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2017 Poet of the Year
Barb Hensongispsaca

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My love to everyone, friends and those I have never met. I heard about Dean and I don't want another day to go by without saying that.
August 24, 2019 at 12:52PM

damommy: My love to you. You're so right - we never know when we won't have another chance. - August 24, 2019 at 1:06PM

mrsmajor: I so agree with you....we aren't promised a tomorrow, and so right now, I send my love to you and all those I have never met...(you too damommy)...Hugs! - August 24, 2019 at 1:16PM

lyenochka: Thank you so much, Barb. I was wondering if you knew about Dean. Sending love and prayers and hope you'll be back soon! - August 24, 2019 at 2:17PM


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I just can't believe that two of the best writers/ reviewers have passed. First Michael and now Dean. I am so sad. FS will not be the same now. My thoughts are with Dean's family. Jen.
August 24, 2019 at 3:45AM

2016 Poet Of The Year
Dean Kuch

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FanStory wrote:  We are saddened to share the news of the passing of a FanStory author and friend Dean Kuch. He was the 2016 Poet of the Year and the winner of many contests. He was an accomplished horror writer. He was always quick to share his humor in the forums. He would also spend the time needed when reviewing to help other authors. He was the co-author of Tales of Horror on Halloween Night. He will be greatly missed.
August 23, 2019 at 10:15PM

Ms. Snyder: I will miss this man so much! I don?t think FS will be the same to me. Very sorry for the loss to family and friends. - August 23, 2019 at 10:32PM

krys123: Dear Dean;
>You know now. You're there! Wish you peace and happy dream inventing, as you'll be busy collecting graces and prayers from us, here, down under! Chuckle!
>Take care buddy, especially with all those who dearly will miss you, until our time comes.
>Oh by the way. Give 'em a scare up there, will ya!
Alx Krys - August 24, 2019 at 12:11AM

rama devi: A gem of a guy....kind, gifted, unique. RIP, my friend. - August 24, 2019 at 2:33AM

Sandra du Plessis: Rest in peace. It is a sad loss for FanStory, friends and family. - August 24, 2019 at 2:46AM

sandramitchell: I just can't believe Dean's gone! He was one of the best. Our very own Steven King and no one will ever replace him. RIP my friend. - August 24, 2019 at 3:10AM

WalkerMan: Rest in Peace, my friend. You are with God, now, and all those demons haunting you for so long cannot reach you ever again. We will all remember the warm heart and sense of humor behind your horror poems and tales. The best of your Earthly presence will live on in the hearts of all you touched. I feel honored to have known you.
- August 24, 2019 at 3:11AM

Dorothy Farrell: I am truly shocked to hear about the passing of Dean. So unexpected. RIP Dean - a valued member of FS. x - August 24, 2019 at 5:53AM

Bill Schott: I am so sad that Dean has passed. He was a unique voice here. His horror and humor, combined with his helpful and bolstering reviews made him a sought-after star. We will see his like again. - August 24, 2019 at 7:42AM

Bill Schott: We will not see his like again. - August 24, 2019 at 7:45AM

pome lover: what a sad thing. I did not know he was ill. He was a unique guy full of life. Though he often wrote of dire things, he was passionate about writing and had a good sense of humor. He was a talented writer and thorough "critiquer." We will all miss him.
pome lover - August 24, 2019 at 12:56PM

aryr: I knew of him for his talents and skills of creating both horror and humor. He always offered kind suggestions. He will be missed. God speed. - August 24, 2019 at 2:09PM

lyenochka: Dean will always be missed. His kind reviews and his warm welcome to new members and his flair with all kinds of gifs and poems presented with flair for the eyes and ears to enjoy. - August 24, 2019 at 2:23PM

Richard J: A tremendous loss to the FanStory family.
Dean was a unique and special kind of man, poet, and friend to all who ever had the opportunity of enjoying his writings, conversations, helpful reviews, and generous caring with everyone.
Bless you, Dean Kuch, for all eternity ... you definitely left your mark indelibly on the world. - August 24, 2019 at 2:35PM

Michele Harber: OMG, I'm so sorry to hear this. Rest in peace, Dean, and keep the angels entertained. - August 24, 2019 at 2:37PM

Meia (MESAYERS): very sad x
- August 24, 2019 at 2:38PM

l.raven: I?m so sorry for the passing of Dean...he was a very talented writer....and will be so missed...a friend to so many...The Master of Horror...Rest In Peace my sweet Linda xxoo - August 24, 2019 at 3:57PM


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Three things I've learned from being on this site. One, there are many gifted and generous writers here that share their knowledge, two, I am not a poet, and three, I can't write novels. I'm a short-story prose writer and for now that it is enough.
August 23, 2019 at 8:38PM


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I just spoke to Douglas Paul's son. Douglas is back in the hospital. Brett, the son, said there were indications that it go could either way. We'll pray it goes in his favor. Douglas has been a good friend to many on FS.
August 23, 2019 at 2:23PM

sandramitchell: Oh, No, not Douglas as well! I'll keep him in my prayers. What a sad day this has turned out to be. He was a great friend and I've missed him loads. If you hear more, let us know, want you? Thanks for passing this on. Yvonne. xxx - August 23, 2019 at 5:34PM

davisr (Rhonda): Oh my! My prayers are with both families, and these on the heels of losing Mikey a few months ago. - August 23, 2019 at 5:40PM

damommy: It's been a bad year for losing friends. Still, Douglas may rally. I wouldn't be surprised if he does. His great attitude has carried him far past what the doctors predicted. If I hear more, I'll certainly share it. - August 23, 2019 at 6:57PM


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I've been talking with Dean Kuch's daughter, Chelsea, via Facebook.

It is with great regret that Dean passed away last night at around 9pm.

Sad times
August 23, 2019 at 5:26AM

DR DIP: i have just read this on facebook G MAN I am totally devastated
from the very first day back in may 2013 Dean friended me, guided me, encouraged me to believe in myself
I will sorely miss him

dip - August 23, 2019 at 5:33AM

giraffmang: I think there'll be a lot of similar stories, Dip. He helped me so much when I started, too. - August 23, 2019 at 5:45AM

juliaSjames: Rest in peace, Dean. - August 23, 2019 at 9:04AM

mrsmajor: I am so terribly saddened by this news, Dean was such a special part of Fanstory...May he rest in peace...and my Prayers go out for his family.... - August 23, 2019 at 9:27AM

damommy: Oh, no! I was expecting him to pull through and be back anytime. Who will write the horror stories now? My prayers are for his family whose hearts are breaking today. - August 23, 2019 at 1:28PM

damommy: Does anyone know what will become of Gidget, his beloved little Chihuahua? He loved her so much! - August 23, 2019 at 2:17PM

TheStoryMan: I got the news of Deans passing as soon as I got off work this morning - Im still just in shock of this and really sad and hurt that such a great writer that I met here is now not here anymore - not many poets blow me away and Ive been around the writing community in and out for many a year - Dean was a rare breed that I believe one day will be recognized for his brilliance and excellent way of writing - not just here on fanstory we all knew of his gift - but worldwide hes that good - Dean Ill miss ya buddy - I always looked forward to your post and reviews - a fellow Marine you took your writing to a different level bro - I salute you man - 9 pm last night the thunderstorms of thunderstorms passed thru Baltimore and crashed and stormed so bad it woke me out of a sound sleep - Im certain you were meeting Poe and wow the skies where the lightening was going ballistic and the thunder roaring like never before - I should have knew this wasn't normal and had a special meaning - God Bless and rest your soul to one of the best writers ever I got the pleasure to read and correspond with - Semper Fi brother - your friend Ron ! - August 23, 2019 at 3:25PM

susand3022: I was so very sad to hear of Dean's passing today. His scary stories with music and moving pictures always had me in late-night shivers! I'm going to miss him very much and am sure that whenever I need a "Dean fix" I'll be visiting his FS account. Farewell, my good friend. You will be sorely missed by us all. :( - August 23, 2019 at 4:42PM

Sandra du Plessis: It is once again sad news. Condolences to the family of Dean Kuch. Rest in peace dear friend. - August 23, 2019 at 4:45PM

davisr (Rhonda): If ever a man was born who flowed in the dark, it was Dean. His light always shown in dark places. I heard about it early this morning. Thank you for posting it, Buddy. - August 23, 2019 at 5:37PM

Kerry Robinson: This is devastating to me, I'm in shock. I just spoke to him after surgery and he was in such good spirits and sent a pic of himself with a big smile in the hospital.
As for Gidget, Yvonne, he'll be fine, he lives with his daughter and other family members as well as other dogs. They love him. - August 23, 2019 at 8:10PM

lyenochka: After reviewing two posts about Dean, I finally got to the Profiles to see what was up. I had no idea. I thought he was on the mend. So sad to hear and appreciate you, G-man for sharing this announcement. I guess more poems and stories will follow. - August 23, 2019 at 9:09PM


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"Does anybody ever know what happened to my great friend C. Lucas the country western novelist?"
August 22, 2019 at 11:44PM


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Why do I feel irritated and edgy? Could it be because I have knee replacement surgery scheduled for next Tuesday??? Am I really such a wimp?

Even poetry annoys ... better not review anything today ;-((

August 22, 2019 at 2:29PM

mrsmajor: Heck No!, You're not a wimp...just concerned...and who wouldn't be,
I'm looking forward to Breast surgery, and I'm not afraid to say, I'm more than concerned....Big Hugs! - August 22, 2019 at 3:04PM

jlsavell: Julia, I don?t really know you but I understand.

I have had bi lateral hip replacement due to a severe injury, I ignored for years. The pain was unbearable. The surgery was the best thing for me. I, too, was a major wimp- hence waiting so long. But procrastination makes things worse. However I had the top orthopedic surgeons in the South. My recovery was easy. For me it was easy. I am now back to lightly jogging. I say running, but it isn?t. It?s just jogging. The surgery gave my life back and I am on top of the world. Thank goodness for modern day medicine to make replacements possible. I am 66 and truly I have never felt happier and healthier than I am now. I suppose it?s because I endured almost 10 years of debilitating pain. All because I was a wimp!

You take care. Do what you need to do. I do understand knee replacement is a little more difficult than hip replacement but by all means, follow your Doctors orders to the T. Don?t get crazy ideas in your head that you can do more. Take it easy and build up slowly. - August 22, 2019 at 3:17PM

juliaSjames: Big hug, many blessings and lots of white light being sent your way, mrsmajor. All is well. - August 22, 2019 at 3:19PM

juliaSjames: jlsavell, thanks for the excellent advice. I WILL take it slow. One day at a time. And congratulations on your recuperation. - August 22, 2019 at 3:25PM

2017 Poet of the Year
Barb Hensongispsaca

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I don't know how many of you remember my poem of Jasper Hill. That is the name I gave to my cancer so that I would feel more in control of the situation. Well, Jasper Hill has reared his ugly head again and I will be gone for a little while to get control of my life again. My love to all of you and my thanks for all you do to help me in my writing endeavor.
August 22, 2019 at 10:51AM

mrsmajor: It seems life isn' t always the way we would like it to be...I do have some serious medical problems, which I deal with through the Grace of God....But just this week, I was told that I have breast cancer and will have to have surgery...My daughter just recovered from Breast cancer surgery too..I can only say what has been my support...Prayer...I know many don't believe in that, but God has allowed me to deal with a great I wish only the best for you...and I will Pray that you will be able to deal with the return of the Jasper Hill...I hope he leaves you alone, never to bother you again...A smile always helps me, and so I say to you, Smile as often as you hopeful and God will be with you to see you through this too...Hugs! - August 22, 2019 at 12:19PM

Jannypan (Jan) : Dear Barb,
I will keep you in my prayers. Jan - August 22, 2019 at 3:10PM

jlsavell: Barb,

To you and Victoria. When faced with difficulties, we often find a certain strength we didn?t realize we had. Cancer is a diagnosis which frightens us all, but I truly believe it?s the power of the human spirit and will which demands we first accept the truth and circumstance, and then gather our determination to give it all we have to fight. My thoughts and energy of good will, courage, and healing are sent to you both.

We live in such an-opportune age of astounding knowledge and understanding to aid us in such a journey should it knock on our doors. Please take care - August 22, 2019 at 4:19PM

Tiffanny Brooks

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Aloha friend!
Our eyes, we do lend
to one another for good
bunking all of the 'shoulds'
I love poems and lines
that don't necessarily rhyme.
Working on a book just now,
That involves a girl and a cow.
Thanks for reading my profile,
I hope it proved worthwhile.
August 21, 2019 at 5:27PM


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Celebrating Tom's birthday. Our oldest son, Jonathon, his wife and Greyson are taking us out to eat. What a blessed time!

August 20, 2019 at 6:14PM

Jannypan (Jan)

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Recently, we have received credible intelligence that there have been seven terrorists working in your office. Six of the seven have been apprehended. Bin Sleepin, Bin Loafin, Bin Goofin, Bin Lunchin, Bin Drinkin, and Bin A$$-Kissin have all been taken into custody. At this time, no one fitting the description of the seventh cell member, Bin Workin, has been found at your office. We are confident that anyone who looks like s/he's Bin Workin will be very easy to spot. You are OBVIOUSLY not a suspect at this time. So keep on doing what you Bin Doing. [anonymous]

August 20, 2019 at 3:43PM

DR DIP: Thank you Jannypan.... that's bin helpful - August 20, 2019 at 5:41PM

damommy: Bin Funny. Don't forget him. This is so cute. I loved all the names. - August 20, 2019 at 8:56PM

WryWriter: And please don't forget to apprehend bin Stealin', bin Brown Nosin' and bin Gossipin'! - August 21, 2019 at 3:28AM

Commando: A "SALUTE", Laura Jan for the "Terrorist Alert!" For your information, "I just climbed on my ole' blue mule to go get Bin Working--bang, bang!" Aw, heck! I missed 'em. So, keep on a 'looking, Y'all. Thanks for sharing and God Bless. Respectfully with Admiration, Bill - August 21, 2019 at 3:44AM

Jannypan (Jan) : Thank you, Yvonne, DrD, WryWriter, & Commando for the great suggestions. LOVE 'EM ALL! Bin Thinkin'. I can see this as a contest entry. - August 21, 2019 at 12:02PM

mrsmajor: I was getting nervous, Jan, so I'm glad this turned out to be just something funny to give us a smile.
I might just be "Bin Workin" but doing that just now and Thanks Jan. - August 23, 2019 at 7:42PM