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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

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.

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

New! now has Workshops for Everything — all genres, music, video, photography, art, apps.....

New!See also the Best-Ever Voters Poll for the best works ever written (not just in the last year)

[Tallies for...
Print/Electronic Novels pages - Horror | Romance | Science Fiction & Fantasy | Erotica |
Mystery | Thriller | Children's | Young Adult | All other |
Short Stories pages - Horror | Romance | Science Fiction & Fantasy | All other |
Anthologies page | Poems page | Nonfiction articles page |
Artwork page | Book/e-book Cover Artwork page | Magazine/e-zine Cover Artwork page |
Authors page | Poets page | Artists page |
Book/e-book Editors page | Magazine/e-zine Editors page |
Print/Electronic Book Publishers page |
Review site | Bookstore | Promotional Firms, Sites, and Resources page |
Fiction 'zines page | Poetry 'zines page | Nonfiction 'zines page |
Writers' Discussion Forum page | Writers' Workshop page |
Writers' Resource/Information/News Source page |
Current standings | Best EVER Poll | Report an Error |

Standings for Book/e-book Cover Artwork

1. The Music of the Night, Amanda Ashley (artist Laura Shinn), [link][comments]

2. Kismet's Angel, Katherine Brandon (Tamra Westberry, artist), [link][comments]
3. THE PEOPLE IN YONDER, Troy D. Smith (artist JESSICA PIERSON), [link][comments]
4. Erekos, A.M. Tuomala (Rhiannon Griffiths, artist), [link]
5. Taste of Passion, Savannah Chase (Justin James artist), [link][comments]
6. Stolen, 4RV Publishing (Aidana WillowRaven - artist), [link]
7. The Hungarian, Stephanie Burkhart (Jenifier Ranieri artist), [link][comments]
7. Murder is a Family Business, Delilah K. Stephans (artist), [link]
8. Samhane, Daniel I. Russell (Patrick McWhorter artist), [link][comments]
9. SheWolf, Freya's Bower, [link][comments]
10. Diamond Assets, Ruth D. Kerce (artist - Syneca), [link]
10. Destiny's Dream, Delia Latham (Nicola Martinez artist), [link]
10. Forever Travels, Shelagh Watkins (photographs: Ben Marten), [link][comments]
10. The Lost Witch, Uncial Press/design by Judith B. Glad, [link]
10. Hearts Surrender, Nicola Martinez, [link]
10. Ghostly Passions, Delilah K. Stephans (Author & Artist, [link]

11. Bachelorette: Zombie Edition, Creations by Kendra, [link]
11. Solitude & Sea Glass, McKinney/Wylis (Artist: Trace Edward Zaber), [link]
11. The Phoenix, Author: Ruth Sims, ARTIST, Alex Beecroft, [link]
11. To Sin with Scandal, Tamara Gill (Artist: Fiona Jayde) Noble Romance Publishing, LLC, [link]
11. Particular Friends, Artist: Natalia Pierandrei (Writer: Camille Alexa), [link]
12. The Last Vampire, Kathryn Meyer Griffith (artist Dawné Dominique), [link][comments]
12. Dead Practices, Sonar4 Publications(Jerrod Brown Artist), [link]
12. Soul Born, Dark Quest Books (artist: Dan Dos Santos), [link]
12. Beck and Call, Abby Gordon (artist - Angela Anderson), [link]
12. Reflections On My War, brightling Spur (artist), [link]
13. The Blooming, Tonia Brown, [link]
13. Ante Mortem, Belfire Press, [link]
13. Brushfires, David C. Kopaska-Merkel (Richard H. Fay - artist), [link]
13. Ashes in Her Eyes, Alan Spencer (artist Darren James), [link]
13. Cthulhurotica, Oliver Wetter, [link]
14. Destiny Sets, Laura Shin, [link][comments]
14. Sunstroked, Lex Valentine (artist Winterheart Design), [link]
14. Corruptor, Jason Cordova (Darrell Osborn - Artist), [link]
14. Bonded By Blood 3, SNM Horror Anthology, [link][comments]
14. Chalan's Story, Kissa Starling (Shirley Burnett- artist), [link]
14. Winter's Soul, Patricia Harrington, [link]
14. Home for the Friendless, Betty Auchard, [link][comments]
14. Angel's Share, Clare Austin (Rae Monet, artist) The Wild Rose Press, http[link][comments]
14. Rigor Amortis, Robert Nixon, [link]
15. Love, Heart & Soul Moments, Angela Verdenius (artist Richard Stroud), [link]
15. Bloodlines, Jessica Lee (Justyn Perry - artist), [link]
15. Apocalypse and Satan's Glory Hole, Dan Galli, [link]
15. Annie and the Ripper, Greg Smallwood, [link][comments]
15. Demonic Persuasion, MahaliaLEvey Artist Tuesday Dube/Publisher LiquidSilver Books, [link]
15. The Wrong Guy, Nathalie Moore, [link],[comments]
15. Cover Me, L. A. Witt, [link]
15. The Dream Master, Maggie Nash (April Martinez - cover artist), [link][comments]
15. Haunted, Heather Beck (author and artist), [link]
15. A Dirty Way To Die, J. Douglas Knauer (Artist: Nathalie Moore) Echelon Press, [link][comments]
15. Eel's Reverence, Marian Allen (artist-Nathalie Moore), [link]
15. Mrs. Bright's Tea Room, Susan Hanniford Crowley (Artist: Stella Price), [link][comments]
15. Latin Rhythm, Tess MacKall (artist-Winterheart Design), [link]
15. Ultimate Duty, Marva Dasef (Ally Robinson-artist), [link]
15. Beacon Bayou, Carl Franklin, [link]
15. Silent Vows, Catherine Bybee, [link]
15. Shadows, Brenda Huber(The Wild Rose Press), [link]
16. Love Immortal, Reese Dante, [link]
16. An Aspen Grove Christmas, Melissa Summers, [link]
16. Mythic Memories, Trent Westbrook (Rogue Blades Entertainment), [link]
16. Red Penny Papers, Natalia Pierandrei, [link]
16. Perfect Score, Susan Roebuck, [link]
16. Spoils of War, Kari Gregg (Fiona Jayde), [link]
16. Wolfstrap, Maryann Paige (MARTIN ROWE-artist), [link]
16. SHOT TO DEATH, Stephen D. Rogers, [link]
16. The Sullen Slayer, Christopher Craven (Artist: Carl Franklin), [link][comments]
16. A Tangled Web, Suzanne Rossi
16. Chantilly Lace, Lynnette Hallberg, [link]
16. Splendid Captivity, Brita Addams (Reese Dante artist), [link]
16. Cape Seduction, Anne Carter (Nathalie Moore - artist), [link]
16. Priceless, Laura Schinn, artist, [link]
16. Demons: A Clash of Steel, Johnney Perkins (Rogue Blades Entertainment), [link]
16. State of Successes, Elysabeth Eldering (artist - Heather Paye), [link]
16. Major League Bride, Kathleen ockwood, [link][comments]
16. Madness and Murder, Nathalie Moore, [link][comments]
16. Something From the Attic, Jessy Marie Roberts, [link]
16. Geist, Philippa Ballantine, [link]
16. Dark Reckoning, J.E. Taylor (Willsin Rowe artist), [link]
16. The prophecy of the Kings, David Burrows, [link]
16. Of Swords and Sorcery, Tell James Glenn, [link]
16. Life Death and Back, Cynthia Vespia (Art by OC Creations), [link]

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