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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.

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

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...
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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 |
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Writers' Discussion Forum page | Writers' Workshop page |
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Current standings | Best EVER Poll | Report an Error |

Standings for Mystery Novels

1. Glastonbury, Brian L Porter, 4RV Publishing, [link][comments]

2. Healey's Cave, Aaron Paul Lazar, Paladin Timeless, a Twilight Times Imprint, [link][comments]
3. Madness and Murder, Jenny Hilborne, Echelon Press, [link][comments]
4. Dying for a Date, Cindy Sample, L & L Dreamspell, [link][comments]
5. Smudge, JD Webb, L & L Dreamspell, [link]
6. Fire and Ash, Anne Patrick, Desert Breeze Publishing, [link][comments]
7. Key Lime Squeeze, Ron Adams, Charles River Press, [link][comments]
8. Ruby's Deadly Secret, C.L. Exline, Wild Child Publishing, [link][comments]
9. Being Someone Else, J. R. Lindermuth, Whiskey Creek Press, [link][comments]
9. Resurrection Garden, Frank Scully, Muse It Up Publishing, [link][comments]
10. Grounds for Murder, John Russo, MuseItUp Publishing, [link]

11. Circle of Dishonor, Gwen Mayo, Pill Hill Press, [link]
12. Dead Barchetta, Kathryn Lively, DLP Books, [link][comments]
13. Lessons in Trust, Charlie Cochrane, Samhain, [link][comments]
13. Mind Echoes, Carlene Rae Dater, Whiskey Creek Press, [link]
14. All She Wrote, Josh Lanyon, Samhain, [link]
14. Least Wanted, Debbi Mack, Renegade Press
15. Murder Takes the Cake, Evelyn David, Wolfmont Press, [link]
15. Lead Poisoning, J.E. Seymour, Mainly Murder Press, [link]
15. A Man of His Word, Kenneth L. Levinson, Uncial Press, [link]
16. The Bloodstained Bistro, Susanne Marie Knight, Desert Breeze Publishing, [link]
16. An Inconsequential Murder, Rodolfo Peña, Untreed Reads, [link]
17. Bear Trap, Edna Curry, Class Act Books, [link]
18. A New Prospect, Wayne Zurl, Black Rose Writing, [link][comments]
18. The End Game, Gerrie Ferris Finger, Minotaur, [link]
18. Totally Buzzed, Gale Borger, Echelon Press, [link][comments]
18. A Dirty Way To Die, J. Douglas Knauer, Echelon Press, [link]
18. Cape Seduction, Anne Carter, Echelon Press, [link]
19. Siren Song, Jo Hiestand
19. Honored Daughters, Gerrie Ferris, Desert Breeze Publishing, [link]
19. Imperfect Solitude, Tom Mahony, Casperian Books, [link]
19. Who Wrote The Book of Death?, Steve Liskow, Mainly Murder Press, [link]
19. One Small Victory, Maryann Miller, Smashwords, [link]
19. At Witt's End, Beth Solheim, Echelon Press, [link]
19. Mystic Perceptions, Jacqueline Paige , Class Act Books, [link]
19. The Naked Room, Diana Hockley, Diana Hockley, [link]
19. Katja from the Punk Band, Simon Logan , ChiZine Publications, [link][comments]
19. Murder in the Pit, Erica Miner, Twilight Times Books, [link]
19. Lincoln's Hand, Joel Fox, Echelon Press, [link]

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