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I'm psyched that you are part of this email magazine list.

Maybe we haven't seen each other or spoken in a while. What's cool is that you've stuck with me, and the RDSP team, this long. In return I'd like to give you something to help celebrate our 13th anniversary. 

Below you will find a free printable eBook download, two internship listings and a job opportunity, great content from our authors, special discounts, information about our biggest event ever...and you're invited!

For info about even more freebies be sure to read to very end of this newsletter. But first, let's talk about you coming to our beach party. 
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We have thrown a lot of parties over the years at conventions, and hosted numerous workshops and writing retreats, but this year's DogCon event will trump them all.

DogCon5 is taking place at Broadkill Beach on the Delaware Bay in just six weeks! The weekend will feature:
  • Readers Choice Award winner announcement, presentation of the championship belt
  • Guest speaker publicity expert Beverly Bambury will give tips on book promo
  • S'mores sponsored by Carrion Blue 555, plus group meals/snacks
  • Beach bonfire
  • Visit to Dogfish Head brewery 
  • A live writing Instigation led by Mike Arnzen
  • Story Swap: authors will swap short pieces & perform each others’ work aloud
  • Learn cover design
  • And much more!

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Book Deal: S. Craig Zahler, A Congregation of Jackals

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The weird western surge continues! Even as S. Craig Zahler is busy working on his next films, Brawl in Cell Block 99 and the Puppet Master relaunch, we have struck a deal to bring his extreme novel A Congregation of Jackals back into print.

This cult classic is currently selling for over $140 to hardcore collectors, but what we are offering is the author's preferred text. A Congregation of Jackals rounds out Zahler's western horror trilogy with Bone Tomahawk and Wraiths of the Broken Land

Arnzen Audio

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Michael A. Arnzen has unleashed himself on BandCamp! He has two new releases, the POEDOWN collaboration with Stephanie M. Wytovich, and the Expanded Digital Edition of AudioVile. And he has special offers for you!

First, subscribers to our newsletter receive the following discount code: "rawdogger" for 15% off any order at

Even better, Dr. Arnzen is offering free download codes when you purchase any Wytovich or Arnzen product at We will supply the code for your free downloads of POEDOWN and the AudioVile Extended Version when your order ships.

This offer is limited to the first 25 customers.

Steel Magic Book Launch

East City Books is a new store in Washington, DC providing not only an incredible book selection, but also a great event space.

Did you know there is a Steel Magic nail polish, and Steel Magic cake? We captured photographic evidence.

Take a look at the gallery from the launch party for Steel Magic, the sequel to last year's Steel Victory: Steel Empires 1, at our blog.

Battle Without Honor or Humanity Volume 2 pre-order

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"The clouds glow above the forest fire like the holographic brains of mathematicians . . ."

J. G. Ballard once confessed that his worst fear was an atrophy of the imagination brought on by anti-intellectualism and the dumbing down of culture. D. Harlan Wilson's ferocious innovations remind us that the powers of the imagination remain very much alive. In the follow-up to his critically acclaimed fi ction collection, Wilson makes good on what Publishers Weekly called "a lingering threat to do it all again." These stories of ennui, terror and jouissance foreground a raw existential absurdity that siphons energy from the specter of media culture. Dreamlike and satirical, theoretical and obscene, Wilson navigates the riverworlds of the cinematic unconscious, reminding us just how profoundly the real has become the reel.

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Poets House Showcase Display in New York

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The 2015 RDSP poetry releases of On Quiet Nights, The Underside of the Rainbow, Underwater Fistfight and An Exorcism of Angels are on display in the annual Poets House Showcase in New York City. The showcase is described as “a free exhibit featuring the new poetry books and poetry-related texts published in the United States in a single year from over 700 commercial, university and independent presses. Displaying volumes by individual authors, anthologies, chapbooks, biographies, critical studies, essay collections, CDs, DVDs, and more, the Poets House Showcase is a diverse and inclusive exhibition in which books from micro-presses receive the same care and attention as major publishers.” The exhibition is on view until August 20. For hours and directors visit

City Ash and Desert Bones Pre-order

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City Ash and Desert Bones by Laurel Myler is now available as a pre-order from Dog Star Books!

"Laurel Myler's explosively energetic vision of our dystopian future ignites our deepest fears, challenging us to contemplate what it means to be human, what physical and spiritual resources may be required to survive when the ones we most love become murderous biohazards." -Melanie Rae Thon author of Silence & Song and The 7th Man

Book Deal: RDSP Signs Lee Murray & Dan Rabarts for a two-book deal!

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RDSP has signed a two-book deal with a writing team from New Zealand—Lee Murray and Dan Rabarts. The first book in this dark detective mashup is titled Hounds of the Underworld and it launches The Path of Ra series.

Though the speculative fiction scene in New Zealand is small, it’s also vibrant and we’re excited to be able to expose some of that talent to the U.S. audience,” says RDSP’s John Lawson. For more read the full press release.

A Free Poetry Collection For You

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And now a message from internationally-renowned author Christina Sng: 

"My first haiku collection, A Constellation of Songs, has just been published at the Origami Poems Project!! :D It is a printable micro chapbook so you can grab a copy right away. Very grateful thanks to my wonderful publisher Jan Keough for working tirelessly with me to bring this collection to life. I hope my poems bring sunshine and joy to your day as it has mine, writing them. Much peace and love to you!" 

Download A Constellation of Songs at Origami Poems.

And the finalists are...

The voting was fast and furious, with supporters of J.L. Gribble and Andy Deane coming out in droves!

We extend our thanks to all who did their literary duty and cast ballots. The results are available at

The winner will be announced at DogCon5!

Just Released

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Steel Empires book 2: Magic is dying…

Funerals are usually the end of the story, not the beginning.

Newly graduated warrior-mages Toria Connor and Kane Nalamas find themselves the last remaining mages in the city when a mage school teacher mysteriously falls ill and dies. But taking over the school themselves isn’t in the cards. They’re set to become professional mercenaries—if they make it through the next 18 months as journeymen first.

The debate over whether to hunt mutated monsters in the Wasteland or take posh bodyguard jobs is put on hold when a city elder hires them to solve the mystery of the disappearing mages. Toria and Kane’s quest brings them to the British colonial city of New Angouleme, where their initial investigation reveals that the problem is even greater than they feared.

But when a friend is kidnapped, they’ll have to travel to the other side of the globe to save her, save themselves, and save magic itself.

Trisha will admit she’s made a few mistakes in her life but that checkered past is behind her. She loves her kids, even if it’s tough being a single mom. But her loyalties are put to the test when her infant son disappears in the middle of the night, and his big sister says a monster took him.

Now Trisha has to face the full truth behind the one-night-stand that produced Brayden in all its scaly torridness—Brayden’s father wasn’t human and isn’t interested in sharing custody. However, even though DEMON  has pulled this stunt many times before, he made a mistake when he chose Trisha. The one thing she won’t do is give up her son without a fight. Along with her ex-boyfriend, Joel, Trisha is dragged back into the seedy underworld in a desperate fight to reclaim her son, only this time she’s got a lot more to lose.

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There’s a striptease that happens in Brothel that is neither fact nor fiction, fantasy nor memory. It is a dance of eroticism, of death and decay. The human body becomes a service station for pain, for pleasure, for the lonely, the confused. Sexuality is hung on the door, and the act of love is far from anything that’s decent. Her women spread their legs to violence then smoke a cigarette and get on all fours. They use their bodies as weapons and learn to find themselves in the climax of the boundaries they cross in order to define their humanity…or lack thereof.

Author Interviews & Blogs
Resources For Young Speculative Poets
by Matt Betts

So You Want to Build a Suicide Squad, Eh?
by Stephanie Wytovich

Interview at Turn to Ash
with Lucy A. Snyder

Cat After Dark interview
with Kristin Dearborn
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