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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.

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)

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 Horror Short Stories

1. Pulsate, Jim Bronyaur, Flashes in the Dark, [link][comments]

2. Chamber Music, Peter A. Balaskas, Uncial Press, [link][comments]
3. Frost on the Pane, James Cheetham, SNM Horror Magazine, [link][comments]
4. The Medicine Tree, Robert C. Eccles, Flashes in the Dark, [link]
5. Rusty Cage, Kevin McClintock, SNM Horror Magazine, [link][comments]
6. Always and Forever, Jay Faulkner, Absolute XPress, [link]
6. World of Ash, Kevin Hopson, MuseItUp Publishing, [link]
7. Gran'ma's in The Bathroom (...and she's not coming out), Ken Goldman, Best New Zombie Tales II, [link][comments]
8. What Doesn't Kill You, Anthony Cowin, Spook City, [link][comments]
8. The 13th Step, Thom Olausson, House of Horror, [link]
9. Ending Summer Nights, Kevin James Breaux, Lucrezia Magazine, [link][comments]
10. High Plains Lazarus, K. A. Laity, Rotting Tales: Pill Hill Press, [link][comments]

11. The Painted Path, Richard Baron, Dark Gothic Resurrected Magazine, [link][comments]
12. Happiness Comes in Small Packages, Brian Barnett, Toe Tags II: Blood and Bizarro, [link]
13. Thump, Paul D Brazill, Thrillers Killers n Chillers, [link][comments]
13. Nevermore, David Dunwoody, Belfire Press, [link][comments]
14. Horrors of Parochial School, Ash Krafton, Big Pulp, [link][comments]
14. The Assistant from Innsmouth, Steven James Scearce, Dagan Books, [link][comments]
15. To Kiss and Kill, Zed Holt, Horrotica Magazine, [link]
15. Fire Wall, Kat Heckenbach, Absent Willow Review, [link]
15. At the Zombie Roadhouse, Kenneth James Crist, Yellow Mama, [link]
16. Loser Freak, E.J. Tett, Short-Story.Me, [link]
16. Vengeance of the Alpe, Richard H. Fay, Hungur
16. Haunt Box, Jason Rolfe, Horror Bound, [link][comments]
17. No One is Coming, Indy McDaniel, SNM Horror Magazine, [link]
17. Ghosts Under Glass, Tracie McBride, Horror Library Vol. 4, [link]
17. Skin Care, Shells Walter, Static Movement Caught by Darkness Anthology, [link]
17. Old Order, Jonathan Janz, Untreed Reads, [link]
17. Infestation, Kay Jakabs, SNM Magazine, [link]
17. Spindled Souls, Jodi MacArthur, Flashes in the Dark, [link][comments]
17. Flash Frame, Silvia Moreno-Garcia, Dagan Books, Cthulhurotica, [link]
18. Daddy's Little Secret, Charles Day Aka, Charlie in the Box, Pill Hill Press, [link]
18. The Product, Bruce Memblatt, The Horror ZIne, [link]
18. By the Banks of the Nabarra, Daniel I. Russell, Andromeda Spaceways Inflight Magazine, [link]
18. Downside of Undying Love, Ash Krafton, Jersey Devil Press, [link]
18. Fresh Snow, Jessica George, Every Day Fiction, [link][comments]
19. Legends Unleashed Series, Heather Beck, Diamond Dust Books, [link]
19. Pillow Talk, Jodi MacArthur, BEAT to a PULP, [link]
19. Dead Flames, Angel Zapata, Flashes in the Dark, [link]
19. Patient #37, Tommy B. Smith, Darker, [link]
19. The Fishwives of Sean Brolly, Nathan Crowder, Dagan Books, Cthulhurotica, [link]
19. Red Leather Jeans, Karen L. Newman, Sex and Murder Magazine, [link]
19. The Fledgling, Sean Monaghan, The New Flesh, [link][comments]
19. Levels of Intimacy, Lori Titus, Flashes in the Dark, [link]
19. For Her Eyes, Quinn Smythwood, QueeredFiction, [link]
19. The Last Concert, Brandon Layng, Tales of the Zombie War, [link]
19. A Dream of You, Jason Rolfe, Absent Willow Review, [link][comments]
20. Last Cigarette, Armand Rosamilia, Rigor Amortis anthology, [link]
20. Tenants, Part 1, Kevin McClintock, Dark Moon Digest, [link]
20. Four Little Birds, Lori Titus, #12Days2010, [link]
20. The Quick ... and The Dead, Bill Crider, BEAT to a PULP, [link]
20. BLZ, K.G. McAbee, Untreed Reads, [link]
20. A Hot Time in the Old Town, Desmond Warzel, Short-Story.Me!, [link]
20. Lest We Forget, Tracie McBride, Dark Continents Publishing, [link]
20. Darkness Within, Ash Krafton, House of Horror, [link]
20. Reflection, Lori Titus, The New Flesh, [link]
20. Dictation, Stephen D. Rogers, Spinetingler, [link]
20. The Thing About Hate in 'Tales of a Woman Scorned', Flo Stanton, House of Horror, [link][comments]
20. Sinking, Shells Walter, Static Movement Oh the Horror Anthology, [link]
20. An Ember Amongst the Fallen, Colleen Anderson, Edge Publications, [link]
20. Someone to Watch Over Me, Matthew P. Mayo, BEAT to a PULP, [link]
20. Old Pendejo, R. Narvaez, Tales of the Zombie War, [link][comments]
20. Sinfully Delicious, Wilfred Bereswill, Echelon Press Publishing, [link]

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