LOVE IN DARK SETTINGS: historical adventure speculative fiction & suspenseful lgbtq novels by Dusk Peterson
 
Imprisonment. Slavery. War. Love.

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These are series that I'm no longer updating regularly, though I may add to them from time to time.
 


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CONTENTS

PRINCELING.


DARKLING PLAIN.


MASTER/OTHER.


UNMASKED.


REBELS.


LOREN'S LASHES.


LEATHER IN LAWNVILLE.


PIXEL-STAINED: a documentary memoir of the electronic publishing revolution in gay genre fiction.



Princeling

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 speculative fiction series set in a world where war has lasted for generations.


Noble (multiformat edition | Kindle edition). "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."

He has lost his title, his work, and everyone's respect. That will be the easy part.

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.
 

Petty. As far as the world knows, Corbin is dead. He is simply the latest of many victims of violence in the generations-long war that the Tascanian and Vovimian nobles have been fighting to determine who will rule the world, at the expense of the petties who are subject to them.

Corbin has a purpose for hiding from public view, a purpose that has not even been guessed by his closest confidants: Firmin, the devious son of Corbin's greatest enemy, and a pettywoman who will offer Corbin a chance to voice his thoughts to others. Yet Corbin cannot hope to fulfill his purpose without the help of other petties . . . and he cannot hope to live if they guess that he is the man who has destroyed their lives.
 

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Darkling Plain

Separated in time and place, these young women and young men are united in their goal: to protect those they care for from the destruction of battle. The odds are against them.

Darkling Plain is a collection of speculative fiction tales about young people in times of conflict.


Crossing the Cliff. After ten years as apprentice to a Peacesteward, the one thing Erastus is sure of is that he's ill-prepared to become a master. Unfortunately, he's about to discover just how ill-prepared he is.

When he and his master stray into forbidden territory, Erastus is thrust alone into a community that is on the brink of war. His only hope for bringing peace is to ally himself with a young boy . . . a boy who has stolen what Erastus values most.
 

Right or Right (Kindle edition). "He looked at Linnet, smiling as sweetly as though she had offered to buy the man's shop. 'Tell me,' said the shopkeeper, 'what caused you to leave your barony?'"

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 (Kindle edition). "That will be your death."

A prince who could see beyond his borders but not see the people around him. . . . An enemy who would take any measure to get what he wanted. . . . And now a stranger has brought news to the prince of an approaching danger.

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?
 

Revenge. Revenge is sweet . . . unless you are haunted by dark memories of your own misdeeds.
 

Wizard of the Sun. When Tyne's father makes plans to rid himself of his dull-witted son, Tyne climbs the wizards' mountain, hoping to find there an answer to his troubles. The power he receives there brings him joy beyond measure. Gradually, however, he comes to realize that the land of his people lies in danger. Tyne sets out to fight the danger, though he realizes that in doing so, he risks losing the power he has gained and returning to the lonely life he led as a boy.
 

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Master/Other

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.


Debt Price (Kindle edition). "He kept his gaze cast below the belt. In the chill cell, sweat was beginning to form now on his neck, running down his back and between his bound wrists. 'Lord,' he said softly, 'I would be glad to pay to you my debt in any way I can.'"

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.
 

Pleasure (Kindle edition). "Halvar leaned forward. His eyes were the color of an arctic sky. 'I am not a fool, Egon,' he said softly, 'so do not treat me as such.'"

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.
 

The Fool. He'd abducted him, bedded him, and taught him every position he knew. So why wasn't the fool grateful?
 

Eternally Divided: A Missing Canto from Dante's Inferno. If you fall in love with one of the damned, should you join him in his damnation?
 

Cold Stars. The prince was told that he must find himself. But what if finding oneself means losing one's love?
 

O Most Unthankful. An Arthurian tale. A simple Greek lesson reaches deep when a tutor seeks to teach a prince what can happen when love and duty clash.
 


Unmasked

Behind the screaming news headlines, behind the hype and the sensationalism, lies the quiet but dramatic tale of people whose actions may change the lives of the next generation.

Unmasked is a contemporary fiction series on a challenging topic.



Twenty Thousand Gold Stars: a novel about an Internet community. "It was a foundation of his life that he must tell no one. The first signs that this foundation would be shattered came on a windy day at the end of February, as he sat in a room lit only by the bright colors glowing from his computer screen."

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.

Read 'Twenty Thousand Gold Stars' in RussianFan translation into Russian by Rose Red (with the assistance of Honeysickle).



Side story

Puppets. 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.
 


Rebels

There's only one thing worse than leather-clad, kinky gay bikers demanding their rights: mild-mannered vanilla heterosexuals demanding their rights.

Rebels offers humor and satire about transgressive sexuality in the twenty-first century.


If Dante Had a Beta Reader. Who needs the Muses for inspiration when you have a beta reader to tell you what to do?
 

The Slavefic Plot Creator. When fan fiction writers have had way too much caffeine.
 

A Sexual Minority Speaks Out. With additional material by Ruthless. "I am an adult male belonging to a rare minority group that is called, in layman's language, Plain Vanilla Straight. I have had these sexual desires for as long as I can remember . . ."
 

What Slaves Do When They Aren't Cleaning Toilets: A Tale of Web Accessibility in the Cybersex Era. "What I want from you is quite simple. I want you to design a Website that's compatible with Section 508 Stop sobbing, damn it!"

What Slaves Do When They Aren't Cleaning Toilets is the first story in the world that presents web accessibility information for the disabled in the form of gay leather erotica.
 


Loren's Lashes

Leather life in a rural town is explored in this series, which looks back on an earlier era. In a time and place where being gay is reason enough to be arrested, the leathermen of Mayhill struggle to keep their small community alive.

Loren's Lashes is a retro series about a Midwestern community of closeted leathermen.


Edgeplay in Mayhill. In 1965, Loren was initiated into the mysteries of leather by a motorcyclist passing through his isolated Midwestern town. Twenty years later, he is owner of the town's gay bar, which serves as a leather bar after hours. He is a master, trained to control and discipline men.

If only he could convince other leathermen of this fact. Having given up hope of ever finding someone who will submit to him, Loren is forced to content himself with secret fantasies. Then he meets the perfect man for his fantasies: handsome, uniformed, full of confidence and strength. But Loren doesn't realize that Ken holds secrets which will initiate them both into a new mystery. . . .
 

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Side stories

Plus Love. "'Tell me you're gay!' He nearly knocked her to the floor as he scrambled over her. 'Please tell me you're gay!'"

Everyone calls her a fag hag. But Gay Pride Day has arrived, and her best friend is about to give her a new name.

There's nothing more embarrassing than feeling up a guy on a date, only to discover that he's gay. But when Zephyra realizes that her fellow college student has his own feelings of shame to overcome, she forges a friendship with him, only to watch as he blooms and grows in his new-found freedom.

Then another young man arrives in the big city, and Zephyra finds herself torn between an old bond and a new one. Now she must seek the strength to offer love to two very different men, who both need her.

A 2011 holiday gift story for Dusk Peterson's readers.
 

First Lesson. "He couldn't remember later why he began talking about bondage."

When a security guard walks into the wrong bar in town, he learns about the dark side of desire, and also about the hope that lies beyond it.
 


Leather in Lawnville

The adventures of a suburban leatherman. These humorous stories on erotic power take gay leathersex out of its usual bars and back alleys, setting it in unexpected locations: A 5&10. A potluck. A hamburger joint. A waltz party. Even when the leatherman who narrates these stories returns to the Eagle bar, things don't go quite the way he expected. . . .


Clothesline. An encounter with clothesline at the Lawnville 5&10 leads the narrator to discover his neighbor's secret fantasy.
 

Spontaneous. Can an Old Guard top survive in a world with safe words?

     ¶ Award: Runner-up, 2006 Rauxa Prize for erotic fiction.
 

Bad Habit. The narrator shows off his leatherboy to a skeptic.
 

Leatherdar. The narrator goes on the hunt at a college ballroom dance. Feed subscriptionUpcoming. To receive notice of e-book publications and free fiction, subscribe to Dusk Peterson's e-mail list or blog.

Pinned. A rude top and an interfering family member prove to be an explosive combination at the Eagle bar. Feed subscriptionUpcoming. To receive notice of e-book publications and free fiction, subscribe to Dusk Peterson's e-mail list or blog.

Short Sharp Shock. His life seems secure enough: an endless round of leathersex and fun. The trouble with gay leather, though, is that you never know when it will take a turn for the unexpected. Now a top finds himself questioning who he is, and just what it is that he wants. Feed subscriptionUpcoming. To receive notice of e-book publications and free fiction, subscribe to Dusk Peterson's e-mail list or blog.
 


Pixel-Stained: a documentary memoir of the electronic publishing revolution in gay genre fiction

Cover for Fan Fiction Fan

Fan Fiction Fan. 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?

At the beginning of 2002, I stumbled across the fan fiction community, where tens of thousands of readers and writers enjoyed gay genre fiction, which publishers rarely published.

I didn't want to write fan fiction. That didn't matter. Gleefully, I began posting male/male stories with original fantasy settings and characters to "slash" fan fiction e-mail lists, at the same plunging into fanficcers' world of online fiction, "songvids," conventions, celebrations of movie premieres, and endless discussions of literature, history, sexuality, and ethics. In the process, I became part of a community that was taking advantage of the Internet's power in order to distribute stories, art, and videos that couldn't be professionally published.

This first volume in the Pixel-Stained series includes reminiscences, stories, and art from yaoi author/artist mdbl; Steve Berman, founder of the gay and lesbian speculative fiction publishing company Lethe Press; J. M. Snyder, founder of the queer fiction press JMS Books; and m/m romance author Emily Veinglory.
 

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