Redemption – A Filmscript 5. The Secret Melville

    By AC Benus, in Fiction. 11/22/2013 (Updated: 01/21/2014)

    November 1843 to February 1844. In probably the greatest same-sex love story ever told, one man's soul is redeemed by an act of self-sacrificing love, while all the rest are damned by a single man's hate.

  11. 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.
     

  12. TYPEE - In the Valley of the Shadow of Death - A Filmscript 2. The Secret Melville

    By AC Benus, in Fiction. 05/27/2013 (Updated: 06/10/2013)

    The South Pacific, 1842. These are powder-keg times, and in the midst of French Imperial gun boat diplomacy, Redburn has had enough of the sea. He draws a reluctant Toby into an adventure, and in the process loses something more valuable to him than his own life.

  13. PIERRE and the AMBIGUITIES – A Filmscript 7. The Secret Melville

    By AC Benus, in Fiction. 10/15/2015 (Updated: 11/13/2015)

    1851. Redburn is a success. Guided by a wily critic, he has seen his sea novels become popular. However, his relationship with him is troubled, and he feels 'love' may not be in his patron's heart. Against this backdrop he begins writing his first 'land novel' and conjures up a character named Pierre. This fictional young man faces many of the same pressures and difficulties as his creator. Unfortunately for both, reality comes crashing home in heartbreaking ways.

  14. 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.

  15. REDBURN From Man to Boy – His First Voyage – A Filmscript 1. The Secret Melville

    By AC Benus, in Fiction. 05/04/2013 (Updated: 05/15/2013)

    It is the summer of 1839. A 19-year-old boy sets out to be a man. He chooses the sea, or it chooses him, because it is a place where men who love as he does can escape society's pronouncements upon them. The boy unknowingly begins a classic hero's journey of self-discovery – travels 'there,' discovers his task is a deeply personal one, then returns 'home' to find home is not where he wants to be anymore.

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