Well, since my last update, I published/posted/reissued practically everything. Eleven novels and twenty-five pieces of shorter fiction. ("Shorter" usually means novella-length.) Enjoy.
Below, I've linked to all my online fiction and e-books during the past year or so, divided by series.
Here's my official bio: "Honored in the Rainbow Awards, Dusk Peterson writes fantasy, historical fantasy, science fiction, contemporary fiction, and New Adult speculative fiction. 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, family, heterosexual romance, gay love, and faithful service are recurring themes."
Fandom translation of my bio: Originalfic and rare litslash. Gen, het, slash, friendshipfic, romance fic, powerfic, prisonerfic, slavefic, warfic, DSfic, darkfic, hurt/comfort fic, angstfic, and humorfic.
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 historical fantasy series set in a land where the psychologists wield whips.
The omnibus for this series was honored in the Rainbow Awards 2011 in three categories:
* Winner, Best Gay Fantasy.
* 2nd Place, Best Setting Development.
* Honorable Mention, Best Gay Novel/Book.
In the Queendom of Yclau lies an underground royal prison that embraces the worst of the past and the best of the future. The Eternal Dungeon is old-fashioned in its equipment and ahead of its time in its treatment of prisoners, seeking to put their best welfare above all else. Torture is part of the process of assisting the prisoners.
The High Seeker, Layle Smith, embodies this contradictory institution: a man of deadly impulses, the head torturer binds himself strictly by the dungeon'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.
Slash and gen | R | 130,000 words | e-book; the first story in the volume is also online fiction.
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) who are already burdened with their own problems. 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 that which is most precious to him in order to save his own abuser.
Slash, gen, and het | R | 110,000 words | e-book.
The Seekers (torturers) in 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 in either dungeon, and now that balance is about to tip. Only the strength of love and integrity will determine the paths of two Seekers whose fortunes are bound together.
Slash and gen | R | 90,000 words | e-book.
Parts of the novel were originally published in MAS-Zine.
The ties forged between the noble-minded Eternal Dungeon and the abusive Hidden Dungeon have set off an unpredictable chain of horrific events, in which the love between two Seekers (torturers) will be tested to the straining point. Caught in the middle of the struggle are Barrett Boyd and Seward Sobel, two loyal guards who will find themselves questioning their most fundamental beliefs about the Eternal Dungeon's ideals.
Slash and gen | PG-13 | 90,000 words | e-book.
A prisoner meeting his fate. A torturer meeting his demons. And between them, a man whose bonds are on the point of shattering.
Slash and gen | R | 26,000 words | e-book.
No weapons, no allies, and no guarantees that he will survive the test.
A killer has arrived at the palace of the Queendom of Yclau, ready to make an offer that the Queen may not be able to refuse. But this is a killer with a difference. For the young foreigner who struggles to fetter his own darkness is about to enter the queendom's Eternal Dungeon, where idealistic torturers strive to transform the hearts of their prisoners. Surrounded by great-spirited men who are determined to put him to the test, the young foreigner may be the only man who can recognize the flaws in the dungeon's ethical code.
Gen, with slash references | PG-13 | 36,000 words | online fiction and e-book.
A 2009 holiday gift story for my readers, written as prompt fiction.
Three guards and a mysterious substance provide a temptation too great to be missed . . . especially when two torturers add their skills to the mix. Soon three very different men – a married man who is committed to respect and honor, a bachelor harboring secret desires, and a soldier with an unfulfilled ambition – will find themselves caught in a trap. Their rescue will come from an unexpected quarter.
Gen, het, and slash | PG | 5,000 words | e-book and a free e-zine.
Written for a zine created by members of The Slash Pile.
This two-tale collection offers a humorous look at a romance between two men working in a royal prison.
"Wax." The Record-keeper of the Eternal Dungeon has always prided himself on his skills in procuring any object needed by his employers. But when the head torturer makes a seemingly innocent request for wax, the Record-keeper goes in search of a very special supply.
"Broken." What would happen if a technophobic torturer was plunged into the twenty-first century?
Slash and gen | PG-13 | 1300 words | online fiction and e-book.
Written for the 50_Darkfics challenge.
When the High Seeker of the Eternal Dungeon visits a foreign prison, he discovers that his dark reputation has preceded him. So has the dark reputation of his dungeon. The host is eager to show him that matters are run very differently in Mercy Life Prison.
The High Seeker has his own 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 nature.
Gen, with references to slash | PG-13 | 2,000 words | online fiction and e-book.
Written for the 50_Darkfics challenge.
Some hungers can only be satisfied by reaching out. As a prisoner struggles to find the right path, a foul-mouthed guard and an uncommon torturer will open a door . . . but stepping through a doorway with blackness beyond requires courage.
Gen | PG | 1200 words | online fiction and e-book.
A 2012 holiday gift story for my readers, written for the 50_Darkfics challenge.
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 historical fantasy series about male desire and determination in Victorian prisons.
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.
Slash and gen | R | 36,000 words | e-book, with the original, shorter version of the novella online.
One of them rapes prisoners. The other wants to help prisoners. So why are they talking to each other?
Gen, with slash references | PG-13 | 3,000 words | e-book.
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.
Slash and gen | R | 10,000 words | e-book.
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.
Meanwhile, a tramp and a lord may seem to make an odd pair. But Compassion Life Prison is an odd place to start with, and the tramp has his own perspective on life there.
Gen, with slash references | PG-13 | 24,000 words | e-book, with the first story online.
Men and Lads is a 2010 holiday gift story for my readers, written as prompt fiction.
The nautical nation is backed by the military might of an empire. The mountainous republic is populated by farmers and shopkeepers, and it has no standing army. The nautical nation is about to make the mistake of attacking the mountainous republic.
Commando is a historical fantasy series that imagines what the South African Boer War could have been like if it had been fought on American soil.
On a hot summer's day, on a high hill surrounded by the enemy, the best battle-companion can turn out to be the truth.
Rook and Fairview have worked alongside each other for years, first as officers in the navy, then as officers on a steamship, and finally as colonels in an invading army. Members of a nation where tiny differences of rank are considered all-important, the two men defy convention by treating each other as equals.
But now their life-long bond is about to meet its greatest strain, when they are ordered to seize and defend a hill whose landscape is unknown, in the company of soldiers who may be incompetent or treacherous. Will Rook and Fairview's friendship remain by the end of the battle? Or will their lives take an unexpected detour as they struggle to survive on Spy Hill?
Slash and gen | R for violence | 30,000 words | e-book.
Written for an M/M Romance challenge.
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 historical fantasy series set in a Progressive Era slum.
Michael is an ex-prostitute, which means that nobody in polite society wants anything to do with him. He believes that 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 that his duty to the gods requires him to fight against sexual immorality. Now Michael wants Janus to help him run a house of prostitution.
Slash and gen | R for subject matter | 80,000 words | e-book.
The first two parts of the novel were originally published in MAS-Zine.
Meredith is from the Eastern Shore of the Bay. Carr is from the Western Shore. . . .
Waterman is a historical fantasy series and retrofuture series inspired by the Chesapeake Bay oyster wars, boarding school rivalries in the 1910s, and 1960s visions of things to come.
Born into a society with a strictly ranked system of masters and servants, Carr has sought to tread his way delicately between the clashing values of the parents who raised him and the uncle whose household Carr will one day live in. Yet 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.
This novel about an unconventional pairing features a special appearance by a character from the Slave Breakers series by Sabrina Deane (aka Maculategiraffe).
Slash, gen, and a bit of het | R | 160,000 words | e-book.
Fandom: Originalfic crossover with Maculategiraffe's The Slave Breakers.
Depositing money in the bank was always the worst problem.
Gen and pre-het | G | 500 words | online fiction and free e-book.
.Written for a challenge at slavefics.
THE THREE LANDS
He vowed himself to his god. Now the god is growing impatient . . .
The Three Lands is a fantasy series on friendship, romance, and betrayal in times of war and peace.
Few events are more thrilling in a young man's life than a blood feud between two villages. Or so Adrian thought.
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. Then the Jackal God sends Adrian a message that will disrupt his life and send him fleeing from a danger he knows too well.
Gen | PG-13 | 160,000 words | e-book.
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?
Thrust into exile and pain, young Andrew has no choice but to accept the friendship of the very person he had vowed to kill. When he returns with his friend to his homeland fifteen years later, though, he finds himself in a land of conflicting loyalties . . . where a vengeful god awaits him.
Gen, with het references | PG-13 | 120,000 words | e-book.
What can you give a slave who, by law, can own nothing? That is the question faced by Peter, the fourteen-year-old heir to the throne of an empire. Despite his father's desire that the imperial heir maintain a formal distance from servants, Peter finds himself drawn in friendship to the eleven-year-old 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.
Gen, with slash and het references | PG-13 | 17,000 words | online fiction and e-book.
A 2008 holiday gift story for my readers.
For over twenty years, Lord Carle has told the heir to the Emorian throne that vengeance is only the other side of mercy, and that disobedience and treachery should never be forgiven. Finally it seems that his message has been received. Which makes it all the more unfortunate that Carle should have chosen this moment to break the law.
As war threatens and the foundations of his life crumble, his only hope for rescue lies with a man who has every reason to hate Carle.
Gen and het | PG-13 | 150,000 words | e-book.
Honorable Mention, One Perfect Score category, in the Rainbow Awards 2012. (The novel was submitted to the transgender category of the awards.)
In the battle-weary lands of the Great Peninsula, only one fate is worse than being taken prisoner by the Lieutenant: being taken prisoner if you are the Lieutenant.
As the world's most skilled torturer struggles with his change of fortune, he finds that his fate is intertwined with the destinies of an idealistic army commander, an affectionate prisoner, and a protégé who reveres the Lieutenant's art . . . but is on the wrong side of the conflict.
Gen | R for violence | 38,000 words | e-book.
Three days ago he faced death by fire. Now he faces a bigger challenge.
Made a priest at age thirteen and then elevated to the high rank of City Priest when he was twenty, Prosper has long held a position of tremendous power. But a terrible misstep causes him to break the God's Law which governs the Northern Peninsula. Now he is in exile from the God's Law: any man who meets Prosper is free to murder him.
A friend has sent Prosper to a protector . . . but can that protector shield Prosper, not only from potential killers, but from the consequences of the exiled priest's unacknowledged demons?
Gen, with slash references | R for subject matter | 27,000 words | e-book.
In a world in which only the pitiless nobles who wage war hold power, and those who cannot fight must suffer or seek slow death . . . What would you do if you were a noble, and you lost the ability to fight?
Princeling is a fantasy series set in a world where war has lasted for generations.
"Selig had placed me next to the fire, both as a way to emphasize my honor – what little honor I had left – and as a way to keep me from dying of a chill. He had made it more than clear during the past three years that he considered me a frail creature, incapable of enduring the hardened life of a soldier. But, then, his opinion was shared by all in the Tascanian Army."
When Corbin is taken hostage by York, the King of Fossenvita, he refuses to surrender to the sadistic King's demands that would allow York to win the war between the world's two kingdoms. Only thus, Corbin believes, can he help the petties of Tascania, on whose behalf Tascanian nobles such as himself are fighting the Fossenvites. Rather than lose his honor, Corbin accepts York's "gift": a wounding that will prevent him from ever again fighting with his blade.
But Corbin lives in a world that has been at war for generations, in which only the nobles who command the battles and raids are considered to have honor. Stripped of his title and his ability to fight, Corbin begins to see that the petties alone may hold the answer of how he should live his life. Maimed as he is, though, Corbin cannot seek answers from the petties unless he receives the help of one man: York's son Firmin, who has warned Corbin that he will betray him.
Gen, with het references | PG-13 | 60,000 words | e-book.
Masters come in many forms. Some don't even know they're masters.
Romantic and poignant, Master/Other offers speculative fiction stories exploring the dangers and sweet bonds of power.
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.
As a slave, Egon has already reached the highest position he will ever achieve: he is the household's airship chauffeur. Forced to confront the contradiction between his ideals and his behavior, Egon must make a choice between continuing to pursue immediate pleasure or willingly submitting himself to another man for the sake of a higher goal. What Egon does not yet know is that his guide on this journey into the unknown is hiding a secret that will transform both their lives.
Slash | R | 25,000 words | e-book.
Fandom: Remy's Northern Corporate Dominion.
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.
Convicted of helping to wage a campaign of terror against the lords who oppressed the commoners, the prisoner comes to realize the full implications of what he has done. All of his attempts to mend what he has broken will fail until he meets a young lord whose own struggles have just begun.
Set in an imaginary world based on Renaissance Europe, "Debt Price" takes the reader from the gritty punishments of prison life to the delicately balanced world of a farming estate, showing the slow healing of a prisoner who knows both what it means to be abused, and what it means to be the abuser.
Slash | mainly PG, but with a hard R opening | 35,000 words | e-book.
Originally published in MAS-Zine.
If you fall in love with one of the damned, should you join him in his damnation?
Slash | PG-13 | 2,000 words | online fiction.
Fandom: Dante's The Divine Comedy.
A simple Greek lesson reaches deep when a tutor seeks to teach a prince what can happen when love and duty clash.
Slash | PG-13 | 12,000 words | online fiction.
Fandom: Arthurian legends.
Subtext is my rare litslash, other than the stuff I listed above.
The prince was told that he must find himself. But what if finding oneself means losing one's love?
Slash and gen | PG-13 | 5,000 words | online fiction.
Revenge is sweet . . . unless you are haunted by dark memories of your own misdeeds.
Gen | PG-13 | 5,000 words | online fiction.
WHISPER OF SECRETS
Private confessions. Public masquerades.
Whispers of Secrets is a cycle of mystery novels and contemporary fiction on the hidden secrets underlying ordinary contemporary life.
A reporter is assigned to cover what sounds like the perfect feel-good story: the victim of a crime will forgive her offender. The only problem is that the criminal and the victim are refusing to cooperate.
Gen, with het references | PG-13 | 10,000 words | online fiction.
White Rose has lived a double life for too long. For too many years, he has struggled alone to determine how he should handle an ethical dilemma he never wanted to face. Now, finally, he has found help online. But is it the right help?
Twenty Thousand Gold Stars describes an online world where anonymity is all-important, and where a knock on the door can spell disaster. Yet behind the masks that are unwillingly donned, men and women seek answers to imperative questions that will determine, not only their own futures, but the futures of those they meet in real life.
Gen, with slash and het references | R for subject matter | 70,000 words | online fiction.
Russian translation available online.
MAIN STREET LEATHER
Leather is a world of rich pleasure palaces and endless sensual delights, where dreams can be pursued without limit, provided that a man has the strength to stand the test. . . . But in the rural town of Mayhill, population 32,000, leather life is a little different.
Main Street Leather is a cycle of contemporary series with love stories and satire on transgressive sexuality in past decades and the present.
Everyone calls her a fag hag. But Gay Pride Day has arrived, and her best friend is about to give her a new name.
A 2011 holiday gift story for my readers.
Gen and slash | PG-13 | 8,000 words | online fiction.
When fan fiction writers have had way too much caffeine.
Gen, with slash references | PG-13 | 800 words | online fiction.
Who needs the Muses for inspiration when you have a beta reader to tell you what to do?
Gen, with slash and het references | PG-13 | 2,000 words | online fiction.
Can an Old Guard top survive in a world with safe words?
Slash | NC-17 | 4,000 words | online fiction.
Runner-up, 2006 Rauxa Prize for erotic fiction.