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Individual Author Record

General Information

Name:  Stanley Victor Paskavich  

Pen Name: None

Genre: Fiction Poetry

Audience: Adult; Young Adult;

Born: 1958 in Centralia


-- Website -- http://stantasyland.com
-- on WorldCat -- http://www.worldcat.org/search?q=stanley+victor+paskavich

E-Mail: -- paskavich@yahoo.com


Illinois Connection

I was born at St. Mary's hospital December 19th 1958. I grew up in Glendridge IL. Went to Sandoval High school. After I graduate I spent a few years as a janitor there. In March of 1979 I joined the USAF, I was stationed at Macdil AFB Tampa FL. Then Blytheville Ark. Then Shemya Alaska. Then Hickam AFB Hawaii and finally K. I. Saywer AFB. I took a SSB buy out there and bought some logging equipment and ran a small logging operation for a short time. After that I moved to Broadlands Illinois and finally bought a home and currently reside here in Newman Illinois.

Biographical and Professional Information

Stanley Victor Paskavich was born at St. Mary's hospital in Centralia, Illinois December 19, 1958. After graduating at Sandoval High School, he worked there as a janitor a few years. On March 16, 1979 he joined the United States Air Force and served thirteen and one half years, achieving the rank of Technical Sergeant. He maintained a nine performance level, which is the highest mark, for his entire career.

After volunteering to work at the Port Mortuary in Dover, Delaware during Desert Storm and Desert Shield as NCOIC (Non Commissioned Officer In Charge) of the body handlers, he returned back to his home base of K. I. Sawyer AFB in Gwinn, Michigan. His life and career went severely downhill. He began suffering from PTSD and bipolar disorder, along with suicidal ideation. The base was in transition of closing so he took an SSB buyout in September, 1991 and ended his career in the Air force. His condition ultimately caused a divorce. After many years of therapy and medical treatment he now maintains a somewhat balanced and healthy life. He says that his poetry is where he hides his demons. He has been writing poetry since he was seventeen years old. Stan says, "As far as my life and the lives of other veterans, don't be afraid to go to the V. A. and get the help you need. They have done wonders with my life and, without their help, I probably wouldn't be here today."

His book, "The Survivor's Guide to Self Execution" is available for free download from his website. The book is both an introduction and instruction, comment and cure. In spite of the efforts of mental health professionals, suicide remains a rising tide ending countless lives prematurely. With this book Stanley hopes to turn that tide by providing insight into the mindset of the suicidal with the virtue of personal experience and by changing the mindset of the masses with new, more accurate terminology: self execution.

When a person takes their own life, it begins a chain reaction across the lives of both their loved ones and the strangers whose duty it is to care for their mortal remains. It sets up a state of emotional trauma in the minds of those left behind that might lead to further acts of self execution, links in a terrible chain. It is time to end this affliction on humanity. It is time to S.O.L.O.: Save Our Loved Ones.


Speaking Engagements

Speaking Engagement Availability (Yes) Contact Stanley by emailing him at his email address or by calling him at 1-217-508-7547.

Selected Titles At Your Library


ISBN: 149916162X. OCLC Number:

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Stantasyland: Quips, Quotes & Quandaries More than an extensive collection of one man's thoughts, this volume represents a lifetime of pondering on life's deeper mysteries while never forgetting the sorts of mundane occurrences that can be experienced while we move across this world. From humor to tragedy, Stanley relates life experiences and thought experiments both as he relates the ideas he has been sharing with the world for most of his life. What began as a good idea has matured over the years into this collection. One day Stanley decided to start recording what he considered good thoughts he expressed in conversations with people all over the world in Internet chat rooms. Instead of losing interesting quotes to the vagaries of memory and the passage of time, he started preserving these ideas and carried his file from computer to computer over the years. While he continues to record his thoughts even today, this collection represents his preservation of many years of contemplation in a fixed form.

Curse of the first bite /
ISBN: 1499307888. OCLC Number: 906584139

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A normal, quiet life shatters, an unassuming young woman finds herself suddenly thrust into a world where monsters and magic do exist, an ancient power reawakens to once again clash with the forces of darkness for the benefit of mankind. But first, of course, she is going to have a bit of fun.

Return to Stantasyland :
ISBN: 1499319940. OCLC Number: 1042218845

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Collection of poetry from a whimsical tale relating an epic battle against a mysterious green stain, to a very personal perspective of the horrors of war.

Spaghetti soup /
ISBN: 1546498931. OCLC Number: 1019732716

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A brief story of the author, a disabled veteran and poet, filled with humor and pains and sufferings leading up to his current dealings with PTSD and Bipolar Disorder.

Stantasyland :
ISBN: 1424174457. OCLC Number: 173517269

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Stantasyland: revised /
ISBN: 1511514590. OCLC Number: 907644233

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“I was raised in Glenridge, Illinois, the fourth son of five to Stanley Paskavich. I graduated in 1977 at Sandoval High School and worked as a janitor there until I joined the USAF in 1979. I got out of the Air Force for medical reasons in 1991, shortly after running a shift in the Dover Delaware PortMortuary.“Stantasyland is compiled from different times and beliefs in my life; some of the poems go back thirtyyears. I write about life, self, religionn, and spirituality, along with other things. Often I write perperspective. I don't intend to convince, confirm, or condemn with my writings, just possibly stimulate some different lines of thought. I respect anyone who is convinced in their belief and convictions, and/or belief system as long as they don't use it as a weapon against another.Truth. Peace. Tranquility (TPT).Stan

The survivor's guide to self execution /
ISBN: 1981336923. OCLC Number: 1019732952

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A brief introduction, instruction, comment and options for a person considering taking their own life, written by a disabled American Veteran, author, poet, dealings with PTSD and Bipolar Disorder.