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  1. AC Benus
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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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  1. Translation Trashbin 7. Verse

    By AC Benus, in Poetry. 10/20/2017 (Updated: 07/28/2021)

    • gay
    • philosophy
    • psychology
    • religion
    • love
    • depression

    A receptacle for my attempts at translating other poets’ work.

    • 28 Chapters
    • 11,533 Words
    • 21,732 Views
    • 260 Comments
    • Teen
    • Romance, Reference, Haiku
    • In Process
  2. Lorca's "Ode to Walt Whitman"

    By AC Benus, in Fiction. 06/25/2021 (Updated: 06/25/2021)

    • north america
    • coming of age
    • coming out
    • philosophy
    • psychology
    • politics
    A great panoply of Pride, Federico García Lorca's Oda a Walt Whitman has never been properly translated into English. Here for the first time is the work in the spirit in which this tremendous Gay artist created it – a reclaiming of turf; a pronouncement that we have always been here, and are not going away; a celebration of our diversity. Coming from a man who was to be killed for his orientation 9 years after this poem's publication, nothing could be more impactful for the LGBT+ Community today.
    This poem celebrates Us through the auspices of not one great Gay poet, but two!
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    • 2 Chapters
    • 1,689 Words
    • 287 Views
    • 4 Comments
    • Teen
    • Free-Verse
    • In Process
  3. Lorca’s "Love from the Darkness Sonnets"

    By AC Benus, in Fiction. 06/05/2021 (Updated: 06/18/2021)

    • coming of age
    • coming out
    • philosophy
    • psychology
    • religion
    • love

    written for Juan Ramírez de Lucas

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    • 6 Chapters
    • 3,066 Words
    • 596 Views
    • 14 Comments
    • Teen
    • Romance
    • In Process
  4. Demon Dream 17. Verse

    By AC Benus, in Fiction. 04/28/2021 (Updated: 05/07/2021)

    • demons
    • suspense
    • philosophy
    • psychology
    • religion
    • death

    Medieval Japan. A master and servant get stranded on a lonely road. Across the moor, a haunting songs leads them to a humble shack at dusk.

    Read and find out if dreams are nightmares we really can control or not...

    • 6 Chapters
    • 4,775 Words
    • 1,155 Views
    • 20 Comments
    • Teen
    • Horror
    • Complete
  5. WHITE-JACKET – A Man at War – A Filmscript 6. The Secret Melville

    By AC Benus, in Fiction. 07/25/2014 (Updated: 04/13/2021)

    • gay
    • death-defying
    • military
    • philosophy
    • psychology
    • death

    1845. In the spring Redburn leaves Peru for New York on a warship. He has nothing, and feels like a failure. Worst of all is the loss he leaves behind him in the Pacific – his husband is dead, and Toby is lost and presumably long buried. What awaits him in the fall when he arrives back 'home,' to a place he has not been for four years? There he must consider what his brother wants for him, against how Redburn might honor the noblest sacrifices of the men who love him have made.

    • 7 Chapters
    • 37,580 Words
    • 5,193 Views
    • 12 Comments
    • Mature
    • Adventure, Drama, Historical, Romance, Reference, Screenplay
    • Complete
  6. MARDI - At the Crossroads of Life and Art - A Film Script 4. The Secret Melville

    By AC Benus, in Fiction. 09/25/2013 (Updated: 04/09/2021)

    • demons
    • sorcery
    • death-defying
    • philosophy
    • religion
    • love

    1843. In a Polynesian paradise, something haunts Redburn. His dreams blend with the waking world, and he is driven to find himself while he seeks the lost love of his life.

    • 5 Chapters
    • 20,887 Words
    • 3,409 Views
    • 2 Comments
    • Mature
    • Thriller/Suspense, Adventure, Fantasy, Historical, Romance, Screenplay
    • Complete
  7. OMOO - A Lost Soul in the South Seas - A Film Script 3. The Secret Melville

    By AC Benus, in Fiction. 07/15/2013 (Updated: 03/29/2021)

    • teen
    • gay
    • boat
    • love

    1843. No lost soul is born into the world, but the world makes it so. Redburn must find Toby, nothing else matters, and on three ships of contrasts - well-governed, and hopeless - he thinks of only getting to land and looking for the man he loves.

    • 6 Chapters
    • 36,348 Words
    • 3,275 Views
    • 6 Comments
    • Mature
    • Thriller/Suspense, Adventure, Drama, Historical, Screenplay
    • Complete
  8. Pride Month, and other Haibun 13. Verse

    By AC Benus, in Non-Fiction. 08/25/2018 (Updated: 03/20/2021)

    • gay
    • coming of age
    • philosophy
    • psychology
    • religion
    • love

    Pieces combining sections of prose and poetry

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    • 15 Chapters
    • 7,467 Words
    • 9,306 Views
    • 138 Comments
    • Teen
    • Creative Non-Fic, Haiku, Free-Verse
    • Temporary Hold
  9. TYPEE - In the Valley of the Shadow of Death - A Filmscript 2. The Secret Melville

    By AC Benus, in Fiction. 05/27/2013 (Updated: 03/17/2021)

    • gay
    • suspense
    • death-defying
    • parents
    • religion
    • love

    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.

    • 7 Chapters
    • 39,143 Words
    • 4,747 Views
    • 18 Comments
    • Mature
    • Thriller/Suspense, Adventure, Drama, Historical, Romance, Screenplay
    • Complete
  10. REDBURN From Man to Boy – His First Voyage – A Filmscript 1. The Secret Melville

    By AC Benus, in Fiction. 05/04/2013 (Updated: 03/16/2021)

    • teen
    • first time
    • coming of age
    • death-defying
    • love

    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.

    • 6 Chapters
    • 36,257 Words
    • 7,336 Views
    • 24 Comments
    • Mature
    • Adventure, Drama, Historical, Screenplay
    • Complete
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