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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)

Space Travel for SF Writers

Hot off the presses from ReAnimus Press! Space Travel - A Science Fiction Writer's Guide— An indispensible tool for all SF writers that explains the science you need to help you make your fiction plausible. (Also via Amazon)

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

2003 Official Results

[Category list]

Standings & #votes for category: Horror Short Stories

1. Acceptable Losses, Simon Wood, Medium Rare Books,
2. Lunchtime at the Justice Cafe, Ken Goldman, Champagne Shivers,
3. How to Grow a Man-Eating Plant, Michael A. Arnzen, The Eternal Night,
4. Mr. Greeves, B. A. Booher, Twilight Times,
5. Moonlight Rendezvous With A Vampire, Marianne LaCroix, Amber Quill Press,
6. Better Watch Out, Ef Deal, Flashshot Daily Genre,
7. Bewitched, Bothered, and Bewildered, Rie Sheridan, Echelon Press,
7. Nesting, Christopher Fulbright, Hellbound Books,
8. 24 Harbinger, Steven L. Shrewsbury, Black Death Books,
9. The Chair Affair, Jade Walker, SmokeLong Quarterly,
10. Reign of the Wintergod, Eugie Foster, Prime Books,

11. A Mother Scorned, Michele R. Bardsley, Writer's Digest,
11. Gifted Trust, John Paul Allen, Biting Dog
12. A Blood Red Moon, Arthur Sanchez, Alien Skin Magazine,
13. Navajo Days, Kathleen S. Allen, The Rose & Thorn,
13. Long Live the Queen, Angeline Hawkes-Craig, Femmes De La Brume/Double Dragon Publishing,
14. Kiss of the Wolf, Susan Krinard, silouette
14. Twist of Cain, Steven L. Shrewsbury, Cyber-Pulp/Ghostbreakers
15. Parts, Jacqueline Seewald, EOTU Ezine,
15. Aliens and Satanic Creatures Wanted: Humans Need Not Apply, Tony Ruggiero, Amber Quill Press,
16. Vodka Through a Straw, Peter Hagelslag, UnWrecked Press,
17. Wisp, Shawn P. Madison, Whispers Of Wickedness,
18. Fair Weather Enemies, Stephen D. Rogers, SDO Fantasy,
18. Daddy's Little Girl, R. Michael Burns, DNA Publications,
18. Favors, Megan Powell, The Blackest Death Vol. 1 (Black Death Books),
18. Taghairm Close, R. Michael Burns, Extremes 5/Lone Wolf Publications,
18. Shadow of a Dog, Steve Redwood, Whispers of Wickedness,
19. Call Me, Gary McMahon, Whispers Of Wickedness,
19. Prisoner 392, Jon F. Merz, Borderlands Press,
19. On the Road to Sorrow Street, Chesya Burke, Horrorfind,
19. This Isn't A Vampire Story, Spencer Allen,,
19. Right to Remain, Megan Hart, AmberQuill Press,
20. Gothic Passions, Jordan Summers, Elloras Cave,
20. Malevolence, Steven L. Shrewsbury, House of Pain,
20. The Aperture of God's Eye, Walt Hicks, Hellbound Books,
20. 2 One of Those Weeks, Bev Vincent, Borderlands Press,
20. The Smell of Leaves Burning in Winter, Weston Ochse, Medium Rare Books,
20. Mr. Jitterbones, A.P. Fuchs, Cyber-Pulp/Free Halloween Anthology 2.0,
20. Cerebral Recycler, Tony Ruggiero in Aliens & Satanic Creatures anthology by Tony Ruggiero, Amber Quill Press,
20. 'TRIP' screenplay excerpts, R.J. Cavender, Horror Library Press,
20. Flower Girl, Debbie Kuhn, Dark Moon Rising,
21. Gifted Trust , John Paul Allen, Biting Dog , http://
21. The Litter, Chuck Petrie, AlienSkin Magazine,
21. The Universal Language of Silence, Forrest Aguirre, Infinity Plus,
21. The Jerusalem Theatre, Lavie Tidhar, HellBound Books,
21. Return on the Downward Road, Sonya Taaffe, Wicked Hollow,
21. Unhinged, Keith Gouveia, Thirteen Stories,
21. Bay, David Erik Nelson, Lady Churchill's Rosebud Wristlet, http://
21. The Johnson's House, Jonah Lissner, Lissner Publishing,
21. Excerpts from Fisher of Devils, Steve Redwood, Whispers of Wickedness,
21. Light Bearer, Steven L. Shrewsbury, Cyber-Pulp, http://
21. Old Virginia, Laird Barron, Fantasy & Science Fiction, http://
21. Eternal Grief, Marcelo Hipolito and Marcelo Machado, Planet Magazine,
21. English 101, Roger A. Jurack, Nocturnal Ooze Magazine,
21. Dying Of The Light, CN Pitts, Anotherealm,
21. Whispers Of Eternity, Brian M Wood, House Of Pain,
21. Blood Codes, Horns, HellBound Books,
21. 1 A Summer's Night Rain, David Bowlin, SDO FANTASY,
21. A Cure For Baldness, M. Louis Dixon, Horror Library,
21. Intimate Strangers, Abigail Friedman, Fables,
21. With the Dammed, Richard Lee, Skybre Press,
21. Caskets, William Bolen, Alien Skin Magazine,
21. 1 Scorned Hearts, Kay Patterson, Terror Tales,
21. Don't Look Behind You, S. J. Hinton, CyberPulp/Ghostbreakers, http://
21. Prisoner, Elizabeth Blue, Nocturnal Ooze,
21. The Necklace, Josie A. Okuly, The Harrow,


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