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Updated June 2023.


Official bio: Dusk Peterson writes historical speculative fiction: Arthurian-inspired mythic historical fantasy, gaslamp alternate history, and retrofuture science fiction. Amidst dangerous events, love often occurs in the stories: family affection, friendship, platonic life-companionships, and romance (f/m and m/m). Visit duskpeterson.com for serials, series resources, e-book previews, and notices of new releases.

Work life: A writer since age eight, I began releasing my online fiction in 2002, in the form of serializations at slash fiction e-mail lists. A few months later, I started posting my fiction on the web. I founded my e-book press, Love in Dark Settings Press, in 2007. In 2018, I extended the press's mission to subscription fiction. In the past, I've worked as a history writer, a newspaper reporter and copy editor, an e-zine publisher and editor, a historical researcher for other authors, an editorial assistant to history editors, a library assistant, a college archive assistant, a bookstore clerk, an office supplies store clerk, and a 5&10 clerk who lusted after the contents of the stationery section.

Personal life: Born in 1963, I was initially raised in a university community just outside the rural village of Berrien Springs, Michigan. I mainly lived from ages eight to fifty-one in the New Deal planned community of Greenbelt, Maryland (a suburb of Washington, D.C.). A graduate of St. John's College in Annapolis (which has a Great Books curriculum), I also lived in Annapolis for five years, in Baltimore for five years, and in England – primarily Oxford – for an accumulated total of two years. Since 2014, I have lived in northern Maryland with my platonic life-companion. A homebody (even before the pandemic!), I divide most of my time between writing, housework, family life, and other aspects of simple living.

Pronouns: they/their/them.

Honorific: Mx.

Award-winning stories

Click on each title below for more information about the story and the honor it received.

Rainbow Awards

An awards contest for LGBTA literature.

Story lists

Chronicles of the Great Peninsula timeline, with stories linked in chronological order.

Turn-of-the-Century Toughs timeline, with stories linked in chronological order.

List of published fiction.

Where to find my stories

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Archived fiction sites:

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Creative Commons licenses

Copyright, licenses, AI policy, and fanworks.

AI policy

Copyright, licenses, AI policy, and fanworks.

Fanworks and commissioned art of my writings

Shared Universes. Stories and art set in my worlds by other writers and artists.

See also this page: Copyright, licenses, AI policy,  and fanworks.


Links. Authors I especially like, and websites I visit for historical research.

Where to find me & how to contact me

I can reached by e-mail or by comments posted at my online accounts.

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Creative Commons License: Some Rights Reserved This text, or a variation on it, was originally published at duskpeterson.com. Copyright (c) 2006–2023 Dusk Peterson. Some rights reserved. The text is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution Noncommercial License (creativecommons.org/licenses/by-nc/3.0). You may freely print, post, e-mail, share, or otherwise distribute the text for noncommercial purposes, provided that you include this paragraph. The author's policies on derivative works and fan works are available online (duskpeterson.com/copyright.htm).