Gork, the Teenage Dragon: A Novel by Gabe Hudson

‘Gork, the Teenage Dragon’ being developed for TV series by The Gotham Group

Gork the Teenage Dragon
Gork is the nerdiest dragon at WarWings Military Academy. He has a giant heart and tiny horns. His nickname is Weak Sauce.
Today before his high school graduation, he must ask a female dragon to be his queen. The result is a rollicking quest for true love on the most madcap day ever known to a high school senior – dragon or otherwise.
Along the way, Gork gets help from his best friend Fribby, a fierce female robot dragon who is brilliant, snarky, and totally obsessed with death; and Athenos II, his sentient spaceship who carries a shocking secret from his childhood. Ultimately, Gork will have to lock horns with his evil grandfather, Dr. Terrible.
Can a quest for true love make a hero out of a dragon?
Gabe Hudson

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Press & Reviews

“Hilarious . . . Gork is less Game of Thrones and more The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy with fire-breathing characters and a John Hughes-esque plot.”
Rolling Stone

“Guaranteed to entertain...Hudson creates an omnivorous parodic vibe worthy of Futurama...Any good-hearted, whimsy-favoring reader, from acned to aged, who delights in chaotically fantastical or fantastically chaotic narratives involving the quest for one’s authentic identity and place in the world will surely enjoy Gabe Hudson’s debut novel...Gork satirically plumbs some of the same supervillain territory that forms the basis of recent films like Despicable Me.”
Paul Di Filippo, The Barnes & Noble Review

“The fun is in the gonzo, sci-fi fantasy details. Sweet-natured Gork faces deadly threats and learns lessons about love. . . . Hudson seems to be taking cues from Terry Pratchett’s Discworld novels and Douglas Adams’ Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy, with perhaps a smattering of Kurt Vonnegut, Joseph Campbell and Mark Twain.”
San Francisco Chronicle

“Gork possesses the madcap invention and strange genius of Alice in Wonderland.”
The Paris Review Daily

“Charming and wildly imaginative. . . . Gork, who immediately establishes himself as one of the most lovable characters of the year, is an orphaned 16-year-old dragon with a tremendous heart, a sensitive soul, and a deep appreciation for poetry. The most fun read of the summer.”
—Isaac Fitzgerald, BuzzFeed

“A dragon version of Ferris Bueller’s Day Off. . . . It’s a grown-up fable, a charming, though bloody, fairytale for adults, with enough explosions to satisfy the adolescent in us while making readers cheer for Gork.”
New York Journal of Books

“Big-hearted and gawky, Gork gives us a lovable loser sure to win the hearts of sci-fi readers and fans of offbeat comedies.”
Shelf Awareness

“A winning coming-of-age story. . . Harry Potter meets Sixteen Candles meets The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy, a hilarious and heartfelt fantasy novel with one unforgettable hero: Gork.”
Google Play Summer Reading

“A wondrously insane mashup of teen rom-com, coming-of-age fable, and dragons. . . . Not to be missed!”
—Barnes & Noble, Best New Fiction of the Month

“It's hard not to love a story about a dragon with a spaceship that cribs its plot from a John Hughes movie. The hyperkinetic teen-dragon comedy-romance you never knew you wanted.”
Kirkus Reviews

“Cleverly plotted and executed. . . . Gork’s amusing growing-up story unfolds in vignettes of encounters with various kooky fellow dragons. Throughout, Hudson makes generally witty and occasionally brilliant reflections on humans’ often reptilian behavior.”
Publishers Weekly

“Smart, subversive, funny and fun, Gabe Hudson has created something special—something soaring. It’s Catcher in the Rye spiced with Anne McCaffrey, Eragon by way of John Irving, with a whiff of Douglas Adams for good measure.​”
The ​Maine Edge​

“A humorous fantasy. . . reads like a Generation Z teen was set loose on the works of Terry Pratchett. You’ll be surprised how well the human teenage experience maps to the struggle of an adolescent dragon clawing his way up the social ladder.”
—Barnes & Noble, Sci-Fi & Fantasy Blog

“Take a bit of The Hitchhiker’s Guide, a little Harry Potter, and sprinkle in some John Hughes . . . Gork is a fantastical, outrageous, coming-of-age love story featuring a dragon named Gork on a quest to find his lady love, maybe conquer a planet, and encounter plenty of hijinx along the way.”
Unbound Worlds, Summer’s Best Sci-Fi & Fantasy Pick

“This story is amazingly clever and just downright funny. You will laugh out loud (rare in a book for me) and you’ll be surprised by all the turns this novel takes. A nice break from all the seriousness of the world, and a palate cleanser from all the heavy fiction out there. It’s a trip you’ll be happy you took, and wouldn’t object to taking again in the future.”
—Melissa Lojo, Master Bookseller, Book People Book Store

“Hilarious, satisfyingly fun. . . [as] if John Hughes wrote a Game of Thrones dragon comedy. The story's whimsy and humor keep the plot moving.”
The Chicago Review of Books

“My one & only crush.”
—Melissa L.-O.​, Harvard Book Store

“Like nothing you’ve ever read before—a quirky, wildly fun ride.”
—Jarry Lee, BuzzFeed

“Genre-bending, age-defying appeal. . . . Gork has one thing going for him: a big, generous heart. Seriously, literary sentimentalists, can you resist?”
Library Journal

“Like a mad scramble to find the right date for prom—but with dragons. Gork might have a ‘scaly green ass,’ but teens will laugh and relate to his desperate search for a date. Recommend this one to fans of offbeat science fiction and fantasy, such as the Hitchhikers Guide to the Galaxy series.”

“Gork is the funny, wonderfully-written coming of age story about a dragon from another planet that is equal parts smart, silly, and sincere!”
—Nikki, Newtonville Books Bookstore

“An instant dragon tale classic…The lovable central character in Gabe Hudson’s Gork, the Teenage Dragon is the hormonal underdog dragon you never knew you wanted to read about and then can’t seem to think about without smiling. Resembling the very best John Hughes films, Gork has a memorable group of unique characters …kids and adults will find much to adore in this book.”
Brief Take

What Other Writers are Saying About Gork

Gork, the Teenage Dragon combines so many things I count on in fiction I love—great expansive humor, a big-hearted optimism about all that’s possible in the world and in fiction, a very clear moral purpose and a sense of social responsibility—plus a willingness to experiment with the form of writing, to push the art of writing further, and with passion.”
—Dave Eggers, author of The Circle

Gork, the Teenage Dragon is a hilarious ride through the mind-bending and capacious universe, a one-of-a-kind coming-of-age story for the big-hearted and beleaguered. Mostly, it’s a reminder that, now especially, we on planet Earth need a whole lot more dreamer-poets, a whole lot more gentle peace-loving fools.”
—Tracy K. Smith, Pulitzer Prize-winning Author of Life on Mars and Ordinary Light

Gork, the Teenage Dragon is jam-packed with outrageous storytelling and soulful humor in the glorious American tradition of Kurt Vonnegut and Mark Twain. When I finished reading this book, I wiped a tear from my eye... Who knew a dragon’s coming-of-age story could be filled with so much humanity?”
—Gary Shteyngart, author of Super Sad True Love Story

“Gork’s no Puff, frolicking in some “autumn mist” or whatever. Gork’s one badass outer space dragon. His secret weapon? Poetry! Gork’s got it going on. This wonderful, big-hearted, crazy novel is a testament to Gabe Hudson’s ingenious imagination.”
—Elizabeth McKenzie, author of The Portable Veblen

Gork, the Teenage Dragon induced in me such madcap, heartfelt delight and joy, like getting drunk but WITHOUT impaired faculties and PLUS dragons.”
—Alice Sola Kim, 2016 Whiting Award Winner

“Gabe Hudson’s fire-breathing, page-scorching creation, Gork the dragon, is more human and big-hearted and generous than most people I know. This book is as sly and smart as it is hilarious.”
—Ben Marcus, author of Leaving the Sea

Gork the Teenage Dragon is on fire! It's magnificent and exuberant and ferociously funny, and it's also one of the most moving coming-of-age stories to appear in a long time.”
—Paul La Farge, author of The Night Ocean

“An epic love story... This dragon Gork is a direct descendent of Huck Finn and Holden Caulfield, and his voice is a marvel of comic timing and pathos. Gork the Teenage Dragon is sure to become an instant classic, destined to be loved by all sorts of readers through the ages.”
—Akhil Sharma, author of Family Life


(More tour dates forthcoming)

To schedule an event, please contact Jordan Rodman at jrodman@penguinrandomhouse.com.

July 11, 2017, 7:00 pm

695 E. Colorado Blvd.
Pasadena, CA 91101-2116

July 13, 2017, 7:30 pm

1231 9th Avenue
San Francisco, CA 94122-2306

July 17, 2017, 7:30 pm

3723 SE Hawthorne Blvd.
Portland, OR 97214

July 18, 2017, 7:30 pm

In conversation with Daryl Gregory, author of SpoonBenders and BuzzFeed Books Editor Isaac Fitzgerald
225 Smith St.
Brooklyn, NY 11231

July 19, 2017, 7:00 pm

1256 Massachussetts Ave.
Cambridge, MA 02138-3820

July 21-22, 2017, 2:00 pm

Panel: It’s a Funny Story: Writing Humor

Brendan Reichs (NEMISIS) in conversation with:
Brandon Snider (What Would Captain Picard Do?)
Fred Van Lente (Ten Dead Comedians)
Liz Climo (You Don’t Want a Unicorn)
Gini Koch (The Alien Series)
Gabe Hudson (Gork, the Teenage Dragon)

Horton Grand Theater
San Diego Convention Center
111 W. Harbor Dr.
San Diego, CA 92101

July 25, 2017, 7:00 pm

603 N. Lamar Blvd.
Austin, TX 78703-5413

July 26, 2017, 7:00 pm

2421 Bissonnet St.
Houston, TX 77005-1451

July 27, 2017, 7:00 pm

In conversation with BuzzFeed Books Editor Isaac Fitzgerald
143 Seventh Avenue
Brooklyn, NY 11215

July 30, 2017, 1:00 pm

In conversation with Matthew Kiam, author of Who is Rich?
420 W Kennedy Blvd.
Tampa, FL 33602

August 11, 2017, 7:00 pm

1521 10th Ave.
Seattle, WA 98122-3806

August 12, 2017, 7:30 pm

Charlie Jane Anders (All the Birds in the Sky) in conversation with:
Anna Pulley (Lesbian Sex Haiku Book)
Inkoo Kang (TV critic for MTV News)
Nick Farmer (linguist and creator of Belter language for Syfy’s The Expanse)
Toni D. Newman (I Rise:the Transformation of Toni Newman)
Gabe Hudson (Gork, the Teenage Dragon)

3225 22nd Street
San Francisco, CA 94117

September 13, 2017, 7:00 pm

Fiction Reading hosted by Ben Marcus
Dodge Hall
2960 Broadway
New York, NY 10027

October 5-8, 2017

Penguin Random House booth signing
Javits Convention Center
New York, NY 10001

October 19, 2017, 7:30 pm

Pete’s Reading Series
709 Lorimer Street
Brooklyn, NY 11211

February 15, 2018, 7:00 pm

Glass Cafe, West Building
68th Street and Lexington Avenue
New York, NY 10065

Featured Videos

At Comic-Con 2017, Gabe Hudson appeared on a panel: It’s a Funny Story: Writing Humor.

Everyone's heard the saying, "Dying is easy -- it's comedy that's hard." The panelists discuss the challenges of creating humor that reaches an audience and how it can be used to temper serious tomes.

Brendan Reichs (NEMISIS) guides the conversation with Brandon Snider (WHAT WOULD CAPTAIN PICARD DO?), Fred Van Lente (TEN DEAD COMEDIANS), Liz Climo (YOU DON'T WANT A UNICORN), Gini Koch (THE ALIEN SERIES), and Gabe Hudson (GORK, THE TEENAGE DRAGON)

Gabe describes his talent at Comic-Con.

Gabe describes his former life as a professor of creative writing.

Gabe talked with Signature Views about the importance of learning to write jokes, and how he experienced culture shock when getting his MFA.

Profiles and Interviews, 2017

From Marine Corps to Teenage Dragons: How Gabe Hudson Finally Wrote His Debut Novel
—by Lincoln Michel, Rolling Stone

Author Gabe Hudson: On studying jokes and comic writers Kurt Vonnegut, Woody Allen and Douglas Adams
Signature Views

Reading and discussion of Robert Coover's story 'The Frog Prince', Fairy Tales, and where Gork's big heart came from
—with Fiction Editor Deborah Treisman, The New Yorker Fiction Podcast

Gabe Hudson Talks Adolescence and Gork, The Teenage Dragon
—by Matt Staggs at Comic-Con 2017, Unbound Worlds

Author Gabe Hudson on his writing origins
Penguin Random House

What's Gabe Hudson reading?
—by Piper Castillo, Tampa Bay Times

Interview with Gabe Hudson
—by Christy Jane at Comic-Con 2017, Tales of a Ravenous Reader

Dragons and Deprivation: Gabe Hudson and Akhil Sharma in Conversation
The Paris Review

Gabe Hudson Interviewed About Gork, the Teenage Dragon
—by Shawn Speakman, Unbound Worlds

Powell's Q&A: Gabe Hudson, Author of 'Gork, the Teenage Dragon'
Powell's Book Blog



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About Gabe Hudson

GABE HUDSON is the author of Dear Mr. President, a finalist for the PEN/Hemingway Award and winner of the Sue Kaufman Prize for First Fiction from the American Academy of Arts and Letters. Hudson was named one of Granta's 20 Best of Young American Novelists and was a recipient of the Hodder Fellowship from Princeton University, the John Hawkes Prize in Fiction from Brown University, and the Adele Steiner Burleson Award in Fiction from the University of Texas at Austin. His writing has appeared in The New Yorker, The New York Times Magazine, The Village Voice, McSweeney's, Black Book, and Granta. For many years, he was Editor-at-Large for McSweeney's. He lives in Brooklyn.

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