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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)

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 - www.cpr.org 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 www.nyx.net.

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 pred-ed.com.

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

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Standings for Horror Short Stories

1. The Crane Horror, Bruce Durham, Lovecraft eZine, [link][comments]

2. Bast, Christian A. Larsen, The Horror Zine, [link][comments]
3. Dark Water: Beaming Smile, Kevin James Breaux, Hellfire Publishing, [link][comments]
4. Control, JC Hemphill, Bonded by Blood 4, [link][comments]
5. The Bobble Head of Doom, Robert C. Eccles, WIly Writers, [link][comments]
6. Fragments of Mavis, James Cheetham, SNM Horror Magazine[comments]
7. The Endless Game, Anthony Cowin, Lily Childs Feardom, [link][comments]
8. Supper Time, Col Bury, Eaten Alive, [link][comments]
9. Silver Tears, John Donald Carlucci, Trestle Press [comments]
10. Ju Mang, PS Gifford, Barking Rain, [link][comments]

11. The Test of Darkness, William Todd Rose, Static Movement, [link][comments]
11. Corn, K.A. Opperman, The Horror Zine [comments]
11. Ghost Catcher, Georgia Beaverson, FR Press, [link][comments]
12. The Raven's Nest, Christy Poff, Gratista Vampire Clan
12. Drunk On The Moon, Paul D Brazill, Trestle Press [comments]
13. The Devil's Whore, Ran Cartwright, Frogtown Press, [link]
13. The Music Man, Bruce Memblatt, Aphelion, [link][comments]
14. Twlight Comes, L.J. Holmes, Muse It Up Publishing, [link][comments]
14. Still Alive, Erin Cole, Eight Days of Madness, [link]
15. Thirst of a Thousand, Garth von Buchholz, Horrotica, [link][comments]
15. The Devil, You Say, Ken Goldman, NorGus Press, ttp://www.amazon.com/Strange-Tales-Horror-Matt-Nord/dp/0615429726
15. Morgen, Stephen M. deBock, Gypsy Shadow Publishing, [link][comments]
16. It's A Curse, K A Laity, Trestle Press, [link]
16. Cursed By Duty, Heather Whittington, SNM Horror Magazine, [link]
16. Steam heat, John B. Rosenman, MuseItUp Publishing, [link]
16. Experiments, Angelia Sparrow, The Dark Season Anthology,Dark Roast Press, [link][comments]
17. Forsaken , Jeffrey Martin, Trestle Press, [link]
17. The Zodiac Killer, Andy Echevarria, Static Movement, [link][comments]
18. The Darke Affair, Allan Leverone, Trestle Press
18. Salvation, Thom Olausson, Cover of Darkness Magazine, [link]
18. NREM Sleep, A. R. Braun, Blood Bound Books, [link]
18. Middle of Nowhere, Heather S. Ingemar, Echelon Press, [link]
18. The Oily, E. A. Black, Stupefying Stories, [link]
18. The Devil's Music, Raised In Hell, Julia Madeleine, Trestle Press, [link]
19. Six Feet Above, Cate Gardner, Something Wicked, [link]
19. House of Infinity, Fran Friel, Necrotic Tissue, [link][comments]
19. Resurrecting Mindy, Joe McKinney, Rymfire Books, [link]
19. Symbols of Damnation, Tracie McBride, Dark Continents Publishing, [link]
19. Getting High On Daisy, Richard Godwin, Trestle Press
19. The Buzz, Pete Giglio & Charles Day, Wicked East Press, [link]
19. Ghost Blog, Kay Jakabs, SnM Horror Magazine, [link]
19. The Dark is Light Enough for Me, John Claude Smith, Ampichellis ebooks, [link]
20. Twenty Minutes, O. M. Grey, SNM Horror Magazine, [link]
20. Angel and Grace, Ed Kurtz, Rainstorm Press, [link]
20. Quality Time, T. Seaward, Static Movement, [link]
20. Distracted, Rita Hestand, Smashwords, ht[link][comments]
20. Warmth Within Thy Depths, Kenneth W. Cain, Post Mortem Press, [link]
20. The Nightmares Gods Have, Vincenzo Bilof, SNM Horror Magazine, [link]
20. Ascension, Matt Moore, AEScifi, [link][comments]
20. Tommy Boy, Kimberly Adkins, International Vampire Film Festival, [link]
20. Pearls, Ed Kurtz, Dark Moon Digest, [link]
20. Belfry's in your Bats!, Aaron B. Larson, Science Fiction Trails, [link]

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