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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.

A Guide to Barsoom

The ultimate, definitive GUIDE TO BARSOOM from ReAnimus Press. NOW IN PRINT EDITION TOO. The best guide to Edgar Rice Burroughs' Mars series.

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

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Official Results

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Standings for Romance Short Stories

1. Merry Christmas, Henry, Aubrey Wynne, Melange Books, LLC, [link][comments]

2. Loving Her Volume 1, Lauren Shiro, Vanilla Heart Publishing, [link][comments]
3. The Great Fruitcake Bake-off, Vicki Batman, MuseItUp Publishing, [link][comments]
4. Father of the Bride?, Brenda Gayle, The Wild Rose Press, [link][comments]
5. The Best Bad Christmas Gift, Addison James, MuseItUp, [link]
6. A Cowboy Christmas, Tanya Stowe & Delia Latham, Pelican Book Group, [link][comments]
7. A Highlander in Her Past, Maeve Greyson, The Wild Rose Press, [link]
7. Under the Mistletoe, Susan Haught, Dancing With Bear Publishing, [link]
8. Anything You Want, River Jewel Resort Book 1, Madison Sevier, Secret Cravings Publishing, [link]
9. The Unwanted Christmas Guest, Penny Estelle, MuseItUp, [link][comments]
9. Lexi's Heart, Delia Latham, Pelican Book Group, [link][comments]
9. Gunpowder & Lead, Kate Lynd & Melissa Goodman, Hydra Publications, [link][comments]
10. Forever Love, Melissa Keir, Secret Cravings Publishing, [link]

11. The Wedding Night, L.J. Holmes, MuseItUp Publishing, [link]
11. Lea's Gift, Delia Latham & Tanya Stowe, Pelican Book Group, [link][comments]
12. Love in the Afternoon (Lingerie Series), Yvette Hines, Romance Management, Inc, [link][comments]
12. A special kind of love, Tamara Hoffa, Secret Cravings Publishing, [link]
12. The Christmas Angel, Jimn Cangany, Uncial Press, [link]
12. Hatchling's Guardian, Helen Henderson, Author, [link]
12. Island Girl, Russell James, Gypsy Shadow Publishing, [link]
13. It Only Takes A Minute, Jillian Chantal, Secret Cravings Publishing, [link]
13. Hold My Hand, Paloma Beck, Author, [link]
13. Devil's Devotion, Nicole Campbell, Secings Publishingret Crav, [link]
14. Fried Pickles and the Fuzz, Calico Daniels, Astraea Press, [link]
14. Gifts, Stephanie Burkhart, Victory Tales Press , [link]
14. FAEted, Linda Palmer, Uncial Press, [link]
14. Instant Grandpa, Charmaine Gordon, Vanilla Heart Publishers, [link]
14. Cinderella Dreams, Cate Masters, Decadent Publishing, [link]
15. Christmas Plans Gone Awry, R. Ann Siracusa, Breathless Press, [link]
15. Dom of the Dead, Virginia Nelson, Decadent Publishing, [link]
15. Promises Made Under Fire, Charlie Cochrane, Carina, [link]
15. Declaration of Courtship, Nalini Singh, [link]
15. Sparking a Change, Joselyn Vaughn, Astraea Press, [link]
15. Garrett, Jayna Morrow, Prism Book Group, [link]
15. Wedding Heat: Wife Watching, Giselle Renarde, Excessica, [link]
15. Calling You Home, Kristal McKerrington, Solstice Publishing, [link]

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