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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]








Known Issues

Below is a list of know issues reported with the Reader' Poll. If you know of a problem and don't see it listed here, you may report it here.

In Anthologies page, 'Corssroads in the Dark IV: GHOSTS' is a typo and should read: 'Crossroads in the Dark IV: GHOSTS'.

In Horror Novels, 'Wolvz: Whispers of War (invalid link)' is a duplicate of 'Wolvz: Whispers of War (valid link highlighted green)'.

In Horror Novels, After submitting my entry for horror novel, I was informed that I would receive a validation email and nothing ever arrived. And yes, I did check my SPAM folder.

In Horror Novels, I'll Make You Scream by P. Mattern should say P. Mattern and L. Gauthier

In Romance Novels, 'LIngle' is a typo and should read: 'Lingle'.

In Anthologies page, 'Corssroads in the Dark IV: GHOSTS' is a typo and should read: 'Crossroads in the Dark IV: GHOSTS'. If you could find it in your hearts to change this, please. Burning Willow Press is getting messages from authors and voters alike that keep telling us about the typo but when asked if they reported it, they have not. I certainly appreciate it. Thank you for all you do! Edd Sowder, VP BWP

In All other Novels, You keep saying I failed the are you human test. Two spelling errors. I did not see anything that asked me to prove I am human, although some that know me might say I am not. I tried to vote for Cassie's Tale.

In Anthologies page, 'Quote the Raven ' is a typo and should read: 'Quoth the Raven'.

In Mystery Novels, 'Last Train to Lime Street ' is a duplicate of 'Last Train to Lime Street '.

In All other Novels, Although I'm grateful someone added it, but I'm sure my book September Wind doesn't qualify. What happened was that the book was very long so cut it in half (to make two books, I reworked it and put in a new ending and it was reloaded by publisher in 2018. The person who added it had to have thought it was brand new. Thanks Kathleen

In All other Novels, 'Whispers in the Wood' is a duplicate of 'Whispers in the Wood'. It looks like my book was nominated, which is awesome. But the person put a broken URL where the publisher should be listed. I reentered my book correctly (I hope this is okay). Please remove the entry where the publisher isn't listed and there is a broken URL where the publisher is listed

In Science Fiction & Fantasy Novels, In Fantasy and Science Fiction: Please remove "The Exile of Elindel (The Elwardian Chronicles Book 1)" by Carol Browne. It was published by Burning Willow Press in 2017, not 2018. My mistake!

In Book Publishers page, 'Solstice' is a duplicate of 'Solstice'.

In Book/e-book Editors page, 'Solstice' is a duplicate of 'Solstice'. Please fix this

In Magazine/e-zine Editors page, I am no longer an editor at Quantum Muse and wish to be removed from the running.

In Science Fiction & Fantasy Short Stories, 'picture of the book' is a typo and should read: ''. Tried several times to add the book Adventures of the Little Adoleeseet (Chronicles of Twierks) author Tetyana Butler. The field "publiher" which I did not fill shows the picture of the book and the field "UR"L does not show the link I mentioned in the point 2 on this page.

In Book Publishers page, 'Burning Willow Press' is a duplicate of 'Burning Willow Press'. Thanks, guys. We appreciate all you do to help bring recognition to us indies.

In Book Publishers page, 'Solstice' is a duplicate of 'Solstice'. Solstice is now listed three times! I have written to you several times and this issue has only gotten worse. This voting currently is unfair.

In Nonfiction books page, Please note that my book Last Train to Lime Street which should be in the Mystery category, has suddenly appeared in the Nonfiction books section where it has gone up to the #3 position. My worry is that votes cast for the book in this section are potentially affecting the book's correct vote count as any votes placed in the nonfiction section should of course be counted on the Mystery category.


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