What is DogCon?


Every year RDSP throws a big shindig to celebrate books, authors and all our supporters. It’s a chance for the RDSP family to get together, meet each other, show off the latest works and begin new creative ventures. This year’s DogCon (IV) is being held in Philadelphia and promises to be the best one yet.

All DogCon activities are open to the public, you can join in on any of them or just come to one. We’re friendly, love meeting new people and we promise not to bite!

Here’s what’s planned:

Friday, October 23rd • 7 pm, FREE

Michael Arnzen’s presentation on “The Uncanny Valley” on Friday at Meagher Theater,
on the campus of Neumann University. More details,

Saturday, October 24th

-Group tour of Eastern State Penitentiary
Take an hour-long RDSP group guided tour of this incredible and fascinating abandoned prison, then spend time writing or exploring the premises. There are some excellent photo ops and the place is sure to stir up creativity.
Time: 11:30 a.m. • Cost: $13 reserve your spot on the tour now

-THE MAIN EVENT – Nightmare Before Halloween
Philadelphia Mausoleum of Contemporary Art (PhilaMOCA)
Time: 7:00-11:30 • Cost: FREE
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Sunday, October 25th

-Private Tour of Laurel Hill Cemetery
More than just a cemetery, Laurel Hill is an outdoor sculptural garden, a horticultural gem and a truly unique historical resource.
Time: Noon • Cost: $16.50, reserve your spot on the tour now

-Book Launch for Battle Without Honor or Humanity & Fringe Fiction Forum
Hosted by Farley’s Bookshop, 44 S Main St, New Hope, PA 18938
About an hour drive north from Philadelphia
Time: 3:00 p.m. • Cost: FREE
D. Harlan Wilson will be on hand to sign books from 3-5, then there will be short story readings from Wilson, John Edward Lawson, Jessica McHugh, Joseph Bouthiette Jr, Josh Myers, William Pauley III, Cristoph Paul, and Leza Cantoral. And afterwards the authors will have a panel discussion on the Future of Fringe Fiction.

Check out photos from DogCon I, II & III