Dusk Peterson

Biography

Honored in the Rainbow Awards, Dusk Peterson writes fantasy and science fiction with historical settings, as well as contemporary fiction and narrative nonfiction. Suspense plays an important role in many of the tales; the conflict in those tales is both external and internal. Peterson's stories are often placed in dark settings, such as prisons or wartime locations. The mood of the stories, however, is not one of unrelieved gloominess: friendship, gay romance, and loyal service are recurring themes. Visit duskpeterson.com for e-books and online writings.

Where to find Dusk Peterson online


Books

Pleasure (Slaves of the Northern Corporate Dominion)
By Dusk Peterson
Price: $3.99 USD. Words: 26,830. Language: English. Published: January 20, 2014. Category: Fiction
Egon had a position that won him respect, friends who raised his spirits, and lovers who gave him pleasure. Then a man came into his life who would take all that away from him. If Egon was lucky. . . . This science fiction novella of gay love and service can be read on its own or as part of Slaves of the Northern Corporate Dominion, a science fiction series on exploitation and love.
Right or Right (Darkling Plain)
By Dusk Peterson
Series: Darkling Plain. Price: $3.99 USD. Words: 19,100. Language: English. Published: December 31, 2013. Category: Fiction
Linnet is trouble. Everyone agrees about that. Driven from her native barony, she arrives at Goldhollow in hopes of beginning a new life, only to discover that she cannot escape her past. As Linnet is drawn into memories of a dark young man she once knew, she must deal in the present with a boy who is headed toward danger, as well as a child-like baron who may force her to betray her past.
Lost Haven: a master, his servant, and a disappearing island (Waterman)
By Dusk Peterson
Series: Waterman. Price: Free! Words: 8,100. Language: English. Published: December 24, 2013. Category: Fiction
(5.00 from 1 review)
Meredith has brought his beloved master to the island where he spent the happiest days of his childhood. But when danger descends upon them, they must seek refuge, and Meredith must confront the tantalizing sorrows and rewards of change. . . . This short story about love between two young men can be read on its own, or as a side story in Waterman, a historical fantasy series.
Night Shadow (Darkling Plain)
By Dusk Peterson
Series: Darkling Plain. Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 9,000. Language: English. Published: December 12, 2013. Category: Fiction
Young though he is, Farsight has inherited a powerful gift from his father that allows him to protect his realm. But when a conniving king in a neighboring country sets his sights on Farsight's mountain of gold, the prince will need help to protect himself against an assassin's knife. Will a newfound companion-in-arms be enough to save Farsight, once the Night Shadow crosses the border?
The New Boy (Michael's House)
By Dusk Peterson
Series: Michael's House. Price: $3.99 USD. Words: 27,210. Language: English. Published: November 29, 2013. Category: Fiction
Male prostitution has a new face, with an old score to pay: an ex-whore has started a pleasure house, and he has turned all the old rules on their head. Now the centuries-old system of prostitution in Vovim is in danger of being overturned in favor of a new, gentler way of doing business. But will the young man who is carrying out this revolution be able to keep himself from repeating history?
Never (The Eternal Dungeon)
By Dusk Peterson
Series: The Eternal Dungeon. Price: Free! Words: 9,070. Language: English. Published: November 14, 2013. Category: Fiction
She was attending the ball at the palace to dance. That was all. Which made it annoying to face a proposal of marriage from a guard who was distinctly not the sort of man she would ever consider marrying. Certainly not. . . . This short story can be read on its own or as a side story in The Eternal Dungeon, an award-winning historical fantasy series inspired by late nineteenth-century life.
Cell-mates (Life Prison)
By Dusk Peterson
Series: Life Prison. Price: Free! Words: 5,440. Language: English. Published: November 11, 2013. Category: Fiction
Sentenced to life in prison, Tyrrell didn't have many opportunities for bed-play . . . unless he could count what the guards did to him as "play." So his future seemed brighter when he was paired with a cell-mate he'd been eyeing for a long time with affection and lust. If only Tyrrell could keep from becoming his cell-mate's latest murder victim . . .
In the Silence (Life Prison)
By Dusk Peterson
Series: Life Prison. Price: Free! Words: 8,600. Language: English. Published: November 5, 2013. Category: Fiction
The prisoner can't speak. He can barely see. He experiences only fear and the faint whispers of something he had once known. But an intruder into his secure retreat from danger will pull him into awareness of what stands before him. What stands there is renewed danger . . . and the hope of something more.
Curious (Life Prison)
By Dusk Peterson
Series: Life Prison. Price: $3.99 USD. Words: 22,970. Language: English. Published: November 2, 2013. Category: Fiction
Backbiting, threats, violent encounters, forbidden desires played out at night and in stark daylight . . . all this Ulick must face in his new job as a prison guard. At the center of the maelstrom lies Merrick, a foul-mouthed prisoner with a notorious reputation. But behind Merrick stands another man, hidden in the shadows, and Ulick's future depends on what that man wants of him.
Isolation (Life Prison)
By Dusk Peterson
Series: Life Prison. Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 8,470. Language: English. Published: October 28, 2013. Category: Fiction
A prisoner's life takes an unexpected turn when he learns he may be able to play a role in changing the harsh conditions at Mercy Life Prison. To do so will mean risking what remains of his life, as well as turning away from the only life he has known. What reward can he hope to receive in exchange for such a sacrifice?
Searching (The Eternal Dungeon)
By Dusk Peterson
Series: The Eternal Dungeon. Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 17,610. Language: English. Published: October 20, 2013. Category: Fiction
Walking into a trap may be the only way to create one. Danger runs high for Vito when he arrives at the Eternal Dungeons. In this royal dungeon, prisoners are "searched" for their crimes, by torture and by more subtle means. Vito knows that he will be searched. But he has his own searching to accomplish, and to do so he must undergo the scrutiny of the queendom's most accomplished torturer.
Debt Price (Master/Other)
By Dusk Peterson
Price: $3.99 USD. Words: 36,880. Language: English. Published: October 5, 2013. Category: Fiction
No one would pay his debt price to gain him release from prison. So he sought to pay it himself by offering the only thing he could, his body. But one man would require more. From the gritty punishments of prison life to the delicately balanced world of a farming estate, "Debt Price" shows the slow healing of a prisoner who knows both what it means to be abused, and what it means to be the abuser.
Fan Fiction Fan (Pixel-Stained: a documentary memoir of the electronic publishing revolution in gay genre fiction)
By Dusk Peterson
Price: $4.99 USD. Words: 52,360. Language: English. Published: September 15, 2013. Category: Nonfiction
A decade before e-books and self-publishing shook up the publishing industry, an author faced a dilemma: When you've written stories in a genre that is rarely published, what do you do? This first volume in Dusk Peterson's memoirs on the rise of gay genre fiction e-publishing includes reminiscences, stories, and art from mdbl, Steve Berman, J.M Snyder, and Emily Veinglory.
Queue (Waterman)
By Dusk Peterson
Series: Waterman. Price: Free! Words: 3,220. Language: American English. Published: August 16, 2013. Category: Fiction
What should a young servant do when his employer may fire him at any moment, his employer's beautiful daughter is absorbed with her high school textbook ("How to be Firm with Servants"), and he's blocked from carrying out a simple task by a snooty cyborg? . . . This flash fiction blends science fiction with 1960s domestic comedy. It is a side story in Waterman, a retrofuture series.
Master and Servant (Waterman)
By Dusk Peterson
Series: Waterman. Price: $9.99 USD. Words: 162,560. Language: American English. Published: August 16, 2013. Category: Fiction
When he and other students at his boarding school become the latest participants in an ongoing battle between the oystermen of their Bay, Carr finds that his position of power may bring danger, not only to himself, but also to a schoolfellow he is drawn toward.
Unmarked (Waterman)
By Dusk Peterson
Series: Waterman. Price: $5.99 USD. Words: 74,390. Language: English. Published: July 29, 2013. Category: Fiction
"Fair play" is the motto of the Third House at Narrows School, but that motto takes on a different meaning when a lonely member of the Third House is secretly wooed by a young man from a rival House. . . . This novel can be read on its own or as the third and final story in the "Master and Servant" volume of Waterman, a historical fantasy series.
The True Master (Waterman)
By Dusk Peterson
Series: Waterman. Price: $3.99 USD. Words: 31,170. Language: English. Published: July 18, 2013. Category: Fiction
In a society where the rank of master or slave defines every aspect of a person's being, what do you do when you're a master and you envy your slaves? This fantasy novella of gay love can be read on its own or as the second story in the "Master and Servant" volume of the Waterman series.
Pro-Gay and Ex-Gay Christians - Is There Room for Dialogue? Narratives and News on Christianity and Homosexuality during the 1990s (Narrative Nonfiction)
By Dusk Peterson
Price: $3.99 USD. Words: 30,920. Language: English. Published: July 3, 2013. Category: Nonfiction
In the late 1990s, most Christian denominations and other faiths remained deeply divided on the issue of homosexuality and related topics, such as gender roles. This collection of narratives and traditional news articles looks back at that tumultuous period, when Christians around the world engaged in battles and occasional dialogue in an attempt to determine the future of the Christian Church.
The Abolitionist (Waterman)
By Dusk Peterson
Series: Waterman. Price: $4.99 USD. Words: 69,360. Language: English. Published: June 25, 2013. Category: Fiction
When a foul-mouthed, seditious foreigner turns up at your door, what are the benefits of letting him in? This novel about an unconventional pairing features a special appearance by a character from the Slave Breakers series by Sabrina Deane. It is the first story in Waterman, a historical fantasy series and retrofuture series inspired by the Chesapeake Bay oyster wars.
Torture (The Eternal Dungeon / Life Prison)
By Dusk Peterson
Series: Life Prison · The Eternal Dungeon. Price: Free! Words: 4,370. Language: English. Published: June 16, 2013. Category: Fiction
When the High Seeker of the Eternal Dungeon visits a foreign prison, he discovers that his dark reputation has preceded him. The host is eager to show him that matters are run very differently in Mercy Life Prison. The High Seeker has his suspicions about what he will find in that prison, but even so, he is not prepared for what the prison has to teach him about man's nature . . . and his own.
Men and Lads / Lord and Servant (Life Prison)
By Dusk Peterson
Series: Life Prison. Price: $3.99 USD. Words: 26,870. Language: English. Published: June 15, 2013. Category: Fiction
Two guards. Two prisoners. A multitude of problems. As a tramp beats his dangerous way to a new destination on the Western Mippite Railroad, he is joined by a prison guard seeking guidance on a difficult prisoner. The guard's guidance must come from a man who is longing for a human bond . . . but who has a reputation to establish.
Milord (Life Prison)
By Dusk Peterson
Series: Life Prison. Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 11,360. Language: English. Published: June 7, 2013. Category: Fiction
He was the model prisoner, respectful to his guards and loyal to his fellow prisoners. What no one knew was that he held the key to destruction. . . . Friendship, desire between men, and the costs of corruption and integrity are examined in this multicultural historical fantasy series, which is based on late Victorian prison life.
Coded Messages (Life Prison)
By Dusk Peterson
Series: Life Prison. Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 5,280. Language: English. Published: June 5, 2013. Category: Fiction
One of them rapes prisoners. The other wants to help prisoners. So why are they talking to each other? ... This short story can be read on its own or as the second story in the "Mercy's Prisoner" volume of Life Prison. Friendship, desire between men, and the costs of corruption and integrity are examined in this multicultural historical fantasy series, which is based on late Victorian prison life.
Life Prison
By Dusk Peterson
Series: Life Prison. Price: $3.99 USD. Words: 35,650. Language: English. Published: May 31, 2013. Category: Fiction
In the unmerciful world of Mercy Prison, there is no rule but unending pain. For Merrick, the arrival of his new guard provides hope that he may break beyond the boundaries of his life prison. But appearances can be deceptive, and Merrick does not yet recognize the danger this guard poses to his future.
Whipster (Michael's House)
By Dusk Peterson
Series: Michael's House. Price: $9.99 USD. Words: 87,400. Language: English. Published: June 2, 2012. Category: Fiction
Michael is an ex-prostitute, which means that nobody in polite society wants anything to do with him. He believes the only way to help other male prostitutes is to make their working conditions bearable. His friend Janus is an upper-class gentleman who believes his duty to the gods requires him to fight against sexual immorality. Now Michael wants Janus to help him run a house of prostitution.
Re-creation (The Three Lands)
By Dusk Peterson
Price: Free! Words: 19,360. Language: English. Published: April 13, 2011. Category: Fiction
Despite his father's desire that the imperial heir maintain a formal distance from servants, Peter finds himself drawn in friendship to the younger boy who serves as his slave. But a shocking revelation on the eve of the New Year forces Peter to confront his own motives for keeping the slave close by. And that in turn will help him understand the deeper meaning of the gift-giving festival.
The Three Lands: an omnibus of fantasy novels set in the Great Peninsula
By Dusk Peterson
Price: $19.99 USD. Words: 367,700. Language: English. Published: April 13, 2011. Category: Fiction
0.5 star(4.50 from 2 reviews)
If a god were to appear in the Three Lands, would his appearance bring an end to the fighting between nations? Or would he merely help to spark an inferno of war? . . . This 360,000-word omnibus contains two novels, two novellas, and a novelette in The Three Lands, a fantasy series on friendship, romance, and betrayal in times of war and peace.
The Eternal Dungeon: a Turn-of-the-Century Toughs omnibus of historical fantasy novels
By Dusk Peterson
Series: The Eternal Dungeon. Price: $32.99 USD. Words: 441,130. Language: English. Published: October 19, 2010. Category: Fiction
(5.00 from 5 reviews)
A man of deadly impulses, Layle Smith binds himself strictly by his dungeon's code of conduct. The head torturer's efforts to maintain this delicate balance are altered, though, by the introduction into his life of Elsdon Taylor, a vulnerable prisoner who is coming to terms with his own darkness. ¶ This 440,000-word omnibus contains four novels in the Eternal Dungeon historical fantasy series.
Waterman: a Turn-of-the-Century Toughs omnibus of historical fantasy and retrofuture science fiction
By Dusk Peterson
Series: Waterman. Price: $9.99 USD. Words: 163,160. Language: American English. Published: September 7, 2010. Category: Fiction
(4.00 from 2 reviews)
In an alternate universe where the New World was settled by the Old World in ancient times, by the twentieth century the Chesapeake Bay region has become a battleground for conflicting interests. This 160,000-word omnibus contains a novel and a piece of flash fiction in Waterman, a historical fantasy series and retrofuture series.
The Breaking (The Eternal Dungeon)
By Dusk Peterson
Series: The Eternal Dungeon. Price: Free! Words: 27,990. Language: English. Published: August 14, 2010. Category: Fiction
(4.00 from 2 reviews)
The prisoner knew that the Eternal Dungeon was a place where suspected criminals were broken by torture, and he was prepared to hold out against any methods used against him - except the method he could not anticipate. . . . This novella can be read on its own or as the first story in The Eternal Dungeon, a historical fantasy series set in a land where the psychologists wield whips

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Smashwords book reviews by Dusk Peterson

  • Smashwords Style Guide on Aug. 05, 2011
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    I appreciate that the style guide provides so much useful information, and that it is refined periodically. It has gotten a lot better in the two years since I first read it. However, I agree with what L. Frank Turovich says: "I think the guide would be much improved if the steps were more layered in organization. I know I don't want to wade through page after page looking for that one specific step I need to remember, then read through several long paragraphs for the exact info I need." His suggestions for how to layer each step are terrific.