D. K. N. Yuko


What started as a creative love letter to her dying husband exploded into a New World! The Dakaverse is a dark yet hilarious compilation of D.K. N. Yuko's books, games, movies, and music. Here lies a fully connected Social Sci-Fi/Fantasy universe where interesting, insane characters attempt to roll with the changes between 2000-2101+. The unfortunate Dread-Bearers, an ancient group of surreal, supernatural, slapped together nutjobs, navigate the changing of the guard from a religious-based world state to a technical-based world state. The uncanny action takes place in four fictional American cities: the East Coast’s Plumesworthe and Pensburg and the West Coast’s Ponderer's Point and Tellurium Ridge. Each area has an inherently distinct social and technical climate, which affects the story and the characters from that city.

DaKarai Noshell Yuko has an affinity for writing multicultural stories with flawed characters and strong female leads covering the Social Science Fiction, Occult Fiction, Fantasy, and Dark Comedy genres. Yuko also incorporates her Veclage (Vector Collage) Art in many of her graphic novels and book covers. Veclage Art is an expressive art form created by using layered and textured collages of vector clip art. Suite:Yuko also performs the vivid pop culture references in the book, such as popular music, movies, books, scandals, and everything in between.

Smashwords Interview

What is your writing process?
I love to start out writing just dialogue, nearly the whole book. I'll usually focus on that first because I like my situations and jokes to be very social and character-driven. I'll put each section of dialogue under a quick header to let me know what was going on there. Then, I fill in the obvious things, like who said what and what they were doing at the time. I usually take this time to heavily edit, rearrange, and punch up the events, as well as the comedy or tragedy of it all. Finally, I flesh out the descriptions, details, and layout. This technique helps me keep writer's block at bay, as well as write 200-500 page stories SUPER FAST! I also love to keep a book of continuity, so all my facts match up best as possible across the Dakaverse. Otherwise, my mind races too fast. I often forget what I was talking about mid-conversation. Loads of notes help a lot, when I can read my own writing, sheesh!
How do you approach cover design?
I use resources from mostly Daz 3D, Renderotica, and Pixabay to create my cover scenes and art. Then, I typically get in Photoshop and design a look based on the story concept. Finally, once I'm satisfied with the look of it I'll order posters or photos of the cover via Vistaprint to see how it'll look in real-time. Hang it up, live it, love it, MANIFEST IT! Seriously, that technique has helped me really get a feel for the cover off the monitor.
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Where to find D. K. N. Yuko online

Where to buy in print


Dark Anhedonia
Price: $7.96 USD. Words: 67,180. Language: English. Published: January 1, 2020. Categories: Fiction » Fantasy » Dark
The lowly Anna Daily loses her precious husband in a freak accident at work. Without him to brighten her life, everything feels dismal. When she sells her soul to a dream-walking demon for a new lover, she learns the true definition of dismal.
Dark Est.
Price: $3.96 USD. Words: 67,020. Language: English. Published: June 5, 2016. Categories: Fiction » Horror » Occult, Fiction » Horror » Weird fiction
When nine of Hell’s Elite come together for a devious top-secret mission, anything under the Full Moon can happen. The problem is, this job is so covert that even they have no clue what it is.
Price: $3.96 USD. Words: 42,510. Language: English. Published: June 4, 2016. Categories: Fiction » Fantasy » Paranormal, Fiction » Fantasy » Dark
After a horrible car crash one winter's evening, four celebrities find themselves in a kooky Afterworld. As they await their final fates, they each have one shot at redeeming their-selfish-selves. Of course, the hardest part is admitting their damage, physical AND emotional.
The Glyph Saga Book Five: The Cast Iron Shore
Price: $6.96 USD. Words: 94,050. Language: English. Published: August 17, 2012. Categories: Fiction » Science fiction » Utopias & dystopias
The Glyph Saga: Book Five, The Cast Iron Shore, is the fifth installment of this seven book series. Panga Uno Animo is turned upside down after a string of bizarre events. And, the historical Hospites Nostri aliens are ready to work closely with Earth once more, but what is their motive?
The Glyph Saga Book Four: Beast of Both Worlds
Price: $6.96 USD. Words: 86,870. Language: English. Published: August 14, 2012. Categories: Fiction » Science fiction » Utopias & dystopias
The Glyph Saga: Book Four, Beast of Both Worlds, is the fourth installment of this series. After an uncomfortable period of harsh accusations, some of which are actually false, Emperor Selph and PUA declares a good old fashioned Worldwide War. However, after learning more horrible truths from PUA, a Worldwide War suits Rachale and Dinara just fine. Book 4 of 7
The Glyph Saga Book Three: At the Mother Station
Price: $6.96 USD. Words: 83,600. Language: English. Published: August 14, 2012. Categories: Fiction » Science fiction » Utopias & dystopias
The Glyph Saga: Book Three, At the Mother Station, is the third installment of this series. As Randu, Rachale, Que, and Gina settle into public life in Maurasia, they attain many powerful allies. Meanwhile, PUA is ready to torment Ecliptic Earth with their inexperienced replacement Leaders, and Guandaland makes next-in-line Julia Laos President after Ubo Mensca is assassinated. Book 3 of 7
Hollywood Horrible
Price: $3.96 USD. Words: 40,850. Language: English. Published: August 31, 2010. Categories: Fiction » Fantasy » Dark
A macho, temperamental superstar becomes infatuated with his lovely leading lady during the filming of a high-budget murder movie. They both gain, and lose, more than a fiery relationship. In the deceitful world of Hollywood, some things are horrible!
The Glyph Saga Book Two: Mad at Truth
Price: $6.96 USD. Words: 87,370. Language: English. Published: August 23, 2010. Categories: Fiction » Science fiction » Utopias & dystopias
After the absconders make their Great Escape from the PUA, they are lost and clueless about life outside the silvery Gates. With the cruel onslaught of a natural winter imminent, they shed their royal guises and hide in a salvage yard on the Maurasian coast, making many allies. The PUA recruits outside the NQLC for replacements and launches a new LFW scheme. Book 2 of 7.
The Glyph Saga Book One: A Great Escape
Price: $6.96 USD. Words: 91,950. Language: English. Published: August 23, 2010. Categories: Fiction » Science fiction » Utopias & dystopias
The year was 2098, SF. The planet was Ecliptic Earth. The population was approximately two and a half billion, a combination of Humanoids, Androids, and Soligrams. The problem was an egocentric and overriding Oligarchy, a dimwitted Dictatorship, and a damaged Democracy, locked in a fierce and blatantly personal fight to stay afloat in a tumultuous, combative, broken civilization. Book 1 of 7.
Linear Light from the Ivory Tower
Price: $2.26 USD. Words: 12,280. Language: English. Published: August 23, 2010. Categories: Fiction » Anthologies » Poetry - single author, Poetry » Spiritual
Linear Light from the Ivory Tower is a posthumous poetry anthology from Sheryl Williams Mathis. Sheryl, an African-American Wiccan in Georgia, loved of all things metaphysical and natural. She often expressed her deepest feelings through her poetry. After her death in 2001, her daughter, D. K. N. Yuko, made it her mission to collect and compile her poems, in honor of her mother's loving memory.
Experi-Mental: A Poetry Experiment
Price: $2.26 USD. Words: 3,840. Language: English. Published: August 23, 2010. Categories: Fiction » Anthologies » Poetry - single author, Poetry » Female authors
Experi-Mental is a book of eccentric, experimental poetry. Some of the forms of poetry include haiku, tanka, senryu, and free-verse, some with goth and emo overtones.

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Smashwords book reviews by D. K. N. Yuko

  • Smashwords Style Guide on Aug. 28, 2010

    I thought I could get around reading this book since I already had several titles published in print and on Kindle. Boy was I wrong. This book is so helpful. I could read it easily and follow the directions, even with my three year old jumping on my back. Of course, the best part of all was having my works accepted for the Smashwords Premium Catalog. I even went back to Kindle and uploaded my new files there, using this guide to improve the look of my ebooks. Thanks Mark.
  • Smashwords Book Marketing Guide on Sep. 01, 2010

    This is a very good book, with great advice and ideas. A must read for any Indie author. Thanks again, Mark.