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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.

The Sigil Trilogy

If you're looking for an amazing, WOW! science fiction story, check out THE SIGIL TRILOGY. This is — literally — one of the best science fiction novels I've ever read.

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

Official Results

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Standings for category: novelh

1. Armageddon Bound, Tim Marquitz, Damnation Books, [link]
2. Cursed, Jeremy C. Shipp, Raw Dog Screaming Press, [link]
3. The Great Right Hope, Mark Jackman, LL-Publications, [link]
4. Angels of the Mourning Light, Frank E. Bittinger, iUniverse, [link]
5. Rise Of The Darkness, C.A.Milson, Lulu, [link]
6. The Hollows, Ben Larken, LL-Publications, [link]
7. War of the Worlds plus Blood, Guts and Zombies, Eric S. Brown, Coscom Entertainment, [link]
8. The Dark Path, Luke Romyn, Wild Child Publishing, [link]
9. Demon Hunter: The Chosen One, Cynthia Vespia, Aspen Mountain Press, [link]

11. Escape: A Zombie Chronicles Novel, James Melzer, Permuted Press/Pocket Books, [link]
12. Cemetery Gates, Maryann Paige, Club Lighthouse Publishing, [link]
13. The Further Accounts of the Imaginary Friend, P.S. Gifford, Virtual Tales, [link]
14. whwhite witch,black curse, kim harrison, eos, [link]
14. The Darkness and the Night III: Twins of Darkness, Lisa Lane, Ravenous Romance, [link]
15. The Kult, Shaun Jeffrey, Leucrota Press, [link]
15. The Last Church, Lee Pletzers, Black Bed Sheet Press, [link]
15. Blood of the Dark Moon, Adrianne Brennan, Freya's Bower, [link]
16. Angels of the Deep, Kirby Crow, MLR Press, [link]
16. Under the Dome, Stephen King, Scribner, [link]
17. Dismember, Daniel Pyle, Wild Child Publishing, [link]
17. Shadows, Joan De La Haye, Rebel e Publishers, [link]
18. Sha'Daa: Tales of the Apocalypse, Michael H. Hanson, Altered Dimensions Press, [link]
18. Patient Zero: A Joe Ledger Novel, Jonathan Maberry, St Martin's Griffin, [link]
19. Shadows of Souls, Allan W. Azouz, L&L Dreamspell, [link]
19. Truth or Dare, Selena Kitt, Excessica Publishing, [link]
20. Justice Served, Shells Walter, Sonar4 Publications, [link]
20. Blanket of White, Amy Grech, Damnation Books, [link]
21. Death Metal, Armand Rosamilia, Sam's Dot Publishing, [link]
22. Bashed: A Love Story, Rick R. Reed, MLR Press, [link]
22. Life Through Cellophane, Gillian Polack, Eneit Press, [link]
22. Scars on the Face of God, Chris Bauer, Drollerie Press, [link]
22. Walking After Midnight, T D McKinney, Amber Quill Press, [link]
22. The Cold Ones, Elizabeth Donald, Sam's Dot Publishing, [link]
23. Fugue Macabre: Bone Dance, C.J. Parker, Sapphire Blue Publishing, [link]
23. MageSign, Alan Baxter, Blade Red Press, [link]
24. Crimson Dawn: Hallowed Echoes, Myristica, Dark Roast Press, [link]
25. Out of the Darkness, Lesli Richardson, Lyrical Press, [link]
25. Khepera Rising, Nerine Dorman, Lyrical Press, [link]
26. Gentle Art of Making Enemies, Kevin Mellor, Black Bed Sheet Books, [link]
26. All Hallows Eve, AP Miller, dark roast Press, [link]
26. Castaways, Brian Keene, Leisure, [link]
27. The Harrowing, Alexander Sokoloff, St Martin's Press, [link]
27. Hard Winter, N.W. Davies, Eternal Press, [link]
27. Alive on the Inside, Angelia Sparrow & Naomi Brooks, Amber Quill Press, [link]
27. The Chloe Files #1: Ahses to Ashes, Howard Hopkins, Golden Perils Press, [link]
27. Blood River, david greske, Charles River Press, [link]
28. The Legend of Sleepy Hollow, a Play in Two Acts, Christopher Cook, Authorhouse, [link]
28. The 13th, John Everson, Leisure Books, [link]
28. Lizzie's Listening, Mackenzie Drew, Eternal Press, [link]
28. My Heart is Within You, Marguerite Labbe, Dreamspinner Press, [link]
28. The Dream House, Victoria Roder, asylett press, [link]
28. Slave to the Mud, Bosley Gravel, Shadowfire Press, [link]
28. Forever Richard, Sue Dent, The Writers Cafe Press, [link]
28. DFF: Dead Friends Forever, J.R. Turner, Quake, [link]
28. Evergreen, Bruce Golden, Zumaya, [link]
28. Dubaku, Edward M. Erdelac, Damnation Books, [link]
28. Morgaine and the Necromancer, Joe Vadalma, Renaissance E-Books, [link]
28. Sacrifice, John Everson, Leisure Books, [link]
28. The Bone Factory, Nate Kenyon, Leisure Books, [link]
28. Ouroboros, Michael Kelly & Carol Weekes, Arcane Wisdom, [link]
28. Resurrection, Tim Curran, Severed Press, [link]
28. Tortured Skin, James C. Gillen, Kerlak Publishing, [link]
28. Bully, AJ Kirby, Wild Wolf Publishing, [link]
28. Get Into the Spirit, Baby, Christopher Newman, Dark Roast Press, [link]

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