Dusk Peterson


Honored in the Rainbow Awards, Dusk Peterson writes historical adventure tales that are speculative fiction: alternate history, historical fantasy, and retrofuture science fiction, including lgbtq novels and online fiction. Friendship, family affection, faithful service, 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


Risk (Dark Light, Volume 2)
Series: Dark Light. Price: $2.99 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.
The Eternal Dungeon: a Turn-of-the-Century Toughs omnibus
Series: The Eternal Dungeon, 0.0. Price: $9.99 USD. Words: 465,740. Language: English. Published: May 9, 2016. Categories: Fiction » Gay & lesbian fiction » Gay, Fiction » Romance » Action/adventure
A man of deadly impulses, Layle Smith binds himself strictly by the royal prison's code of conduct. His 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.
On Guard (The Eternal Dungeon, Volume 4)
Series: The Eternal Dungeon, 4.0. Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 93,990. 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.
Re-creation: gift for a slave (The Three Lands)
Series: The Three Lands, 1.0. Price: Free! 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: $2.99 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: $2.99 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.
Rebirth (The Eternal Dungeon, Volume 1)
Series: The Eternal Dungeon. Price: $2.99 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.
Lockup (Dark Light, Volume 1)
Series: Dark Light. Price: $2.99 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.
Mercy's Prisoner (Life Prison, Volume 1)
Series: Life Prison. Price: $2.99 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.
Fan Fiction Fan (Pixel-Stained: a documentary memoir of the electronic publishing revolution in gay genre fiction)
Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 52,360. Language: English. Published: September 15, 2013. Categories: Nonfiction » Gay and 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.
Master and Servant (Waterman)
Series: Waterman. Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 162,560. Language: American English. Published: August 16, 2013. Categories: Fiction » Fantasy » Historical, Fiction » Gay & lesbian fiction » Gay
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.
Whipster (Michael's House)
Series: Michael's House. Price: $2.99 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, 0.0. Price: $9.99 USD. Words: 367,690. Language: English. Published: April 13, 2011. Categories: Fiction » Fantasy » General, Fiction » Science fiction » General
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: 30,480. Language: English. Published: August 14, 2010. Categories: Fiction » Gay & lesbian fiction » Gay, Fiction » Romance » Suspense
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 speculative fiction 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

    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.