Wednesday, June 24, 2009

Dogman Update 6/24/2009

Dogman Blog June 2009

Summer greetings to all of our Dogman fans!

Summer is here and we are preparing for the official release of the new novel, Nagual: Dawn Of The Dogmen, the third in the Great Lakes thrillers series! Scroll further below for more details on this new exciting book, set for tentative release July 4th! And see our website for the new COVER ART for the new book, just posted!

And be sure to check out our official website for all Dogman news and information!

This month, we have been smashing our own sales records from last June. Stops in Owosso, Saginaw, and Frankenmuth have already more than tripled the number of novels that have gotten into the hands of our beloved fans! So far, after nearly a year, our first novel, Year of the Dogman, continues to just barely outsell the prequel, The Haunting of Sigma.

And we are spreading the folklore of the Dogman into realms previously unknown to purveyors of northern Michigan legend.

The last two stops for the little blue tent this month are this weekend, Saturday in Mackinaw City (Conkling Heritage Park) and then Sunday in Traverse City (Old Town craft fair on Union Street). Be sure to check us out!

July is going to be very busy. We pick up again on July 3 & 4 in Lake City, followed by July 5 at the National Cherry Festival craft fair in Traverse City. Weekends will follow in Charlevoix, Indian River, and Grayling.

Be sure to check out our website for our full 2009 schedule. Hopefully we’ll be haunting a town near you:

Our upcoming schedule for July and August (tentatively) is below:

June 27: Mackinaw City craft fair, Mackinaw City MI
June 28: Old Town craft fair, Traverse City MI

July 3-4: Lake City craft fair
July 5: Cherry Fest craft fair, Traverse City, MI
July 11-12: Charlevoix arts fair
July 18: Indian River craft fair
July 24-25: AuSable craft fair, Grayling, MI

August 1-2: Lexington arts fair
August 7-9: Onekama craft fair
August 14-16: Mint Festival, St. Johns, MI

Want to see our full 2009 schedule? Check out the link below:

Update on the new Dogman (part 3) novel:

The third book in the Dogman series, Nagual: Dawn of the Dogman, has moved to printing!!! We still have a tentative release date of July 4, 2009 if everything works out through our publishers and printers. We hope to have these books available for debut at the National Cherry Festival craft fair, where we will be graciously honored with the presence of our good friend, and the true father of the Dogman legend, Steve Cook. Steve wrote and sang “The Legend”, the Dogman song that started it all and became the basis for a true urban legend that has continued to reinvent itself over the past 22 years.

You can also see a copy of the novel’s COVER ART, done by the acclaimed Craig Tollenaar. Click on the link below:

But on to the story of the third novel. The first half of the new book chronicles the emergence of the Nagual, the evil, shape-shifting Skin-Walkers. These magical beings from some world beyond our own have overtaken the bodies of humans and changed them into an army of Dogmen. It is this army, led by a powerful sorcerer-chieftain, which is besieging the prehistoric North American civilizations.

We will also see a return of an old friend from the original novel, Year of the Dogman. Yes, that’s right, part of this new novel will chronicle the frantic and frightfully perilous journey of a familiar French fur-trader as he flees the horrific spirit he released.

The second half of the novel jumps forward to 1977 in the outlying communities of Lake Ann and Interlochen in Grand Traverse and Benzie Counties. The horrible growling in the night hasn’t been heard in this part of Michigan for a millennia or more. Not only has the local wildlife been scared off, but the unlucky residents of the area’s summer camps, cottages, and resorts are beginning to wonder if they’ve picked the right part of Michigan for their summer destinations.

Interested in some snippets from the new novel? We are continually adding more ‘teasers’ from the novel each week for our fans. Check the link below and be sure to stop by often for more updates.

Dogman Merchandise:

We still have the official Dogman Survival Guide t-shirts available. Only $10 on our website, they come in all sizes S-3X and include good advice: Don’t Go Out At Night!

We have restocked our Dogman hats and they are now available. Word on the street is that we will debut a new t-shirt design over the July 4th weekend. You’ll have to stop by and see us for the latest in Dogman apparel!

Steve Cook’s The Legend Legacy Edition CD/DVD is also available for only $20. Remember, 10% of all sales go to support the Cheboygan Humane Society.

See our Dogman store for all official merchandise:

Now that summer is here, and the many tourists have returned north as potential bait, be on the watch for Dogman sightings! Stop by and see us on our summer tour, we’ll be haunting a town near you! As always, autographed books make great gifts! All of our books are autographed and personalized upon request.

Again, check our official website for more on the myth and folklore of Michigan’s Dogman. Thanks for your continued support and love of northern Michigan folklore!