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DUSK PETERSON
Historicalfic: Historical Research for Fiction Writers
http://historicalfic.com
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Clients and Research Topics

Katharine Bond. Topic: The history of blind scientists.

Mark Samuels Lasner. Topic: Max Beerbohm (1872–1956).

William S. Peterson. Topic: Flannery O'Connor (1925–1964).


Professional Affiliations

Historical organizations:

  • American Historical Association.
  • National Council on Public History.
  • Organization of American Historians.

Business organizations:

  • Association of Independent Information Professionals.
  • Association of Independent Publishing Professionals.
  • Editorial Freelancers Association.

Writing organizations:

  • Broad Universe [science fiction, fantasy, and horror].
  • Historical Novel Society.
  • Historical Writers of America.
  • Romance Writers of America.
  • Society of Children's Book Writers and Illustrators.

Past memberships:

  • Cultural Alliance of Greater Washington.
  • Historical Society of the Episcopal Church.
  • International Thriller Writers.
  • Society of Architectural Historians [USA].
  • Society of Architectural Historians in Great Britain.
  • Washington Independent Writers.

Education and Training

Association of Independent Information Professionals (online), 2016 to present.

  • Webinars on various aspects of being an independent information professional.

St. Mary's Seminary and University, Ecumenical Institute of Theology (Baltimore), 1992.

  • Graduate courses in history.

The Johns Hopkins University, School of Continuing Studies (Baltimore), 1991–1992.

  • Graduate courses in history.

Publishing Training Centre (Oxford, England, extension; known then as Book House Training Centre), 1990.

  • "Copy-editing Skills," a certificate course.

St. John's College (Annapolis, Maryland), 1982–1987.

  • B.A. in Liberal Arts.
  • Four-year, non-elective, Great Books program for studying more than 2500 years' worth of primary sources in Western history, literature, political theory, economics, philosophy, theology, music, mathematics, biology, chemistry, and physics.

University of Maryland (College Park), 1981, 1985–1986.

  • History major.

Mentored in historical research by William S. Peterson, literary historian and printing historian, 1978 to present.

  • My father is a Professor Emeritus of the University of Maryland, College Park.
  • He has authored history books published by the Oxford University Press, University of California Press, Ohio University Press, and other presses.

Research, Writing, and Publishing Work

Historical researcher, Historicalfic: Historical Research for Fiction Writers, 2017 to present.

  • Also worked as a historical researcher for writers: 1989–1990, 1992, and 1998.

Indie author and publisher, Love in Dark Settings Press, 2007 to present.

  • Through the press, I have issued over one hundred works of my historical speculative fiction, including stories of crime, suspense, and/or romance, as well as stories for young adults.

Webmaster of history and literature sites, 2002 to present.

  • Have created twenty-four websites compiling links on topics in history and in literature (primarily genre fiction).

Freelance writer of history and journalism, 1993 to present.

  • My history articles (covering social history, literary history, architectural history, religious history, the history of philosophy, and the history of science) have been published by The Anglican, Arsenal Pulp Press, Faces, Gay Chicago Magazine, Gay Theological Journal, God's World Today, Haiduk Press, Highlights for Children, Odyssey, and The Unitarian Universalist Christian.
  • My journalism articles, originally written for my own interfaith newsmagazine, often delved into historical topics and were reprinted by Anglicans Online (Canada/U.S.), BICNews (Belfast Islamic Centre, U.K.), Church Net UK, FEZANA Journal (Federation of Zoroastrian Associations of North America), Golden Compass (Belgium), Minnesota Pagan Press (U.S.), and RE-XS (U.K.).

Columnist, POD People, 2008.

  • Multi-author blog of news and reviews on print-on-demand books and e-books.

Editor, The Slash Skinny, 2007.

  • Market report and news e-zine on fiction publishing.

Editor and staff writer, True Tales, 2005–2009.

  • E-zine of fiction, narrative nonfiction, and news.
  • Duties included acquiring and editing stories and articles, many of which had a mid-twentieth-century setting.
  • My news articles and resources on Hurricane Katrina were featured in the Internet Archive's curated round-up of websites on that topic.
  • Three works of fiction and poetry by other authors that I acquired for True Tales became finalists in the Rauxa Prize literary awards contest.

Beta reader of fiction manuscripts, 2002–2013.

  • I edited manuscripts (including a number of historical fiction tales) that were later published by Torquere Press and Salt Publishing or were self-published.

Editorial assistant to two acquisitions editors of history manuscripts, The Johns Hopkins University Press (Baltimore), 1990–1992.

  • One of the editors acquired manuscripts on American and regional history, while the other editor acquired manuscripts on European history.
  • Duties included research.

Editorial assistant, Papers of the Bibliographical Society of America (Maryland journal), 1989–1990.

  • Much of the journal is devoted to historical topics.

Copy editor and staff writer, Gowanda Penny Saver News (New York newspaper), 1989.

Proofreader, junior copy reader, and staff writer, Greenbelt News Review (Maryland newspaper), 1988–1989, 1995–1997.

Copy editor and staff writer, The Gadfly (Maryland college newspaper), 1982–1987.

  • Among my articles was a series on the history of student life at the college, researched from archival sources.

Copywriter for advertisements of school publications, Eleanor Roosevelt High School (Greenbelt, Maryland), 1980–1981.

Proofreader, The Cottage Press (Maryland small press), 1978–1981.

  • The press primarily handled books on literary history.

Feature editor, copy editor, and staff writer, The Review (Maryland high school newspaper), 1978–1981.

Staff member, Raider's Digest (Maryland high school literary magazine), 1978–1981.


Library, Archive, and Bookstore Work

Stocker and security guard, University Book Center (College Park, Maryland), 1985–1986.

Student assistant, St. John's College Library (Annapolis), 1984–1985.

Student assistant, St. John's College Registrar's Office (Annapolis), 1984.

  • Recorded school archival material.

Student assistant, St. John's College Bookstore (Annapolis), 1983–1984.

Student assistant, Eleanor Roosevelt High School Media Center (Greenbelt, Maryland), 1979–1980.

Student assistant, Cheltenham Center Library (Cheltenham, Maryland), 1976.


Literary Honors

Rainbow Awards (LGBT literature contest).

  • 2016: Third Place, Best LGBT Book category, for the alternate history collection Risk.
  • 2016: Winner, LGBT Alternative Universe/Reality category, for Risk.
  • 2016: Finalist, for Risk.
  • 2016: Honorable Mention, for Risk.
  • 2014: Runner-up, Gay Fantasy category, for the alternate history novel Mercy's Prisoner.
  • 2014: Finalist, for Mercy's Prisoner.
  • 2014: Honorable Mention, for Mercy's Prisoner.
  • 2013: Finalist, Gay Fantasy category, for the alternate history novel The Abolitionist.
  • 2012: Honorable Mention, One Perfect Score category, for the historical fantasy novel Law of Vengeance.
  • 2011: Honorable Mention, Best Gay Novel/Book, for The Eternal Dungeon.
  • 2011: Winner, Gay Fantasy category, for the alternate history novel omnibus The Eternal Dungeon.
  • 2011: Second Place, Setting Development category, for The Eternal Dungeon.

Rauxa Prize (fiction and poetry contest).

  • 2006: Runner-up, for the short story "Spontaneous."

Greenbelt News Review scholarship (Maryland).

  • 1981: Alfred M. Skolnik Scholarship for excellence in journalism.

Fine Arts Festival (Prince George's County, Maryland).

  • 1980: Finalist, for poetry.
  • 1979: Finalist, for poetry.

Interviews

Interview by Tami Veldura, May 2016. On my work as an author of historical speculative fiction.