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Critter Notices

Critters is 21!

Yes, 21 years ago Critters was born. Wow! Thanks so much to all of you, who've made it such a resounding success!

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.

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 Seeks New Caretaker

Unfortunately, much of the data on the P&E site has become stale and outdated, and needs a new caretaker with the time required to update the site. The listings are being removed until they can be updated by a new caretaker.

Note that the P&E/Critters Annual Readers Poll will run as usual in January.

If you are interested in taking the reins of P&E, and possess what's needed — at least 20hrs/week to volunteer, excellent investigative skills, in-depth knowledge of the publishing industry, ability to detect scams from not-scams, thick skin, good web site skills, good writing ability — please get in touch. Thanks for your interest!


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 Horror Short Stories

1. Adjudication, Charie D La Marr, J Ellington Ashton Press, [link][comments]

2. A Taste of Fear, Andrew Lennon, Andrew Lennon, [link][comments]
3. The Chronicles of Travelstead: Coven of Ashwood Falls, Sadie K Frazier, Solstice, [link][comments]
3. Maggot Coffee, Roy C. Booth and Axel Kohagen, Weirdbook #32, [link][comments]
4. Da Manapua Man: A Mini Macabre, Paul G. Bens Jr., Amazon Digital Services, [link][comments]
4. Bad Moon Rising, Vonnie Winslow Crist, Unoriginal Magazine #3 [comments]
5. Raising Mary: Frankenstein, Ace Antonio Hall, Bards and Sages Publishing, [link][comments]
6. Where Old Aquantanuce be Forgot, Jay Michael Wright II, Dragon's Rocketship Publishing, [link]
7. Vile Deeds, Suzie Lockhart, Lycan Valley Press, [link]
8. That Thing About Feinberg, Mord McGhee, J. Ellington Ashton Press, [link][comments]
9. Black Rain, Peggy Christie, Dragon's Roost Press, [link]
9. Initiitation, Jay Michael Wright II, Self published, [link][comments]
9. The Night Auction, Catherine Grant, Grinning Skull Press, [link]
9. The Lazarus Effect, JG Faherty, Cemetery Dance, [link]
10. What the Rain Brings, Gerri Leen, Digital Fiction Publishing, [link]
10. Lago de los Perdidos, Jim Goforth, Crystal Lake Publishing, [link][comments]
10. Ave Satani, Michael West, 7th Star Press, [link]

11. Skin Deep, Carson Buckingham, Digital
11. Tasmanian Devils, Angela J. Maher, Self published, [link]
11. The Odd Season, Sebastian Crow, JWK Fiction, [link][comments]
12. Free to a Good Home, Brian Woods, J. Ellington Ashton Press, [link]
12. The Skelly Effect, Terri DelCampo, Lycan Valley Press, [link][comments]
13. Long Hair's Inferno, Alessandro Manzetti, Kipple Officina Libraria, [link]
13. Exit To Dove's Tail, Ken Goldman, Midnight Street (Anthology 2), [link]
13. Drawing the Right Conclusion, Sarah Crysl Akhtar, Every Day Fiction, [link]
13. Takers of Light, Daniel Loubier, Sirens Call Publications, [link]
13. Crosshatch Hill, John A. McColley, Alban Lake Press, [link]
13. Senicide, Sergio Palumbo, Sinister Saint Press, [link]
13. In the Darkness, Leah Hamrick, Solstice publishing, [link]
13. Ditch Treasures, Richard Chizmar, Subterranean, [link]
13. Familiar Scents, Jonathan Edward Ondrashek, Shadow Work Publishing, [link]
13. The White Picket Fence, A. P. Sessler, Third Flatiron, [link]

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