Dusk Peterson

Biography

Honored in the Rainbow Awards, Dusk Peterson writes historical speculative fiction with diverse characters: historical fantasy, alternate history, and retrofuture science fiction. Family affection, friendship, romantic friendship, and romance often occur in the stories. A resident of Maryland, Mx. Peterson lives with an apprentice and several thousand books. Visit duskpeterson.com for e-books and free fiction.

Where to find Dusk Peterson online


Series

Dark Light
Only in the dark can one truly see the light. ¶ Dark Light presents short reads from the Turn-of-the-Century Toughs alternate history cycle.

Risk (Dark Light, Volume 2)

Price: $4.99 USD.
The Three Lands
He vowed himself to his god. Now the god is growing impatient . . . ¶ The Three Lands is a diverse fantasy series on friendship, romantic friendship, romance, and betrayal in times of war and peace. The series is inspired by conflicts between nations during the Roman Empire and the Dark Ages.

Law Links (The Three Lands)

Price: $6.99 USD.

Blood Vow (The Three Lands)

Price: $5.99 USD.
The Eternal Dungeon
In a cool, dark cavern, guarded by men and by oaths, lies a dungeon in which prisoners fearfully await the inevitable. The inevitable will be replaced by the unexpected. ¶ The Eternal Dungeon is an award-winning speculative fiction series set in a nineteenth-century prison where the psychologists wield whips.
Life Prison
They are imprisoned until death, and their lives cannot get worse . . . or so they think. But when an unlikely alliance forms against their captors, the reformers risk losing what little comforts they possess. ¶ Life Prison is a speculative fiction series about male desire and determination in nineteenth-century prisons.
Waterman
How can a youth from a bay island boarding school survive when he is sent to a futuristic prison? ¶ Waterman is a speculative fiction series set in an alternative version of the Chesapeake Bay region during the 1910s and during the future as it was envisioned in the 1960s.

Unmarked (Waterman)

Price: $4.99 USD.
Michael's House
In a world where temples are dying and sacred theaters have been replaced by brothels, what will happen when a hard-headed businessman joins forces with an idealist? ¶ Michael's House is a speculative fiction series set in a Progressive Era slum.

Whipster (Michael's House)

Price: $5.99 USD.

Books

Danger (Dark Light, Volume 3)
Series: Dark Light, 3. Price: $4.99 USD. Words: 67,200. Language: English. Published: April 23, 2018. Categories: Fiction » Young adult or teen » Gay & Lesbian, Fiction » Young adult or teen » Sci-Fi & fantasy
Soon after they were born, they were tattooed with the signs of their ranks: master or servant. Now, in the time between past and future, the youths of the Midcoast nations find themselves in predicaments and even high danger. Unable to flee their troubles, they face a thick, unyielding barrier . . . until the power of friendship breaks through.
Blood Vow (The Three Lands)
Series: The Three Lands, 2. Price: $5.99 USD. Words: 126,270. Language: English. Published: October 31, 2017. Categories: Fiction » Fantasy » Historical, Fiction » Fantasy » Epic
He has taken a blood vow to the Jackal God to bring freedom to his land by killing Koretia's greatest enemy. But what will he do when the enemy becomes his friend?
Sweet Blood (The Eternal Dungeon, Volume 5)
Series: The Eternal Dungeon, 5.0. Price: $6.99 USD. Words: 186,320. Language: English. Published: August 31, 2017. Categories: Fiction » Gay & lesbian fiction » Gay, Fiction » Alternative history
The Eternal Dungeon has been split by a civil war, with the division marked by a quarrel between two Seekers (torturers) whose faithfulness to each other has already become legendary. Into this explosive situation arrives a new Seeker, one who is determined to see that past evils do not continue in the dungeon. But can he keep control of himself when assigned a prisoner who falls in love with him?
Law Links (The Three Lands)
Series: The Three Lands, 1. Price: $6.99 USD. Words: 167,740. Language: English. Published: June 5, 2017. Categories: Fiction » Fantasy » Epic, Fiction » Fantasy » Historical
Torn between affection toward his traditional-minded father and worship of his peace-loving, heretical priest, Adrian finds himself caught between two incompatible visions of his duty to the gods when a blood feud breaks out in his village. Then the Jackal God sends Adrian a message that will disrupt his world and send him fleeing to a new and perilous life.
Risk (Dark Light, Volume 2)
Series: Dark Light, 2. Price: $4.99 USD. Words: 112,070. Language: English. Published: August 21, 2016. Categories: Fiction » Alternative history, Fiction » Gay & lesbian fiction » Gay
A soldier must decide how high a price he is willing to pay for an unspoken bond. A servant and his beloved master face stark truths as their lives are endangered. A young torturer, satisfied with his lot, gambles everything he has ever valued to learn a new way of treating prisoners. . . . . "Risk" looks at the dangers and rewards of taking risks.
On Guard (The Eternal Dungeon, Volume 4)
Series: The Eternal Dungeon, 4.0. Price: $5.99 USD. Words: 94,210. Language: English. Published: May 9, 2016. Categories: Fiction » Gay & lesbian fiction » Gay, Fiction » Mystery & detective » Historical
The ties forged between the noble-minded Eternal Dungeon and an abusive foreign dungeon have set off an unpredictable chain of horrific events. Caught in the middle of the struggle are Barrett Boyd and Seward Sobel, loyal guards who will find themselves questioning their most fundamental beliefs about the royal prison's ideals.
In Hot Water (The Eternal Dungeon)
Series: The Eternal Dungeon, side story. Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 16,390. Language: English. Published: April 28, 2016. Categories: Fiction » Gay & lesbian fiction » Gay, Fiction » Historical » Victorian
"He was the flame, and his love-mate was the kindling. To say they were mismatched was an understatement. He knew that it was only a matter of time before their relationship was tested. . . . Layle had simply not expected the test to be a pile of dirty dishes."
Re-creation: gift for a slave (The Three Lands)
Series: The Three Lands, side story. Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 22,950. Language: English. Published: April 20, 2016. Categories: Fiction » Fantasy » Historical, Fiction » Holiday » Christmas
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 Balance (The Eternal Dungeon, Volume 3)
Series: The Eternal Dungeon, 3.0. Price: $5.99 USD. Words: 98,680. Language: English. Published: April 11, 2016. Categories: Fiction » Gay & lesbian fiction » Gay, Fiction » Romance » Action/adventure
The Seekers of the Eternal Dungeon have always expressed contempt toward the Hidden Dungeon in the neighboring kingdom of Vovim, whose torturers abuse prisoners without restraint. But the balance between mercy and hell is not so clear as might be thought, and now that balance is about to tip. Only the strength of love will determine the paths of two Seekers whose fortunes are bound together.
Transformation (The Eternal Dungeon, Volume 2)
Series: The Eternal Dungeon, 2.0. Price: $5.99 USD. Words: 121,970. Language: English. Published: March 28, 2016. Categories: Fiction » Gay & lesbian fiction » Gay, Fiction » Romance » Action/adventure
The Eternal Dungeon, a royal prison where criminals are transformed, has lost its leadership. The duty of returning the dungeon to normal falls on two Seekers (torturers). One Seeker is struggling to understand why an old love affair continues to gnaw at him. The other Seeker is faced with his greatest challenge: whether to risk the man who is most precious to him in order to save his own abuser.
Prison Food and Fondness (The Eternal Dungeon)
Series: The Eternal Dungeon, side story. Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 5,760. Language: English. Published: March 14, 2016. Categories: Fiction » Romance » Historical, Fiction » Romance » Clean & wholesome
Voluntarily incarcerated in a prison full of men, married to a man who has no desire to "love" her in the traditional sense of the word, Birdesmond Manx Chapman has a challenging path in life. But she has the strength to meet all challenges, until she encounters her greatest challenge: obtaining the ingredients for a wedding-anniversary meal in a dungeon filled with men who don't know how to cook.
Commoners' Festival (The Eternal Dungeon)
Series: The Eternal Dungeon, side story. Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 4,210. Language: English. Published: February 29, 2016. Categories: Fiction » Gay & lesbian fiction » Gay, Fiction » Romance » Historical
The Eternal Dungeon is celebrating the Commoners' Festival, and all the elite are feasting. Including a man who is secretly a commoner. . . . This short story of love and sacrifice can be read on its own or as a side story in The Eternal Dungeon, a speculative fiction series set in a nineteenth-century prison.
Rebirth (The Eternal Dungeon, Volume 1)
Series: The Eternal Dungeon, 1.0. Price: $5.99 USD. Words: 140,210. Language: English. Published: February 22, 2016. Categories: Fiction » Gay & lesbian fiction » Gay, Fiction » Romance » Action/adventure
Elsdon Taylor, a prisoner accused of committing a terrible murder. Layle Smith, a torturer with a terrible past. Their meeting appears certain to bring out the worst in both men. Yet neither man is quite what he appears. As the prisoner and his torturer begin to be drawn toward each other, the ripple effects of their meeting will have a powerful impact on other inhabitants of the Eternal Dungeon.
The Shining Ones (The Eternal Dungeon)
Series: The Eternal Dungeon, side story. Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 21,960. Language: English. Published: January 17, 2016. Categories: Fiction » Gay & lesbian fiction » Gay, Fiction » Fantasy » Historical
Barrett Boyd is notorious for his rebellion against the authorities of the royal prison. At a pivotal time in the Eternal Dungeon's history, when abusive practices of the past may finally be abolished, Barrett finds himself drawn to the mystery of a younger guard, Clifford Crofford, who claims that he and Barrett are love-mates.
Lockup (Dark Light, Volume 1)
Series: Dark Light, 1. Price: $4.99 USD. Words: 62,570. Language: English. Published: November 29, 2015. Categories: Fiction » Fantasy » Historical, Fiction » Science fiction » Steampunk & retropunk
Deep underground lies a prison filled with idealistic men who have committed themselves to putting the best interest of their prisoners first . . . through torture. Soaring high in an adjoining nation are two "reformed" prisons where prisoners must band together for survival. "Lockup" explores with drama and dry humor the complexities of prison life in an alternative nineteenth century.
Tour (Life Prison: Hell's Messenger #2)
Series: Life Prison, 2.2. Price: $4.99 USD. Words: 46,990. Language: English. Published: October 27, 2014. Categories: Fiction » Gay & lesbian fiction » Gay, Fiction » Romance » Action/adventure
As Tyrrell tours Compassion Prison, he realizes that the truth about his new home is both more horrific and more wonderful than he could have imagined. A network of protection, service, and love is enabling the prisoners to battle against harsh living conditions. But who is to blame for the suffering? And how can they be stopped?
Mercy's Prisoner (Life Prison, Volume 1)
Series: Life Prison, 1.0. Price: $5.99 USD. Words: 94,450. Language: English. Published: August 27, 2014. Categories: Fiction » Gay & lesbian fiction » Gay, Fiction » Fantasy » Historical
A cold-hearted murderer. A vicious abuser. A young man hiding a shameful secret. A bewildered immigrant. A pure-minded spy. All of these men have found their appointed places at Mercy Prison, where it is easy to tell who your enemies are. But a new visitor to Mercy is about to challenge decades-old customs. Now these men's worst enemies may be hiding behind masks...and so may their closest allies.
Trial (Life Prison: Hell's Messenger #1)
Series: Life Prison, 2.1. Price: $3.99 USD. Words: 29,880. Language: English. Published: July 28, 2014. Categories: Fiction » Gay & lesbian fiction » Gay, Fiction » Thriller & suspense » Crime thriller
For fifteen years, Tyrrell has struggled to better the lives of his fellow prisoners. Now he has been transferred to Compassion Prison, reputed to be the worst life prison in his nation. The first sign of trouble is a Keeper of mysterious motives. But Tyrrell knows that, when he walks into his new cell, he'll face danger beyond measure: the prisoners of Compassion, who are waiting to test him.
Noble (Sweet Suffering: Princeling #1)
Price: $4.99 USD. Words: 59,370. Language: English. Published: July 28, 2014. Categories: Fiction » Fantasy » Epic, Fiction » Thriller & suspense » Action & suspense
He has lost his title, his work, and everyone's respect. That will be the easy part. . . . Corbin lives in a world that has been at war for generations, in which only the nobles who command raids are considered to have honor. Deliberately maimed by an enemy, Corbin cannot seek a new life unless he receives the help of one man: his enemy's son, who has warned Corbin that he will betray him.
Right or Right (Darkling Plain)
Price: $3.99 USD. Words: 19,100. Language: English. Published: December 31, 2013. Categories: Fiction » Romance » Fantasy, Fiction » Young adult or teen » Romance
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.
Night Shadow (Darkling Plain)
Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 9,000. Language: English. Published: December 12, 2013. Categories: Fiction » Fantasy » General, Fiction » Young adult or teen » Fantasy
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?
Fan Fiction Fan (Pixel-Stained: a documentary memoir of the electronic publishing revolution in gay genre fiction)
Price: Free! Words: 52,360. Language: English. Published: September 15, 2013. Categories: Nonfiction » Gay & Lesbian » Biographies, Fiction » Gay & lesbian fiction » Gay
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.
Unmarked (Waterman)
Series: Waterman, 1.3. Price: $4.99 USD. Words: 74,390. Language: English. Published: July 29, 2013. Categories: Fiction » Fantasy » Historical, Fiction » Gay & lesbian fiction » Gay
"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: Master and Servant #2)
Series: Waterman, 1.2. Price: $3.99 USD. Words: 32,460. Language: English. Published: July 18, 2013. Categories: Fiction » Fantasy » Historical, Fiction » Gay & lesbian fiction » Gay
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 suspenseful speculative fiction novella (short novel) can be read on its own or as the second story in the "Master and Servant" volume of the Waterman series.
The Abolitionist (Waterman: Master and Servant #1)
Series: Waterman, 1.1. Price: $4.99 USD. Words: 70,770. Language: English. Published: June 25, 2013. Categories: Fiction » Fantasy » Historical, Fiction » Gay & lesbian fiction » Gay
When a foul-mouthed, seditious foreigner turns up at your door, what are the benefits of letting him in? A finalist in the Gay Fantasy category of the Rainbow Awards 2013, this novel about an unconventional pairing is the first story in Waterman, a speculative fiction series inspired by the Chesapeake Bay oyster wars, boarding school rivalries in the 1910s, and 1960s visions of things to come.
Whipster (Michael's House)
Series: Michael's House, 1. Price: $5.99 USD. Words: 87,400. Language: English. Published: June 2, 2012. Categories: Fiction » Fantasy » Historical, Fiction » Gay & lesbian fiction » Gay
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.
The Three Lands: An omnibus of fantasy novels set in the Great Peninsula
Series: The Three Lands, omnibus. Price: $23.99 USD. Words: 367,690. Language: English. Published: April 13, 2011. Categories: Fiction » Fantasy » General, Fiction » Science fiction » General
(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, romantic friendship, romance, and betrayal in times of war and peace. The series is inspired by conflicts be
The Breaking (The Eternal Dungeon)
Series: The Eternal Dungeon, 1.1. Price: Free! Words: 30,770. Language: English. Published: August 14, 2010. Categories: Fiction » Gay & lesbian fiction » Gay, Fiction » Romance » Suspense
(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. . . . A winner of the 2011 Rainbow Awards, this suspenseful novella is the introductory story for the alternate history series The Eternal Dungeon.

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Dusk Peterson's favorite authors on Smashwords

Dani Alexander
Latest book: Shattered Glass. Published January 31, 2012. (4.71 from 7 reviews)

Smashwords book reviews by Dusk Peterson

  • Smashwords Style Guide on Aug. 05, 2011

    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.
  • Shattered Glass on Feb. 22, 2016
    (no rating)
    I originally picked up this novel at Scribd one bedtime because (1) I'd seen the cover occasionally at Amazon and (2) the author has the domain name slashfiction.org, which I figured was a good sign. Upon opening the novel, I discovered that the first scene consists of a guy in a restaurant getting distracted from his phone call because the busboy is wearing bunny slippers. "Oh, good," I said to myself. "Best sleeping aid ever." I was only a little off. What I should have said was, "Wittiest novel ever." I haven't laughed so much since I read "Three Men in a Boat" as a teen. The novel is also angsty as heck. Dark humor is my favorite sweet-and-sour dish. The mystery in the novel was a bit hard to follow, but I hardly noticed, because I was too sucked in by the colorful characters. They include a millionaire cop, a male prostitute with a mysterious past, a high-powered attorney, another high-powered attorney who is a spurned fiancee (bad combo), a Russian mobster mother, an Albanian mobster mother, a genius teenager who's bipolar, a leather bartender who wears hot pink chaps, and a mangy cat who steals the scene in the middle of a suspense sequence.