THE ETERNAL DUNGEON: a Turn-of-the Century Toughs series ¶ By Dusk Peterson


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.

The series is part of the Turn-of-the-Century Toughs cycle. ¶ The Eternal Dungeon genre/theme tags (with minor spoilers).

     ¶ Historical speculative fiction novels on friendship and gay love. Includes bisexual, trans, and heterosexual characters.
 


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SERIES CONTENTS
 



The Eternal Dungeon: a Turn-of-the-Century Toughs omnibus of historical fantasy novels

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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.

This omnibus contains the first four volumes and a novella ("The Unanswered Question") in the Eternal Dungeon series. Does not include Balladeer, the historical note for The Balance, side stories (except "The Unanswered Question"), 100 Darkfics, or any stories in the Sweet Blood volume.

See awards for the honors this e-book has received.
 

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     ¶ Data: 440,000 words | $32.99 | ISBN 9780984117918 | Publication history.
     ¶ Reviews (may include spoilers): Amazon | Amazon UK | Goodreads | LGBT Fantasy Fans and Writers | Smashwords.



Awards and Reviews

AWARDS

Honored in the Rainbow Awards 2011 in three categories, for the novel omnibus The Eternal Dungeon:
 

* Winner, Best Gay Fantasy.
* 2nd Place, Best Setting Development.
* Honorable Mention, Best Gay Novel/Book.


"A deeply moving philosophical work . . . The characterization is very good and even bold, and the world building, while narrow, is solid and hints at a vast and real world that exist beyond the confines of the story. The overarching plot development is excellent, and is an extensive metaphor for the major themes of the book. The writing is eminently readable, and the author's decision to intersperse in-story historical analysis alongside the events taking place works beautifully." —One of the Rainbow Awards judges.
 

REVIEWS

"It takes really hard subject matter, and a character that in most books would be the major villain, and makes you love every single word. . . . If you want oh my god world building, read this." —LGBT Fantasy Fans and Writers.

"This is the most engaging and absorbing [series] that I have read in a very long time. . . . Think detail and in-depth fantasy world creations of J. R. R. Tolkien novels, combine with the morality questions posed in the T.V. series Lost, sprinkle some good ole' fashioned medieval politics . . . and then add whips . . . and a rack." —Amazon UK (Ancient Galaxy).

"I can easily think of a dozen authors who would have taken this kind of premise and made it tasteless, tacky, over the top, offensive, and much worse. . . . These books are none of that. . . . I cannot fangirl enough all the little details and nuances that really make [this series], how it's not all sparkles and light and yet just when it seems like it can only go south, you find yourself smiling instead. " —Megan Derr.

"If you fear reading [these stories] because the physical manifestation of torture doesn't appeal, you'll miss a truly great read. The Eternal Dungeon is in essence the story of psychology. It's a story about the mind, not the body. It's a story about madness and sanity. It's the story about love given unreservedly to one who feels undeserving of that love. It's a story about sacrifice on every level." —Goodreads (A. B. Gayle).

"I've read The Eternal Dungeon twice, and both times, I finished with the feeling of having left a real world behind. It draws the reader from story to story, leading you on with deeper insights into its characters, and plot twists that take you completely by surprise." —Amazon (Catana).

"The reader is immersed seamlessly into another world filled with lush characters. The world building is intricately woven into the narrative, creating the framework of politics, religion, and culture that gives the story substance and the characters background." —Amazon (Caethes Faron).
 


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Rebirth (Volume 1 of The Eternal Dungeon)

Elsdon Taylor, a prisoner accused of committing a terrible murder. Layle Smith, a torturer with a terrible past. Their meeting in the Eternal Dungeon 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: Layle's faithful guard, struggling to contain his doubts. A younger guard determined to take any shortcuts necessary to ensure that his life follows the path he has already chosen. An old love from Layle's past, still sorrowing. And most of all, a prisoner who has not yet arrived at the Eternal Dungeon, but whose fate will depend on how Layle handles Elsdon Taylor . . . and on how Elsdon handles Layle Smith.
 

     ¶ Buy or sample the e-book: Online preview of RebirthDownload the HTML edition of 'Rebirth' at Gumroad (HTML) | Download the PDF edition of 'Rebirth' at Gumroad (PDF) | Download 'Rebirth' at AmazonDownload 'Rebirth' at Barnes and Noble | Also available in The Eternal Dungeon: a Turn-of-the-Century Toughs omnibus of historical fantasy novels.
     ¶ Data: 130,000 words | $9.99 | Publication history.
     ¶ Reviews (may include spoilers): Goodreads | Hearts on Fire Reviews| Hearts on Fire Reviews interview (with major spoilers) | Amazon | Barnes & Noble.


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The Breaking. 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.
 

     ¶ Download the FREE e-book: Online preview of The BreakingDownload the HTML edition of 'The Breaking' at Gumroad (HTML; voluntary donations accepted) | Download the PDF edition of 'The Breaking' at Gumroad (PDF; voluntary donations accepted) | Download 'The Breaking' at Smashwords in many e-book formats (multiformat) | Download 'The Breaking' at AmazonDownload 'The Breaking' at Barnes and NobleDownload 'The Breaking' at iTunesDownload 'The Breaking' at Kobo  |Download 'The Breaking' at international e-bookstores | Also available in Rebirth and The Eternal Dungeon: a Turn-of-the-Century Toughs omnibus of historical fantasy novels.
     ¶ Read the story onlineRead 'The Breaking' at AO3
     ¶ Data: 27,000 words | Free (voluntary donations accepted at Gumroad) | ISBN 9781452338835 | Publication history.
     ¶ Reviews (may include spoilers): Amazon | Barnes & Noble | Goodreads | Smashwords | Solace in Another World.


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Love and Betrayal. As a torturer learns the art of questioning prisoners, he discovers that the word "love" can have a darker meaning than he had supposed.
 

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     ¶ Data: 36,000 words | $3.99 | Publication history.
     ¶ Reviews (may include spoilers): Amazon.


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First Time. One man seeks to heal from abuse. The other man dreams of abusing. Now they're in love.
 

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     ¶ Data: 15,000 words | $2.99 | Publication history.
     ¶ Reviews (may include spoilers): Amazon.


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In Training. Unexpected danger reveals to a young torturer the dark mystery of his love-mate's past – as well as unpleasant revelations about himself.
 

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     ¶ Data: 30,000 words | $3.99 | Publication history.
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As a Seeker. If the head torturer wants something, no power in life or death will hold him from taking it. What he wants now has brought danger to the Eternal Dungeon.
 

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     ¶ Data: 12,000 words | $2.99 | Publication history.
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Tops and Sops. The torturer was young, inexperienced, and lacking in knowledge of the world. The prisoner was tough, worldlywise, and had an infallible plan that would give him escape from this place. So why did the prisoner feel as though the torturer had the edge?
 

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     ¶ Data: 11,000 words | $2.99 | Publication history.
     ¶ Reviews (may include spoilers): Amazon.


Rebirth: Historical Note.
 

     ¶ Available in Rebirth and The Eternal Dungeon: a Turn-of-the-Century Toughs omnibus of historical fantasy novels.



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Transformation (Volume 2 of The Eternal Dungeon)

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.
 
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     ¶ Data: 110,000 words | $9.99 | Publication history.
     ¶ Reviews (may include spoilers): Goodreads.


VOLUME CONTENTS

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Deception. He thought she had come to change his workplace. He found she was there to change his life.
 

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     ¶ Data: 23,000 words | $3.99 | Publication history.
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Twists and Turns. Only the loyal presence of one man has kept him alive. Now that man's loyalty is about to be tested.
 

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     ¶ Data: 25,000 words | $3.99 | Publication history.
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A Prisoner Has Need. A cold-hearted murderer has been brought to the Eternal Dungeon, one who must be dealt with through firmness and perhaps harshness. Too bad he's twelve.
 

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     ¶ Data: 28,000 words | $3.99 | Publication history.
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The Consultation. He has come from the Eternal Dungeon to offer his services to another prison's head torturer. The only trouble is that the head torturer likes him too much.
 

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     ¶ Data: 34,000 words | $3.99 | Publication history.
     ¶ Reviews (may include spoilers): Amazon.


Transformation: Historical Note.
 

     ¶ Available in Deception, Transformation, and The Eternal Dungeon: a Turn-of-the-Century Toughs omnibus of historical fantasy novels.



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The Balance (Volume 3 of The Eternal Dungeon)

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.
 
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     ¶ Data: 90,000 words | $9.99 | Publication history.
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VOLUME CONTENTS

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Truth and Lies. When you're a prisoner, having a torturer who's mad can be an advantage. Or maybe not.
 

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     ¶ Data: 26,000 words | $3.99 | Publication history.
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Barbarians. Vovim was renowned for its strong monarchy, for its love of the theater, and for its skill in the art of torture. In other words, it had all the qualities needed to become a civilized nation. But would anyone be willing to defy Vovim's tyrannical king? And if they did, would they survive?
 

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     ¶ Data: 23,000 words | $3.99 | Publication history.
     ¶ Reviews (may include spoilers): Amazon.


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Hidden. He had been given the kindest, gentlest torturer in the dungeon. The prisoner was left with only one hope: that he could teach his torturer how to be cruel.
 

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     ¶ Data: 5,000 words | 99c | Publication history.
     ¶ Reviews (may include spoilers): Amazon.


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Death Watch. Death lurks everywhere in the Eternal Dungeon . . . even in a torturer's bedroom.
 

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     ¶ Data: 15,000 words | $2.99 | Publication history.
     ¶ Reviews (may include spoilers): Amazon.


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Balladeer. Sometimes it takes an outsider to point out the obvious.
 

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     ¶ Data: 18,000 words | $3.99 | Publication history.
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The Balance: Historical Note.

             ¶ Available in The Balance.
 


On Guard (Volume 4 of The Eternal Dungeon)

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.
 
     ¶ Buy or sample the e-book: On Guard is available in The Eternal Dungeon: a Turn-of-the-Century Toughs omnibus of historical fantasy novels.
     ¶ Data: 90,000 words | Publication history.


VOLUME CONTENTS

On Guard: Prologue. "The junior Seeker stood in the entrance, awaiting death."

Promotion. "'Has it occurred to you to wonder what would happen to this dungeon if their stubbornness came into conflict?'"

Protection. "'Do you recall the orders that you were given when you were first assigned to guard him?'"

Searching. "The prisoner was meek and gentle and very, very afraid."

Appointment. "He was thinking to himself that diligence ought to be rewarded."

Mediation. "'Shall we allow criminals to roam the streets at will because we're afraid to take the chance of harming an innocent prisoner?'"

Advice. "A great man and his faithful guard – that was the tale of which ballads were sung."

Judgment. "He knew at once that something was wrong."

Testing. "'Nervous?'"

Decision. "His mind was focussed, his goal clear."

On Guard: Epilogue. "'He's your friend, isn't he?'"

On Guard: Historical Note and Acknowledgments.
 


Sweet Blood (Volume 5 of The Eternal Dungeon)

The Eternal Dungeon has been split by a civil war, with the division clearly 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?
 

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Bonds. A prisoner meeting his fate. A torturer meeting his demons. And between them, a man whose bonds are on the point of shattering.
 

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      ¶ Data: 26,000 words | $3.99 | Publication history.
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Searching. Walking into a trap may be the only way to create one.
 

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     ¶ Data: 16,000 words | $2.99 | ISBN 9781301692996 | Publication history.
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Duty. It was his duty to transform the prisoner's soul. But which prisoner?
 

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Side stories

The side stories are listed below in order of the chronology of the series.

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Never.

"'Never!' she exclaimed, shocked, when he asked her to marry him."

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.

It was even more annoying to find that she kept thinking about the man. Why would she want to continue to speak to a guard who rudely implied that she led a frivolous life?

And why oh why were all the balls in the capital suddenly so boring?

Begins twenty-two years before Rebirth. Written as part of the 100 Darkfics challenge cycle.
 

     ¶ Download or sample the e-book: Online preview of Never (scroll down) | Download the multiformat edition of 'Never' at Gumroad (DRM-free multiformat e-book: epub, html, mobi/Kindle, pdf, doc) | Download 'Never' at Smashwords  | Download 'Never' at All Romance eBooksDownload 'Never' at AmazonDownload 'Never' at Barnes and NobleDownload 'Never' at iTunesDownload 'Never' at Kobo  | Download 'Torture' at international e-bookstores
      ¶ Read the story onlineRead 'Never' at AO3
      ¶ Data: 5,000 words | Free or 99c (depending on the bookstore; voluntary donations accepted at Gumroad) | Publication history.
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The Unanswered Question.

"He was weaponless. Or rather, not quite weaponless, for he knew what he was capable of doing with his body, but he bore no blade, nor any whip, nor any lead pipe with which to stun his victim, nor any rope with which to strangle the victim . . . The number of potential weapons he had deliberately laid aside was frighteningly high."

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.

Set eighteen years before Rebirth. Includes minor spoilers for Rebirth. A 2009 holiday gift story for Dusk Peterson's readers.
 

     ¶ Buy or sample the e-book: Online preview of The Unanswered QuestionDownload the HTML edition of 'The Unanswered Question' at Gumroad (HTML) | Download the PDF edition of 'The Unanswered Question' at Gumroad (PDF) | Download 'The Unanswered Question' at AmazonDownload 'The Unanswered Question' at Barnes and Noble| Also available in The Eternal Dungeon: a Turn-of-the-Century Toughs omnibus of historical fantasy novels.
     ¶ Read the story onlineRead 'The Unanswered Question' at AO3
     ¶ Data: 36,000 words | $3.99 | Publication history.
     ¶ Reviews (may include spoilers): LibraryThing | Amazon.


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Hunger.

"By now, the hunger pangs had subsided, leaving him feeling as though he were floating effortlessly through the cycle of death, transformation, and rebirth. He wondered whether this was what it would be like, when he reached the end of his fast."

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.

Set between Barbarians and Hidden. A 2012 holiday gift story for Dusk Peterson's readers. Written as part of the 100 Darkfics challenge cycle.
 

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      ¶ Read the story onlineRead 'Hunger' at AO3
      ¶ Data: 1200 words | Free or 99c (depending on the bookstore; voluntary donations accepted at Gumroad) | Publication history.
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Wax / Broken.

"All in all, he held a satisfactory position, one where his talents were properly appreciated. But the Record-keeper, rubbing his bleary eyes as he began his shift, could not help but wish that the High Seeker had chosen a love-mate who was less loud."

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?

Set during the early months of On Guard. Includes major spoilers for Rebirth. Written as part of the 100 Darkfics challenge cycle.
 

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      ¶ Read Wax onlineRead 'Wax' at AO3
      ¶ Read Broken onlineRead 'Broken' at AO3
      ¶ Data: 1200 words + 80 words | Free or 99c (depending on the bookstore; voluntary donations accepted at Gumroad) | Publication history.
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Green Ruin.

"During the dawn hours at the Eternal Dungeon, as the day shift yawned itself awake and the night shift yawned itself to bed, the talk turned, as it always did, to the injustices of being a guard."

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.

Set during the early months of On Guard. Includes major spoilers for Rebirth.
 

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Torture.

"He wondered whether he had ever been that naive. It seemed unlikely."

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.

Set in an alternate universe, showing a meeting that never happened. If it had happened, it would have occurred two years before the sixth volume of the Eternal Dungeon series and thirteen years before the Life Prison novella. Includes minor spoilers for Rebirth. Written as part of the 100 Darkfics challenge cycle.
 

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Maps and series resources

Map of the Midcoast nations (Mip, the Dozen Landsteads, Vovim, and Yclau).

Map of the Capital City of the Queendom of Yclau, showing the cave where the Eternal Dungeon is housed.

Turn-of-the-Century Toughs, a cycle of historical fantasy novels that includes the Eternal Dungeon series. This page includes resources such as a chronology of major political events in the cycle.

Eternal Dungeon research. Blog entries by the author on research for the series.

Bibliography for the series:
Masculinity, Crime, and Everyday Life in Victorian and Edwardian Times.

Shared Universes: Works set in the Eternal Dungeon world by other authors and artists.


Next series in the Turn-of-the-Century Toughs cycle:

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