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Leather fiction, history, and magazines ¶ By Dusk Peterson

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Sections below:

* Leather fiction and power fiction.
* Leather history.
* Leather news, magazines, and books.
* Related sites at this domain.
* Blog, list, and FetLife profile.
* Author information.

Leather fiction and power fiction


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.

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

Rebels. Humor and satire about transgressive sexuality in the twenty-first century. There's only one thing worse than leather-clad, kinky gay bikers demanding their rights: mild-mannered vanilla heterosexuals demanding their rights.

Leather in Lawnville. The adventures of a suburban leatherman.


TURN-OF-THE-CENTURY TOUGHS: prisoners, prostitutes, and passion

A cycle of historical speculative fiction series about disreputable men on the margins of society, and the men who love them. The novels are set in prisons, battlefields, and a house of prostitution. Power-based relationships and sadism are recurring topics in the cycle.
The cycle:

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 a speculative fiction series set in a nineteenth-century prison where the psychologists wield whips.

Michael's House. In a world where temples are dying and sacred theaters have been replaced by brothels, what will happen when a hard-headed businessman joins forces with an idealist?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 speculative fiction series set in a Progressive Era slum.

Life Prison. 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 speculative fiction series about male desire and determination in nineteenth-century prisons.

Commando. 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 speculative fiction series that imagines what the South African Boer War could have been like if it had been fought on American soil.

Waterman. How can a youth from a bay island boarding school survive when he is sent to a futuristic prison? ¶ Waterman is a speculative fiction series set in an alternative version of the Chesapeake Bay region during the 1910s and during the future as it was envisioned in the 1960s.

Dark Light. Only in the dark can one truly see the light. ¶ Dark Light collects side stories from Turn-of-the-Century Toughs.

Turn-of-the-Century Toughs series resources.

TRUE TALES: an erotic e-zine of masculinity and power

This gay magazine publishes and recommends true stories, fiction, art, photography, and videos. Includes many leather stories. (Off-site link.)

Leather History

Leather Culture, 1945-1985: A Bibliography of Printed and Online Resources. Links and references.

Leather History Essays.

The Leather Research Reference Shelf. Gateway for several of the sites on this page, with a search engine.

Topman: Online Writings by and about John Preston. A site devoted to the author of the gay leather classic Mr. Benson.

For more leather history, see the sites below on books and magazines.

Leather News, Magazines, and Books

International Directory of Online Leather Magazines and Newsletters. Includes links to leather club directories.

Leather Books in Alternative Formats. Books available in audio format, large print, electronic text, and braille.

Leather Fonds: Archives and Libraries with Collections Related to Leather Culture. Places to find leather books and magazines.

Leather TOCs: Tables of Contents for Leather Magazines. Includes summaries and related links.

Transcend: Leather Spirituality News and Links. Articles that are in favor of leather spirituality are linked at this site, as well as articles that are opposed to leather spirituality.

True Tales: An Erotic E-zine of Masculinity and Power. This gay magazine publishes and recommends true stories, fiction, art, photography, and videos. Includes many leather stories. (Off-site link.)

Related Sites at This Domain

Buried Treasure: Recommendations of Online Male Homoerotic Stories and Male Friendship Stories. Includes recommendations of  leather fiction and BDSM fiction.

The Literature and History of Friendship, Romantic Friendship, Romance, and Sexuality. Includes GLBT resources.

Sites on the History and Literature of Western Hierarchical Relationships. Focusses on relationships between people of different status or rank. Relationships based on platonic feelings and relationships based on sexual attraction are both discussed at this site.

Blog, list, and FetLife profile

Dusk Peterson's blog and list.

FetLife. This profile can be viewed only by other FetLife members. Adults only.

Author Information

About the author.

Dusk Peterson has received the following honors:

Runner-up, 2006 Rauxa Prize for erotic fiction.

Nominee, Mid-Atlantic Regional category, Pantheon of Leather Awards, 2006.

Other awards.

Dusk Peterson's e-zine True Tales has received the following honors:

Four story and poetry finalists, Rauxa Prize for Erotic Writing 2006, of which two became runners-up.

Story winner, original fiction category, Titanium Whip Awards 2006.

Editor's Pick, GayDemon, 2007.

Nominee, Best Erotic E-zine category, Cybersocket Web Awards, 2008.

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