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OF THE DOGMAN STORE
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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"The creature was not a wild dog, nor a wolf or coyote, and truly
not a werewolf, at least not in terms that
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
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
And probably the worst of all, its muzzle had the unnatural
ability to make many of the same facial expressions as humans could
is the seventh year of the decade, and the Dogman has come to the
little northern Michigan town of Twin Lakes....
of the Dogman
a novel by
Frank Holes Jr.
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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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:
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
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:
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.
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.
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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...
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?
around Michigan where you can purchase your own copy:
bookstores: petoskey, traverse city, cadillac
bookstores: Iron Mountain, Escanaba, Marquette, St. Ignace
bookstores: Manistee & ludington
gifts: indian river
village market: indian river
lakes books: big rapids
North Books: Mackinaw City
Landing: Mackinac City
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
Click here for Educator's Specials on Classroom Sets of our Novel.
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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 Amazon.com on this website will be
posted as soon as the book is available for order.
June 12, 2007
The novel cover art for
Year of the Dogman has been finalized.
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
. 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.
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...
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
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...
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...
|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
|Watch for Frank's
next Blog soon!