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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.

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

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)

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

2005 Official Results

[Category list]

Standings for category: Horror Short Stories

1. Goodnight, Michael West, Wicked Karnival,
2. Big Sister/Little Sister, Jennifer Pelland, Apex Digest,
3. Traffic School, Simon Wood, Horror World,
3. Silver Throat, Daria Karpova, Dream People Magazine,
4. Alive Into Hell, B.J. Bourg, Writer's Post Journal -Oct.,
5. Red Barchetta, Debbie Kuhn, Nocturnal Ooze,
6. Night Creatures, Elisa Adams, Changeling Press,
7. Wicked World, Steven L. Shrewsbury, Ultimate Hallucination,
8. Grimm, Howard Hopkins, Atlantic Bridge Publications,
8. Wicked Lucidity, Mandy M. Roth, New Concepts Publishing,
9. Silver Anniversary, Stephen M. Wilson, Sideshow Press,
9. Game of Hell, Pamela K. kinney, Speculative Centre Fiction,
9. Forgotten, But Not Gone (Trespasing Time antho), Sheri L. McGathy, Double Dragon Publishing,
10. Masterpiece, Nancy S. Ward, Chippewa Publishing,
10. Peekers, Kealan Patrick Burke, Horror World,
10. Don't Stop Till You Bleed A Lot, Kyle Kucek, Camp Horror,

11. Sisters Of The Secret Confederacy, Paris Dixon, Amber Quill Press,
11. Mister Happiness, Daniel Arenson, Dark Krypt,
11. Ripples, Elizabeth Blue, Dark Discoveries Magazine, http://
11. Virgin Sand Goddess, Ann Cory, Cthulu Sex Magazine,
12. The Four Hundred and Twenty-Three, Pam L. Wallace, The Sword Review,
12. General Mud, Stephen D. Rogers, Walking Bones Magazine,
12. Reindeer Games, Rhonda Eudaly, Apex Online,
12. Stay Here, Gary Frank, GSHW Press,
12. New Gods of the Lost Children, Jason Andrew, Saltboy Books,
13. The Return of the Ba, Angeline Hawkes-Craig, Black Death Books,
13. Last Call, Mandy M Roth, New Concepts,
13. Home of the Brave, Steven L. Shrewsbury, Reality Check,
14. Mrs. Rosenkrantz, Arthur Sanchez,,
14. The Kept, Desiree Erotique, Swanbeauty Publications,
14. Axe Murderer, Karen L. Newman, Bloodcookies,
14. The Man Who Ate Moths, Michael Kelly, Feral Fiction,
14. Hell Notes, M. K. Hobson, Sci Fiction,
14. Moderanecht, Bryn Sparks, Wicked Karnival,
15. Celluloid Sally, Michelle O'Neill, Nocturnal Ooze,
15. Healthy Breath of Morn, Ralan Conley, Blood Rose,
15. Ashes to Ashes, Amy Grech, The Late Late Show,
15. Atoner, Terry Gates Grimwood, Whispers of Wickedness,
15. When Darkness Falls, Steven lloyd, Naked Snake Books
15. Congo Jenga, Shane Jiraiya Cummings, Shadowed Realms,
15. A Lullaby of Tiny Naked Angels, Joseph Armstead, Wicked Karnival,
16. Do No Good, C.N. Pitts, Insidious Reflections,
16. The Doom That Came To Necropolis, Steve Johnson, Lite Circle,
16. Griselda (Trespassing Time anthology), Jerri Garretson, Double Dragon Publishing,
16. Bite of the Spider, Nickolaus A. Pacione, / Reality Check Anthology,
16. Blood To Burn, Steven L. Shrewsbury, Night To Dawn, http://
16. Prick, Marlo Dianne, From the Asylum,
16. The Serial Murders, Kim Newman, SCIFICTION,
16. The Funhouse, JG Faherty, Wicked Karnival,
16. Incident at Monarch Pass, Boyd E. Harris, The Horror Library,
16. The Unknown, Macey Baggett Wuesthoff, Storystation,
16. Wicked Lucidity , Mandy M. Roth, New Concepts Publishing,
16. Tales From Someplace Else, W. J. Calabrese, Wings ePress
16. Road Rage, Tyree Campbell, Panic,
16. When All Is Done, Toni Stauffer, Writers for Relief Antho - Lulu,


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