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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)

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Print/Electronic Book Publishers page |
Review site | Bookstore | Promotional Firms, Sites, and Resources page |
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Standings for Horror Novels

1. While The Savage Sleeps, Andrew E Kaufman, Straightline Press, [link][comments]

2. Umbral VIsions, Garrett Calcaterra, Gypsy Shadow Publishing, [link][comments]
3. The Zombie Wilson Diaries, Timothy W. Long, Library of the Living Dead, [link][comments]
4. Khepera Redeemed, Nerine Dorman, Lyrical Press, Inc., [link][comments]
5. Ex-Heroes, Peter Clines, Permuted Press, [link][comments]
6. Dead Practices, Shells Walter, Sonar4 Publications, [link][comments]
6. Bullets & Brimstone, Patrick Thomas & John L. French, Dark Quest, [link]
8. Serpent's Tooth, Toni V. Sweeney, Class Act Books, [link][comments]
8. BOLEYN: Tudor Vampire, Cinsearae S., CreateSpace, [link]
8. Lazarus, Lori Titus, The Living Dead Press, [link]
9. Comes the Dark, Patrick D'Orazio, Library of the Living Dead, [link][comments]
10. Desiree, Ken Goldman, Damnation Books, [link]

11. Neeta Lyffe, Zombie Exterminator, Karina Fabian, Damnation Books, [link][comments]
12. Carnival of Fear, JG Faherty, Graveside Books, [link]
12. Dark Reckoning, J.E. Taylor, FIDO Publishing, [link][comments]
13. Black Hearts & Red Blood Dreams, Sara Saint John, Dark Myth Publications, [link][comments]
13. Loathsome, Dark and Deep, Aaron Polson, Belfire Press, [link]
13. Short Screams Vol.1, Neil Kloster, Createspace, [link][comments]
14. Bigfoot War, Eric S Brown, Coscom Entertainment, [link]
14. Sex in the Time of Zombies, William Todd Rose, , [link][comments]
15. Ashes in Her Eyes, Alan Spencer, Panic Press Publishing, [link]
15. The Raising, Shawn-a-lee McCutcheon-Bell, Black Bed Sheet Books, [link][comments]
16. Roman Hell, Mark Mellon, Amber Quill Press, [link]
16. Samhane, Daniel I. Russell, Stygian Publications, [link]
17. Bad Wind Blowing, Peter Brandvold, Western Trail Blazer, [link][comments]
17. House of Fallen Trees, Gina Ranalli, Grindhouse Press, [link]
17. Blood Pond, D.J. Manly, Silver Publishing, [link]
17. Dead: The Ugly Beginning, TW Brown, May December Publications, [link]
17. Pray, John Prescott, Dark Continents, [link]
18. Zomblog, TW Brown, May December Publications, [link]
18. Manchester House, Donald Allen Kirch, Blood Moon Publishing, [link]
18. Season of Death, Eric S Brown, Pill Hill Press, [link]
18. Sineater, Elizbeth Massie, Crossroad Press, [link]
19. Devil Next Door, Tim Curran, Severed Press, [link]
19. Deadfall, Shaun Jeffrey, Leucrota Press, [link]
19. Highway To Hell, Armand Rosamilia, Rymfire eBooks, [link]
19. Horns, Joe Hill, HarperCollins, [link][comments]
19. Wolfstrap, Maryann Paige, Club Lighthouse Publishing, [link]
20. Black & Orange, Benjamin Kane Ethridge, Bad Moon Books, [link]
20. Xombies: Apocalypticon, Walter Greatshell, Berkley, [link]
20. Northwoods Deep, Joel Arnold, Studio City, [link]
20. Old Order, Jonathan Janz, Untreed Reads, [link]
20. Titanic 2012-Cureof RMS Titanic, Robert W. Waker, Instinct Ink/Kindle bks., [link]
20. Witch's Pawn, Toni LoTempio, Echelon Press, [link]
20. Burying Brian, Steven Pirie, Immanion Press, [link]
20. The Crawlin' Chaos Blues, Edward M. Erdelac, Damnation Books, [link]
20. Toothless, J.P. Moore, Dragon Moon Press, [link]
20. Deathwatch, Lisa Mannetti, Shadowfall Publications, [link]
20. The Places Between, Terry Grimwood, Pendragon Press, [link]

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