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Mike Mehalek writes fast-paced lyrical books that can be enjoyed with one reading but have enough substance for re-reading. He brings stories to life that demand to be told, regardless of the hopes/dreams/fears/desires of his characters--the Story first--always the Story.

In 2008 Mike earned his masters degree in writing popular fiction from Seton Hill University

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Wednesday, October 24, 2012

Raw Dog Screaming Press: Dog Con 1 Review

This past weekend, I had the privilege of flying down to Baltimore to
attend Raw Dog Screaming Press’ (RDSP) first DogCon, an invite-only
convention to celebrate RDSP and to announce some of its plans for the upcoming year.

Michael A Arnzen's virtual book reading at DogCon
The dog-themed event included readings by Michael A Arnzen and D. Harlan Wilson, tarot readings, tattooing—yes tattooing—giveaways, and a DogCon chat session, a virtual dog pound if you will, that allowed the public to meet some of their
favorite Raw Dog authors, including Steven Archer, Dustin LaValley, John Lawson, Donna Lynch, Jason Jack Miller, Leland Pitts-Gonzalez, and Matthew Warner.

During the State of the Dog address, editor and co-founder Jennifer Barnes also announced Raw Dog will be expanding its claws and sinking its fangs into the realm of science fiction with the launch of its new imprint Dog Star Books.  Dog Star Books will bring readers' favorite sub-genres of Science Fiction Adventure under the imprint's unifying brand.

Leading this imprint will be Heidi Ruby Miller who is no stranger to the science fiction adventure genre.  A life-long fan of sci-fi, Heidi has written numerous stories and essays on science fiction.  During the State of the Dog, it was revealed that veteran authors such as Mike Resnick will be included in this launch as well as newcomers such as K. Ceres Wright, whose novel Cog will be published under the Dog Star name.

And so congratulations to RDSP in this upcoming year (and every year after).
This old dog keeps showing us it can learn new tricks.
Just remember not to pet its fur the wrong way.


  1. Great write up, Mike!

    So glad you were there to enjoy the festivities and the announcement about Dog Star Books.

    Do John and Jennifer know how to throw a party or what?

    :) Heidi

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  3. Thank you so much for the kind words. I try to be informative (I'm a geek and love learning about new things) but I also want the search for information to be enjoyable for people. Again, I'm honored you thought enough to comment, and I hope to have you back here soon.

    -Mike (AKA Tricky)