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Year of the Dogman

by Frank Holes Jr.

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Michigan folklore & legend come to life!

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Monster Quest!

Episode entitled, "American Wolfman"
Dogman's World-Wide Debut!  
Click here for the website of the Dogman sequel:
The Haunting of Sigma

Click HERE for the official website of 
Frank's latest Dogman novel!

Click here for the website of the third Dogman book:
Nagual: Dawn Of The Dogmen
Official Year of the Dogman merchandise, including hats, shirts, sweatshirts, prints, mugs, mousepads, and other items can be purchased in our online store, by clicking the link below:

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Michigan's Dogman:  
Myth or reality?


With a masterís in educational leadership from Central Michigan 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 Northern Michigan with his wife Michele, son James, and daughter Sarah.  

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 "The creature was not a wild dog, nor a wolf or coyote, and truly not a werewolf, at least not in terms that Hollywood always set on such creatures of myth.  Its emergence had nothing to do with the full moon.  Like any other nocturnal predator, it hid during the day and was active at night.  It did not fear crucifixes, garlic, wolfs bane, or any other of the infamous remedies made famous in the movies.  It could not be killed by silver bullets, or regular bullets for that matter.  It was a supernatural combination of an otherworldly specter and a wild, ravenous creature.  Though it had the appearance of a gigantic, wild canine, it had many human-like characteristics too.  Its paws were more like hands, and it could stand up on its hind legs.  And probably the worst of all, its muzzle had the unnatural ability to make many of the same facial expressions as humans could make."



It is the seventh year of the decade, and the Dogman has come to the  little northern Michigan town of Twin Lakes....   

Year of the Dogman
a novel by
Frank Holes Jr.

Terrorizing the North, right now!

News: August 2, 2011

It's here!  Get your official copy of 
The Dogman Epoch: 
Shadow and Flame
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Latest News:  April 20, 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: July 4, 2009

It's here!  Get your official copy of 
Nagual: Dawn Of The Dogmen through the link below to our store:


Latest News: May 29, 2009

The third novel in the Dogman series, Nagual: Dawn Of The Dogmen, has moved from manuscript to editing!  Look for it this summer!

Latest News: July 14, 2008

It's here!  Get your official copy of 
The Haunting of Sigma through the link below to


June 9, 2008

The hotly anticipated Dogman sequel, The Haunting of Sigma, is set for release on July 4, 2008.  Click the link below for the official website:

The Haunting of Sigma  

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.  




We now have copies of Steve Cook's 'The Legend' Legacy Edition CD set as well as Frank Holes Jr.'s Year of the Dogman available online.  Full payment options are available through PayPal.  Click here to order!


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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!



October 2007:  This will be a hunting season no one will EVER forget...


August 2007:  A family out splitting wood is chased into their truck by a creature with glowing yellow eyes, a beast that walks on four legs, then two...


July 2007:  A downstate couple, building their dream house in the north awake to unearthly growls emanating from their unfinished cabin...why must the husband step into the darkness to investigate?



Locations around Michigan where you can purchase your own copy:

horizons bookstores: petoskey, traverse city, cadillac

bookworld bookstores: Iron Mountain, Escanaba, Marquette, St. Ignace

bookmark bookstores: Manistee & ludington

logmark bookstore: cheboygan

goldenrod gifts: indian river

kens village market: indian river

great lakes books:  big rapids

Lelanau Books: Leland

True North Books: Mackinaw City

Ducks Landing: Mackinac City



January 23, 2008:

The 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
Teachers:  Click here for Educator's Specials on Classroom Sets of our Novel.  Great Prices and Discounts!

July 20, 2007
All final editing has been completed.  The digital proof has been approved, and the novel has moved to printing and publication.   A link to on this website will be posted as soon as the book is available for order.  

June 2007:  Two little boys, just out of school and spending the day fishing in the State Forest, come across an abandoned van and the remains of a campsite.  The equipment is all destroyed, but there is no sign of any campers...


May 2007:  Three high school students are pursued by howls and pounding footsteps down a deserted dirt road after their car breaks down.  They make it to a lone house just in time...  

Art by Craig Tollenaar

June 12, 2007
The novel cover art for 
ear of the Dogman has been finalized.

May 15, 2007:
Top notch artist Craig Tollenaar joins the Dogman team to add the 'graphic' touches.  His artwork even scared me, and I'm the one writing the stories...!


June 1, 2007
Full text of Year of the Dogman has been sent to editing and proofreading.  Publication is only weeks away.


May 22, 2007
The final chapter is nearing completion, and we will make the June 1 publication deadline.  Depending upon editing and printing timelines, books may hit the shelves by the first of July.


From the back cover of the novel:

Part mystery, part science fiction, Year of the Dogman is an imaginative, compelling, and adrenaline-pumping adventure. Author Frank Holes, Jr. takes no prisoners in creating a diabolical creature that leaves the forest to prey on the hapless hamlet of Twin Lakes in Northern Michigan . When night falls, the nocturnal beast, Dogman, scares the living daylights out of anyone he happens upon as he searches for a timeless treasure stolen from a Native American tribe. In the midst of the chaos, a young teacher is forced to put two and two together no matter how high the cost to rid the village of the treacherous man-beast who thrives on destruction and terror.  

April 2007:  A little boy shows his momma a picture he's drawn of a creature that appears at the dark edges of their backyard... its tall enough to peer in their windows, a good six feet off the ground...  


March 2007:  'Sonny' Chambers is found wondering aimlessly for two days through the frigid northern woods.  What could have scared him so much he ran out of his house in his long johns and afterward can only speak in gibberish?


February 2007:  Clayton MacGowan is run over as he sprints screaming onto the freeway.  Something has chased him through hundreds of feet of deep snow, over a four foot wire fence, and into oncoming traffic...


January 2007:  Old Bill Sawyer is found dead in his recliner chair.  The coroner's report states he died of a heart attack, but one can only wonder about the look of total fright across his face.  He's facing the little window of his home and whatever has been looking in at him...

Frank's Blog:

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 Midwest.

"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 Michigan.  

"Again, I thank all of our fans and the believers out there.  Keep sharing your stories!"


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 its best!

"Again, I thank all of our readers for their support, and look for more from MythMichigan in the near future."


Watch for Frank's next Blog soon!




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