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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.

Space Travel for SF Writers

Hot off the presses from ReAnimus Press! Space Travel - A Science Fiction Writer's Guide— An indispensible tool for all SF writers that explains the science you need to help you make your fiction plausible. (Also via Amazon)

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)

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. Forged in Blood, Baen, [link][comments]

2. Killing It Softly 2, Digital Fiction Publishing, [link][comments]
3. CEA Greatest Anthology Written, Celenic Earth Publications, [link][comments]
4. Mirages and Speculations, Camden Park Press, [link][comments]
5. Full Moon Slaughter 2: Altered Beasts, J. Ellington Ashton Press, [link][comments]
6. Cat's Breakfast, Third Flatiron, [link][comments]
7. Lawless Lands, Falstaff Books, [link]
7. Sex, Gore, & Millipedes, Dragon's Roost Press, [link][comments]
8. Speakeasies and Spiritualists, 18thWall Productions, [link][comments]
9. The Society of Misfit Stories Presents...Volume 1, Bards and Sages Publishing, [link]
9. Real American Horror, Dead Man's Tome, [link][comments]
10. Plots & Schemes Vol 1, Solstice Publishign, [link][comments]
10. Crossroads in the Dark III: Monsters Under Your Bed, Burning Willow Press, [link]
10. Thank You: A Tribute to Chris Cornell, Angela J. Maher, [link][comments]
10. Like A Woman, Mirren Hogan, [link][comments]

11. Dark and Bitter, Pub 518, [link]
11. Depraved Desires, HellBound Books, [link]
11. Hardened Hearts, Unnerving, [link]
12. The Ossuary Playground & Other Unexpected Tales, Solstice Publishing, [link][comments]
12. The Darcy Monologues, Quill Ink, [link][comments]
12. Sycorax's Daughters, Cedar Grove Publishing, [link]
12. Mistletoe and Mischief: A Magical Holiday Collection, Clockpunk Press, [link]
12. Club Blaze, Arcane Whispers Press, [link][comments]
12. Strangely Funny IV, Mystery and Horror LLC, [link]
13. Straight Outta Tombstone, Baen, [link][comments]
13. Erie Tales X: Masquerade, Great Lakes Association of Horror Writers, [link]
14. The End: An Apocalyptic Anthology, J. Ellington Ashton, [link]
15. Running Wild Anthology of Stories, Running Wild Press, [link]
15. The Corona Book of Horror Stories, Corona Books UK, [link]
15. Dangerous Women, Class Act Books, [link]
15. Twice Upon An Apocalypse, Crystal Lake, [link][comments]
15. Tails of Dystopia, Windrift Books, [link][comments]
15. Demons Devils & Denizens Of Hell 2, Hellbound Books, [link]
15. Cimmerian Shade, Amazon, [link]
15. Directions of the Heart, Self, [link]
15. Behold!: Oddities, Curiosities and Undefinable Wonders , Crystal Lake Publishing, [link]
15. Dark Luminous Wings, Pole to Pole Publishing, [link]
16. Darkscapes, Curiosity Quills Press, [link]
16. Mrs Claus: Not the Fairy Tale They Say, World Weaver Press, [link]
16. Bite ME, Macabre Maine, [link]
16. Chronicles of Mirstone, Dragonfire Press, [link]
16. Sword and Planet, Rogue Planet Press, [link]
16. My Favorite Story, Project Entertainment Network, [link]
16. Adventures in Ghostsitting, Volume 1, The Wild Rose Press, Inc.
16. All Hail Our Robot Conquerors, Zombies Need Brains, [link][comments]
16. Chicken Soup for the Soul: My Kind of America, Simon and Schuster, [link]
16. Super sick: tales of Twisted superheroes, Plague pirate, [link]
16. Prowlers and Growlers, Naughty Nights Press, [link]
16. First Change, High Eyrie Publications, [link]
16. The Shadow Over Deathlehem, Grinning Skull Press, [link]

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