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Myth or reality?
With a masterís in educational leadership from
University, and an undergraduate degree in English Literature from Michigan State
University, Frank Holes, Jr. teaches literature, writing, and mythology
at the middle school level and was recently named a regional Teacher of
the Year. He lives in
with his wife Michele, son James, and daughter Sarah.
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In The Haunting of Sigma,
Frank Holes, Jr. returns fans of the legendary Dogman to the wild world
of cryptozoology in
. This darker, far more
sinister prequel to Holesís first novel fully establishes his hold
upon the imaginations of readers all over the
. June 1987 ushers in the
hot, dry summer season, but something else far more horrifying has taken
up residence in the deep wilderness in
. The Dogman, a supernatural
combination of canine and man, has returned to wreck havoc upon the
tiny, sleepy community of Sigma.
Eric Martin, a young conservation officer with a propensity for trouble,
uncovers clues to a mysterious beast stalking the dense forests.
The townsfolk share nightmarish accounts of horrifying grunts and
howls that permeate the dark hours.
Gigantic, mysterious wolf-like prints are scattered at the scene
of several Ďaccidentsí and vandalized properties.
Pets come up missing, and livestock are slaughtered mercilessly.
A number of residents disappear completely in the chaos.
Phone lines go dead and the power is lost unexpectedly.
And the clues all connect back to a preposterous folklore song
about an even more unbelievable legendary creature.
Some folks packed their bags to escape the madness.
Some folks loaded guns in an attempt to solve the problem
themselves. And every night
during that long week, everyone stayed awake.
Only a handful have discovered the creatureís true identity,
but they may be far too late to save the desperate inhabitants and the
little village from total destruction.
In this terrible prequel to the regional thriller, Year
of the Dogman, Frank Holes, Jr. yet again spins a tale of suspense
and horror as Sigma counts down its last few days of existence.
In the seventh year of the
'80s decade, the Dogman arrived in the
little northern Michigan community of Sigma...and it was never the same
Haunting of Sigma
a novel by
Frank Holes Jr.
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News: April 18, 2011
Yes, there will
be a NEW Dogman book coming this summer! It's an action-packed
thriller, part science-fiction, part mystery, and part fantasy as we
learn the deeper, darker history of the Dogman and how the creature
could change the fate of the world. Look for it July 4!
News: May 29, 2009
The third novel in the
Dogman series, Nagual: Dawn Of The Dogmen, has moved from manuscript to
for it this summer!
News: July 14, 2008
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June 8, 2008
The official cover for
the new Sigma book has been released on our website. It has been
expertly designed by Craig Tollenaar, artist extraordinaire who created
the covers for Frank's other books.
May 31, 2008
The manuscript for The
Haunting of Sigma has been completed, edited, and uploaded to our
publisher, Booksurge. The official cover will be released on our
website on June 1. The official release date for the novel will be
July 4, 2008.
May 15, 2008
To celebrate our
upcoming one year anniversary, we are giving away FREE gifts. On
the first day of June, July, and August of 2008, one lucky fan will be
randomly chosen from our email newsletter opt-in list to receive a
Dogman hat or poster.
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creature would suffer the best mankind could throw at it and still
survive. It could live
through crashes and impacts of every sort.
It wasnít a werewolf, and couldnít be taken down by silver
bullets, nor by any bullets of any sort.
It had survived the ravages of fire and ice, of great storms and
time eternal. It had seen
the rise and fall of many native civilizations, and it had even aided
the destruction of cultures. Its
roots traced back to the blackest of supernatural magic.
It wasnít any sort of animal native to our world.
And it was a far cry from its once human origins.
were quiet and nights were silent. That
was the one nice aspect of the little community out in the woods.
Very little excitement ever happened.
Folksí lives generally followed their basic routines.
They worked hard. They
played hard. In many cases
they drank hard. The
community was fairly close-knit; everyone knew each other. It was a rare
event that an outsider bothered anybody or anybody got themselves really
riled up. At least it was
that way until that third week of June, 1987.
The haunting of Sigma had begun, and the townís days were
around Michigan where you can purchase your own copy:
bookstores: petoskey, traverse city, cadillac
bookstores: Iron Mountain, Escanaba, Marquette, St. Ignace
bookstores: Manistee & ludington
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village market: indian river
lakes books: big rapids
North Books: Mackinaw City
Landing: Mackinac City
March 13, 2008
The manuscript for Frank's newest novel,
code-named "The Laptop", has been completed, and is in the
hands of our editor. Release date for the new novel will be
tentatively May 1, 2008
Frank has also begun work on the sequel to the
first Dogman book. Look for
The Haunting of Sigma this summer!
History Channel's program MonsterQuest will air a Dogman special
TONIGHT, January 23, 2008 at 10pm. Click here for more information from
Steve Cook's website!
October 7, 2007
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|February 9, 2008:
"Although the History Channel's MonsterQuest program was a
slight disappointment for Michigan's Dogman fans, it was
nonetheless a fabulous documentary of the Dogman
phenomena. We've talked to many in northern Michigan who
wished the program discussed many more of the sightings and
encounters in our own state. And I was happy to see the
Big Rapids encounter was mentioned on the program.
"I think we need to remember that
Linda Godfrey, author of Weird Michigan, Beast of Bray
Road, etc. is from Wisconsin, and she helped to put together
the show. It is natural that she would like to focus on
her own state. If MonsterQuest had asked me for input, I
would have naturally focused on the legends and folklore of
Michigan. But they didn't. Linda has certainly been
following this phenomena for a long time now, and is the
regional expert. I think we need to keep that in
mind. Michigan's Dogman legend will gain its recognition
in due time.
"Regardless of the source of the
information, I thought it was GREAT that the Dogman legend is
being shared across the US and around the entire world.
The description of the creature is the same whether in Michigan
or Wisconsin. The encounters and sightings are certainly
similar. It won't be long before the Dogman gains the
legendary status that Bigfoot has in many locales.
At least it will be a recognizable name in places other than the
"I've been overwhelmed by the
number of emails we've received connected to the MonsterQuest
special. Obviously it was a hit around the US. And
that's what has us so excited here in northern
"Again, I thank all of our fans
and the believers out there. Keep sharing your
March 13, 2008:
"We've finished the rough draft manuscript for our next
novel, which at this time is code-named "THE LAPTOP",
since we don't have an official title yet. THE LAPTOP is a
children's fantasy-adventure based upon the mythological story
of The Odyssey. The main character is a young boy named
James who is transported to a fantasy world reminiscent of the
American Old West of the 1870s. There he meets up with a
Civil War Veteran / U.S. Marshal named Stephan Odysseus, and the
two of them must journey across the frontier, past the Rockies,
to San Francisco where the Marshal must put his family and
business back to rights. Along the way they encounter
fabulous creatures and terrible villains, and James finds an
inner strength he never knew he had.
"THE LAPTOP is a fun, exciting
book geared for elementary and middle school readers, though the
story and its influences from Greek mythology will appeal to
older readers too. Students of Greek mythology will
recognize the references to characters, monsters, and
events based on the Odyssey.
"We hope to have THE LAPTOP
available May 1, though that is an aggressive timeline. We
are pleased to be able to offer a book for younger readers who
may not be ready for Year of the Dogman.
"Just this past weekend, we've
moved a large number of novels at the UP Spring Craft Fair in
Escanaba, MI. And we were able to meet several other
aspiring authors whose work, which was shared with us, you will
undoubtedly see in print someday. We are only 30 copies
away from our 1000th book sale!
"And on a final note, we've
started the planning stages for The Haunting of Sigma,
the follow up to Year of the Dogman. This new
novel, which will be available this summer, is set 20 years
previously (1987) in the tiny village of Sigma in Kalkaska
County. It is shaping up to be a much darker, more intense
reading than the first novel was. Classic Dogman at
"Again, I thank all of our readers
for their support, and look for more from MythMichigan in the
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