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Critter Notices

Critters is 23!

Yes, 23 years ago Critters was born. Wow! Thanks so much to all of you, who've made it such a resounding success!

Critters no longer accepting European Union members :(

It's with a heavy heart that I have to announce Critters can no longer accept people in the European Union as members. This is a result of the "GDPR" privacy laws going into effect. I'm a big fan of privacy, and applaud the general idea behind the GDPR, but the way it's implemented forces me to close the door to EU writers. [read more why...]

Books from Critters!

Check out Books by Critters for books by your fellow Critterfolk, as well as my list of recommended books for writers.

How to Write SF

The Craft of Writing Science Fiction that Sells by Ben Bova, best-selling author and six-time Hugo Award winner for Best Editor. (This is one of the books your ol' Critter Captain learned from himself, and I highly recommend it.) (Also via Amazon)

New Book from a Critter Member

**NOW IN PRINT EDITION TOO!** Awesome new book, HOW TO IMPROVE YOUR SPECULATIVE FICTION OPENINGS, from a Critter member whose unearthed a shard of The Secret to becoming a pro writer. Really good piece of work. "...if you're at all concerned about story openings, you'd be nuts not to read what Qualkinbush has to say." —Wil McCarthy, author of BLOOM and THE COLLAPSIUM

P&E Has a New Caretaker!

I'm very happy to announce that P&E has been handed off to a new caretaker! Check out the site for news and such. Hurrah!


I'm being interviewed live on public radio for Critters 20th birthday. For those who want to listen, it's on the 10am (Mountain time) show on Thursday, 11/19/16, on Colorado Public Radio - has streaming on the site or it's 90.1 FM in the Denver area. [Interview is done, you can listen on the site]

Free Web Sites

Free web sites for authors (and others) are available at

ReAnimus Acquires Advent!

ReAnimus Press is pleased to announce the acquisition of the legendary Advent Publishers! Advent is now a subsidiary of ReAnimus Press, and we will continue to publish Advent's titles under the Advent name. Advent was founded in 1956 by Earl Kemp and others, and has published the likes of James Blish, Hal Clement, Robert Heinlein, Damon Knight, E.E. "Doc" Smith, and many others. Advent's high quality titles have won and been finalists for several Hugo Awards, such as The Encyclopedia of Science Fiction and Fantasy and Heinlein's Children. Watch this space for ebook and print editions of all of Advent's current titles!

Network speeding up

I'm switching the connection over to a new, shiny 10X faster network because of all the load. There might be bits of downtime as your boxes learn new addresses and things. Should be brief. Let me know of any prolonged outages you see.

Preditors & Editors Changeover

With the very sad passing of Dave Kuzminski, who ran P&E, I've taken over the P&E duties. Lots of what I hope are improvements; check it out at

Critters Server is Dying has been Replaced

See important details here in my blog. Let me know if you find anything that isn't working right. (Manuscripts are now available for this week, FYI.)

Book Recommendation

THE SIGIL TRILOGY: The universe is dying from within... "Great stuff... Really enjoyed it." — SFWA Grandmaster Michael Moorcock

Announcing ReAnimus Press

If you need help making ebooks from manuscripts or print copies—or finding great stuff to read—look no further! An ebook publisher started by your very own Critter Captain. (And with a 12% Affiliate program.) [More]








Preditors & Editors Poll results

Preditors & Editors Poll results

2002 Official Results

[Category list]

Standings & #votes for category: Horror Short Stories

1. in The Mind Of Darkness, Patricia A. Rasey, Amber Quill Press,
2. Moondancer, Howard Hopkins, Atlantic Bridge,
3. Trouble Magnet, Rick Jankowski, Futures Mysterious Anthology Magazine, http://www.FMAM.BIZ
4. Some Enchanted Evening, Lisa DuMond, Prime Books,
5. Zombie Invaders from Mars, Rie Sheridan, Echelon Press,
5. Accidental Lazarus, Kfir Luzzatto, Fiction Inferno,
6. Generation Clash, Steven L. Shrewsbury, SDO,
7. Dancing Shoes, Tim Pratt, Champagne Shivers,
8. The Five Thieves, Eric S. Brown, Bewildering Stories,
9. The Chronicles of a Madman, Michael Larocca, Zumaya Publishing,
9. Chalk Marks, Megan Powell, The Eternal Night,
10. Demon Killer, Myra Nour, New Concepts Publishing,

11. Nekros, Bret Wright, Clamcity,
12. dream stalker, elisa adams, elloras cave,
13. Trick Candles, Stephen D. Rogers, Wicked Hollow,
14. Snicker Snack, Rich Logsdon, DemonMinds,
15. The Other Side of the Door, C.C. Hammond, echelon
16. Cataclysm, Terry 'Horns' Erwin, Aventine Press,
17. The Corpse - Secret of the Severed Head, G. Wells Taylor, The Wildclown Chronicle,
17. Grim Expectations, Katherine Irving, Amber Quill Press,
18. A COMPLETE WOMAN, Nicole Givens Kurtz, Booklocker,
18. Wayne's Dead, Christy Tillery French, Publishamerica,
19. The Curse of Bapoment, Horns, The Writer's Hood,
19. Infidelity, Dark Matter, DemonMinds,
19. The Spawning, Lee Clark Zumpe, The Edge,
19. Moonlight, So Bright, Shawn P. Madison, SDO Fantasy,
19. No Man's Land, W. B. Vogel III, Twilight Times Books,
20. What's Wrong With Mildred?, E.C.McMullen Jr., Catalyst Press,
20. A View From The Tub: An Inspiring and Practical Guide to Working From Home, Millie Szerman, Stairwell Press,
20. Blue Notes, Patrick Welch, Fables,
20. Jamal & Rokeshas' Night of Horror by Lakesha Brown, Lakesha Brown, webspawner,
21. Killing Mother, S. J. Hinton, CGP,
21. The Paintbrush Murders, Cia Leah, DiskUs, http://
21. Communion with the Worm, Brian A. Hopkins, Cemetery Dance Magazine,
21. Throughout The Night, David Bowlin, Sintrigue Dot Org,
22. The Fourth Utterance, Jeffrey Thomas, Fangoria Frightful Fiction,
22. Bed For $ale, C. Dallas McCoy, Demonminds,
22. Anguish Manifest, Marc Sanchez,,
22. wayne's dead, christy tillery french, publish america,
22. Downstream Flow: A Fugue, Forrest Aguirre, Flesh & Blood magazine,
22. Hog Maw, Scott Emerson Bull, Horrorfind,
22. Must Be Like Heaven, Marc Sanchez, House of Pain,
22. Faith, David Bain, CyberPulp Houston,
23. The Pipe of Souls, F&SF magazine, http://
23. A Spectacle of A Man, Weston Ochse, Random House-Del Rey,
23. The Minotaur, Bill Kte'pi, Strange Horizons,
23. Play With Me, Beth Adams,,
23. Road Rage, Andrew J. Muller, BeWrite Books,


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