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A soldier courts a young woman on the eve of battle. An aircar chauffeur tests the boundaries of his enslavement. A despairing captive must choose whether to obey the deadly command of a lord.
Yes, My Liege offers speculative
and contemporary fiction on friendship, romance,
and faithful service amidst transformation.
Updated September 2021.
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 novel set in a world where war has lasted for generations.
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 disabled people in times of conflict.
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.
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.
LOREN'S LASHES. 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. ¶ Loren's Lashes is a retro series about a Midwestern community of closeted leathermen. 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.
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. . . .
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.
RAGBAG. My early creative efforts: stories, poetry, illustrations, news stories, mail, journals, and posts.
Progress reports. Status of upcoming stories.
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?
is a speculative fiction novel
set in a
war has lasted for generations.
Noble. He has lost his title, his work, and everyone's respect. That will be the easy part.
Petty. As far as the world knows, Corbin is dead.
¶ Upcoming. To receive notice of new fiction, subscribe to Dusk Peterson's e-mail list, blog, or Patreon account. See below for a progress report on upcoming fiction in this series.
Darkling Plain is a collection of
speculative fiction tales about
young disabled people in times of conflict.
Right or Right. 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.
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.
Shadow. A prince who could see beyond his
borders but not
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
Wizard of the Sun. "The room before me was empty – but I was still bound."
Revenge. Revenge is sweet . . . unless you are haunted by dark memories of your own misdeeds.
Masters come in many forms. Some don't even know they're masters.
Romantic and poignant, Master/Other
stories exploring the dangers and sweet bonds of power.
Debt Price. 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.
Pleasure. 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.
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.
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
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!"
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.
Loren's Lashes is a retro series about a Midwestern community of closeted leathermen. 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.
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
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
But Loren doesn't realize that Ken holds secrets which will initiate
both into a new mystery. . . .
Negotiations. Danger has more than one edge.
Preparations. Twenty years have been building up to this moment.
Scene. You cannot hide what you are forever.
¶ Parts four through six are upcoming. To receive notice of new fiction, subscribe to Dusk Peterson's e-mail list, blog, or Patreon account. See below for a progress report on upcoming fiction in this series.
Plus Love. Everyone calls her a fag hag. But Gay Pride Day has arrived, and her best friend is about to give her a new name.
Lesson. "He couldn't remember
later why he began talking about bondage."
The Leather Research Reference Shelf.
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. . . .
An encounter with clothesline
at the Lawnville 5&10 leads the narrator to discover his
Spontaneous. Can an Old Guard top survive in a world with safe words?
¶ Honor: Runner-up, 2006 Rauxa Prize for erotic writing.
Bad Habit. The narrator shows off his leatherboy to a skeptic.
Leatherdar. The narrator goes on the hunt at a college ballroom dance.
Pinned. A rude top and an interfering family member prove to be an explosive combination at the Eagle bar.
Short Sharp Shock. An abandoned work-in-progress volume of Leather in Lawnville.
The Leather Research Reference Shelf.
Unmasked is a contemporary fiction series on a challenging topic.
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.
Twenty Thousand Gold Stars.
¶ Fan translation into Russian by Rose Red (with the assistance of Honeysickle).
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.
My early creative efforts: stories, poetry, illustrations, news stories, mail, journals, and posts.
(I was born in April 1963.)
My Fun and News Paper. My first journalistic project, self-published. According to my mother's note, I created this at the tender age of eight.
"Jimmy and Sabrina dug up bottle caps on July 12."
Robert Lace, Best Soldier/Spy Ever. The map, creative chronology, and outline of my first attempted novel, age eleven. Includes a note about my creative process back then.
"July 17 - Made Questionnaire, Illustrations, List of Illustrations, The Parts of my Book, and copied down the publishers address."
Daily Life. My journals, started at age eleven.
"If you look around (and I find that adults find that very hard to do) you'll see that signatures of famous writers such as Dickens or Carroll are hard to come by. So they are worth a whole lot of money, more than I'd care to mention. (And I bet even if they weren't scarce, they'd be worth a lot.) Manuscripts, letters, doodles to pass the time of day away with. All are worth thousands, even millions. Even the brown shoelace from the left workshoe of Dickens cost $300.
"Anyway, as I'm to be a famous writer someday (I hope) I'm saving my things up."
Ad Infinitum. From my high school literary magazine, the first science fiction story of mine that was ever published. Includes a note about how I came to write the story.
"The shot at Reynold was wide; Dexter stepped behind a cliff to avoid letting the answering bullet reach its target. His body was wet with sweat, but at least he had stopped shaking; his shots were steady, it was just that Reynold's were better."
A Matter of Principle. A poem that was published in the 1980 issue of my high school literary magazine. It was one of a handful of fantasy narrative poems that I wrote in my mid-teens.
"The War of 1305
(As everyone says)
Is a remarkable one
In the history of Kleiku and Juid."
Grey Dawn. Another narrative poem published in my high school literary magazine, this one from 1981. I posted it at my blog, along with some samples of my early stories.
"Sky too grey for comfort,
Sun was cued, enter east,
When he hadn't yet accepted
The impending night."
Bookstore work. A letter I wrote in 1984, when I was a student aide at my college bookstore.
"Enclosed you will find a copy of J. Winfree Smith's A Search for the Liberal College, beautifully wrapped by our Trusted Student Aide."
Life as an editorial assistant. An exasperated 1991 memo from my time at the John Hopkins University Press.
"P—— wants me to call Congress and tell Representative —— to Federal Express his article to us in triplicate right away."
Pro-Gay and Ex-Gay Christians – Is There Room for Dialogue? Narratives and News on Christianity and Homosexuality during the 1990s. Articles from my period as an interfaith news reporter. In the late 1990s, most Christian denominations and other faiths remained deeply divided on the issue of homosexuality and related topics, such as gender roles. This e-book collection of narratives and traditional news articles looks back at that tumultuous period, when Christians around the world engaged in battles and occasional dialogue in an attempt to determine the future of the Christian Church.
"Two American Anglicans would watch the events of July 1997 and be stunned by what happened. Both knew that Anglican attitudes toward homosexuality would shape the lives of people like themselves. Both believed that the decisions of the Episcopal Church and the Anglican Communion could result in more heartbreak and tragedy in the lives of same-gender-attracted people, or else the decisions could bring those same people to spiritual fulfillment and the peace of God. One of the Anglicans was a leader in a gay ministry. The other was the leader of an ex-gay ministry."
Irreversible Threads. A story I started in 2001. (Includes story notes.)
"I am Jason son of Hegesippos, leader of the Sixth Light Cavalry in defense of Athens."All that changed on the day that I awoke to the sound of a clock-radio."
Sweet Revenge. An abandoned work-in-progress fantasy story I wrote in December 2001. (Includes story notes.)
"Lyf chuckled softly. 'You're such a skilled liar. You're wasted on Xavier; you ought to be an acting-boy, playing in tragedies and comedies.'
"The slave, reaching over to squeeze juice from a grape into Lyf's mouth, said, 'I don't think actors can play in both.' He spoke hesitantly, in the voice of a boy not used to contradicting others.
"'Why not?' said Lyf, shrugging. 'I'm playing in both: I'll die at the same moment I'm released from my prison.'"
Overlord. An abandoned work-in-progress contemporary fantasy story I wrote in December 2001. (Includes story notes.)
A car screeching to a halt at the corner caused Lark's muscles to tense. The car was a taxi; from its back seat emerged Vance, clad in his usual cream-colored jacket. He handed the taxi driver a bill, then hurried away without waiting for change. The taxi roared through the intersection, Vance ran up to the Dragon, who had tossed the newspaper aside and was emptying his pipe.
They held a hurried conference for a moment. The Dragon showed Vance something on his computer screen that caused the young man to nod. After a moment, they parted, with the Dragon turning the corner to follow the path the musician had taken, while Vance walked back down the road in the direction from which the taxi had just taken him.
Lark turned and handed the boy his dragon. He took it with the same grave expression on his face. He was evidently skilled at recognizing adult emergencies, and he asked no questions as Lark rose and ran across the street.
Half-man. An abandoned work-in-progress fantasy story from 2002. The older man was seeking a prince he had lost. The younger man was seeking a love he had never possessed. Their alliance was of necessity, but both the desperate lord and the abused slave would discover that their bond was stronger than they had initially imagined – a bond that would be threatened by the conflicting demands of their different cultures. (Includes story notes.)
"A smile . . . a touch . . . the words, 'I am yours.' And then the kiss . . . He closed his eyes against the pain that sliced at him like the sword of a fierce warrior."
House Outtakes. Five
semi-abandoned works-in-progress from the Michael's House
series: "Brand," "Perfect for the Role," "Memories," "Hell's
Penitence," and "Homewife"; plus the original map for Vovim City.
(Includes story notes.)
The letter was not, as he had expected, from Janus Roe. All of the letters he had received so far from Michael's House had been from Michael's business partner – not that Janus had had much to say. The letters had been polite, uninformative, and filled to the brim with unspoken accusations of his infamy.
Michael, he could be sure, would be much more subtle. A stiletto in the back was more Michael's style.
Original map of
the Great Peninsula. From November 2005, my original sketch
of the map for Chronicles
of the Great Peninsula.
Short Sharp Shock (from May 2008, an abandoned work-in-progress volume of Leather in Lawnville). 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. (Includes story notes.)
"It's time he moved on. He was always looking for a long-term leather relationship. I was just training him for that."
Fan Fiction Fan. 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 e-book 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.
"I remember when I first started reading slash erotica; it seemed to me to bear as much resemblance to real sex as cotton candy does to real food. Wonderfully sweet, but oh my goodness . . . Slash characters never have problems getting aroused. They never have to stop to argue over what type of furniture they should use for the positions they want. They never make costly errors in bed and have to beg their partner for forgiveness. And they never have to get into a cold car at three a.m. in order to drive five miles to the nearest open drugstore to buy the right supplies.
"So you know the convention for First Time stories? Two pages of agonizing over whether to go to bed together, followed by ten pages of blissful sex? Well, I've turned the convention on its head and suggested that the real agonies of First Time encounters are most likely to occur in bed.
"Just writing a realistic 'Where the hell are we going to find lubricant at this time of night?' scene did me good.
Dungeon Outtakes. The beginning
of three abandoned works-in-progress from the Eternal Dungeon
series: "Bad Blood," "Tea Friends," and "Follow the
Leader." (Includes story notes.)
As usual, none of them had heard the High Seeker enter their quarters.
Nonfiction and fiction recommendations. Websites, mainly web directories, that I created between 2002 and 2015.
Edgeplay in Mayhill (Loren's Lashes volume).
Mastery in Mayhill (Loren's Lashes volume). In progress.
Drought in the Desert (Loren's Lashes side story). Nearly completed.
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