DK Mok is a fantasy and science fiction author whose novels include Squid's Grief, Hunt for Valamon and The Other Tree. DK has been shortlisted for three Aurealis Awards, a Ditmar, and a Washington Science Fiction Association Small Press Award.
When car-hacker Squid rescues a cheerful amnesiac from the trunk of a stolen car, her decision to help him recover his memory sets her on a collision course with the enigmatic crime lords who rule Baltus City. More details...
10 June 2016
"If you love cyberpunk fiction you will adore this book. If you enjoy noir stories with shifting allegiances and twists you will adore this story. Frankly, if you love good fiction you will find something in this exciting tale. A scintillating cyberpunk tale with impressive elements of noir fiction and action thrillers."
4 June 2016
"Squid’s Grief is thoughtfully written; fast-paced with excellent action and consistent humor throughout. Both heroes and villains alike are three dimensional characters full of regret and desire; they are well written, likable characters who all walk in that moral grey zone."
18 May 2016
22 Apr 2016
"Suffice it to say, there are awesome heists. Read this book. That’s all I can say."
18 Apr 2016
In exciting news, Hunt for Valamon has received a BookGateway Booky Award for Best Fantasy Novel!
12 Apr 2016
"Snappy humour, a compelling protagonist, and well-timed action. Squid’s Grief shows us exactly what successful ‘cyberpunk’ looks like."
10 Apr 2016
DK was recently interviewed by J Lenni Dorner over at What Are They. DK talks about Squid's Grief, amnesia, diversity and authenticity.
26 Mar 2016
18 Mar 2016
"This is a fantastic novel full of fast-paced action. If you like the movie Blade Runner, dystopians, and character-driven novels, you should absolutely pick this up."
14 Mar 2016
A special edition of In Memory: A Tribute to Sir Terry Pratchett has just been released with a brand new cover designed by Dámaso Gómez. All proceeds go to Alzheimer's Research UK.
11 Mar 2016
Thank you to the lovely Darby Karchut, award-winning author of Unholy Blue, for being part of the mini blog-tour for Squid's Grief!
10 Mar 2016
Thank you to the wonderful Kelly Hager from KellyVision for hosting the first stop on the mini blog-tour for Squid's Grief!
9 Mar 2016
Check out DK's latest guest post over on the Hugo Award-winning blog SF Signal. In "Cities of Smoke and Light: The Allure of Marvellous Metropolises", DK talks about Blade Runner, Raymond Chander, noir, and the wonder of labyrinthine cities.
8 Mar 2016
It's release day for Squid's Grief! DK's new cyberpunk adventure has been described as "imaginative, dark, intelligent and refreshing" by Mitchell Hogan (award winning author of Inquisitor and the Sorcery Ascendant Sequence).
24 Feb 2016
Squid's Grief was mentioned in John DeNardo's recent post on Kirkus! John (editor of the Hugo Award-winning blog SF Signal) discusses the sub-categorisations within fantasy and science fiction, and highlights some exciting new releases.
22 Feb 2016
Two weeks left to enter the Goodreads giveaway for a chance to win a signed paperback copy of Squid's Grief. The giveaway is open worldwide and ends March 6, 2016.
17 Feb 2016
This year's Aurealis Awards finalists have been announced, and we're excited to share the news that two of DK's stories have been shortlisted.
'Almost Days' from the anthology Insert Title Here (FableCroft) is shortlisted for Best Fantasy Short Story, and 'The Heart of the Labyrinth' from In Memory: A Tribute to Sir Terry Pratchett is shortlisted for Best Young Adult Short Story.
Congratulations to everyone on the shortlists.
16 Feb 2016
The Ditmar Finalists for 2016 have been announced, and DK has been shortlisted for Best New Talent. The Ditmar Awards celebrate excellence in Australian speculative fiction writing.
"I'm delighted and humbled to be on the shortlist alongside Liz Barr, T.R. Napper & Rivqa Rafael. Australia has a strong and diverse speculative fiction community, and I'm honoured to be in such wonderful company." - DK
15 Feb 2016
"There is so much to love about this book. Squid and Grief are both amazing characters in their own right, and Baltus City feels like a living, breathing place. There’s an almost cinematic vividness to the settings and people in the book, to the point where I could easily see this story translating to the screen. This is Mok’s third novel, continuing a diverse career. If you’ve never read her work before, and are a fan of cyberpunk flavoured settings with a good dash of humanity and humour, this is a great place to start."
14 Feb 2016
"I always love D.K.’s intelligent characterisation and the wry humour throughout her books."
12 Feb 2016
There are less than 3 weeks to go until the release of Squid's Grief, and we're giving away a signed paperback copy over on Goodreads. The giveaway is open worldwide and ends March 6, 2016.
10 Feb 2016
Hunt for Valamon received a nice shout-out from award-winning author Mitchell Hogan during his latest reddit AMA.
"(DK's) characters are smart and sassy, and there's great humor throughout her books."
3 Feb 2016
18 Jan 2016
There's less than two months to go until the release of Squid's Grief! Keep an eye out for the giveaway, starting in the next few weeks.
8 Dec 2015
We're excited to finally reveal the cover for DK's upcoming cyberpunk novel, Squid's Grief!
In the seething metropolis of Baltus City, car-hacker Squid is desperate for a fresh start. She dreams of a normal life and a respectable job, where retirement comes with a pension plan, not an exit wound. Determined to break free from the criminal syndicate that commands her, she agrees to one last heist. But when she rescues a cheerful amnesiac from the trunk of a stolen car, her decision to help him sends her own plans into a tailspin.
Squid and the amnesiac—soon nicknamed Grief—rapidly find themselves caught between warring criminal factions, shadowy vigilantes, and Squid’s own hopes for a better future.
As she investigates deeper into the mystery of Grief’s true identity, Squid begins to uncover a past darker than her own, setting her on a collision course with the enigmatic crime lords who rule Baltus City.
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Squid's Grief will be released on March 8, 2016, and will be available in paperback and ebook.