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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]








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Standings for Anthologies

1. Three Times Lucky-Five Sizzling Tales of Three-Way Love, Irksome Rebel Press, [link][comments]

2. Dangerous Dreams, Thirteen O'clock Press, [link][comments]
3. Visions: Leaving Earth, Lillicat Publishers, [link][comments]
4. Altered States, Indie Authors Press, [link][comments]
5. Poets in Hell, Perseid Press, [link][comments]
5. Fractured Realms, Horrified Press, [link][comments]
6. Neverland's Library, Ragnarok, [link][comments]
7. Nine Heroes, Walter Rhein/Createspace, [link]
7. A Ghost on Every Corner, Gypsy Shadow Publishing Company, [link][comments]
8. Fairly Wicked Tales, Angelic Knight Press, [link]
9. Fantasy For Good: A Charitable Anthology, Nightscape Press, [link]
9. Reflections (Mind's Eye Series Book 2), Quiet Fury Books, [link][comments]
10. Klarissa Dreams, Crushing Hearts and Black Butterfly Press, [link][comments]

11. Strangely Funny II, Mystery and Horror, LLC, [link]
12. In Shambles, Harren Press, [link][comments]
13. Carole Gill's House of Horrors , Creativia , [link]
13. Hot Alpha SEALS, Hot Alpha Authors, [link][comments]
13. Darkness Ad Infinitum, Villipede Publications, [link]
14. Bones III, JWKfiction, [link]
14. Cowboy Up, Amazon, [link][comments]
14. Spooky Halloween Drabbles 2014, Indie Authors Press, [link][comments]
15. Nightmares & Echos, GWS Press, [link][comments]
16. SNAFU, Cohesion Press, [link]
16. Anything Goes, Volume 1, Fiction Writers Group, [link][comments]
17. Tales of the Demimonde, Ash Krafton, [link]
17. Nightmare Stalkers and Dream Walkers Volume II, Horrified Press, [link][comments]
18. GEARS OF BRASS, Curiosity Quills Press, [link][comments]
18. Campus Cravings: Higher Learning, C-Squared Publishing, [link][comments]
18. Rejected for Content:Splattergore, J Ellington Ashton Press, [link]
18. Twisted Tails VIII: ParaAbnormal, Double Dragon Publishing, [link][comments]
19. Lust Of The Vampires, Amazon, [link][comments]
19. Fresh Fear, James Ward Kirk Fiction, [link]
19. Tales from The Lake Vol.1, Crystal Lake Publishing, [link]
20. sideshow, visionary press collaborative, [link]
20. Southern Haunts 2: Devils in the Darkness, Seventh Star Press, [link]
20. Wonderland Tales, Breathless Press, [link]
20. ...And a Silver Sixpence in Her Shoe, CreateSpace, [link]
20. That Ain't Right: Historical Accounts of the Miskatonic Valley, DefCon One Publishing, [link]
21. Sideshow 'How deep is your shadow', Visionary press colabrative, Click here: Sideshow Visionary Press collabrative: Books
21. Enter at Your Own Risk: The End is the Beginning, Firbolg Publishing, [link]
21. 2014 Christmas Collection, Rebecca J. Vickery Publishing, [comments]
21. Six Guns Straight From Hell 2, Science Fiction Trails, [link]
21. Exiles: An Outsider Anthology, Blackwitch Press, [link][comments]
22. Tales2Inspire ~ The Ruby Collection, Create Space, [link][comments]
22. The Clan Andriescu, Class Act Books, [link]
22. Autumn Burning: Dreadtime Stories for the Wicked Soul, J Ellington Ashton Press, [link]
22. Your Game Plan for Seamless Holiday Celebrating, Creators, [link][comments]
22. Desolation: 21 Tales for Tails, Dragon's Roost Press, [link]
22. Dead Harvest, Scarlet Galleon, [link][comments]
22. Plague, Horrified Press, [link]
23. Tales2Inspire ~ The Topaz Collection, CreateSpace, [link][comments]
23. Unidentified Funny Objects 3, UFO Publishing, [link]
23. Write Time, Write Place, Amazon, [link][comments]
23. Erie Tales VII - Myths and Mayhem, Createspace, [link]
23. 2014 Autumn Collection, Rebecca J. Vickery Publishing, http//
23. State of Horror, Charon Coin Press, [link]
23. Darker Edge of Desire: Gothic Tales of Romance, Tempted Romance, [link]
23. The Killer Wore Cranberry: A Fourth Meal of Mayhem, Untreed Reads, [link]
23. Floppy Shoes Apocalypse, J Ellington Ashton Press
23. Time Out of Darkness, Readers Entertainment, [link][comments]
23. My Gutsy Stories Vol II, Gutsy Publications, [link]
24. Her Wish is Your Command, Riverdale Avenue Books, [link]
24. Strange Roads, Amazon, [link]
24. The New Adventures of the Whirlwind, Pro Se Productions, [link]
24. Tales from Pennsylvania, Refugio Publishing, [link]
24. Still Dying 2, Rymfire Books, [link]
24. Ladies and Gentlemen of Horror 2014, Ladies and Gentlemen Anthologies, [link]
24. Suspended in Dusk, Books of the Dead Press, [link]
24. Hauntings: An Anthology, Hic Dragones, [link]
24. Widowmakers: A Benefit Anthology of Dark Fiction, Widowmaker Books, [link]
24. 21st Century Black Erotica, Black Books Publishing, [link]
24. Truth or Dare?, Perpetual Motion Machine Publishing, [link]
24. The Future Embodied, Simian, [link]

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