His stories and poems have been published in science fiction, horror and fantasy magazines. This collection takes its name from his acclaimed story Unlikely Messiah, which was his fourth publication for the sci-fi magazine Jupiter. Published in January 2010, it was described by editor Ian Redman as ‘a joy to read’. The story also saw Mitch make the short list for L Ron Hubbard’s Writers of the Future. Mixing traditional science fiction with speculative fiction, this anthology contains a vibrant and eclectic range of page-turners by an author who brings his characters and storylines to life with a deft touch. Unlikely Messiah and other stories comprises ten stories, ranging from the classic sci-fi of the title story Unlikely Messiah and the fast paced Realm of the Thralk, to the sci-fantasy of La Casa de Abdul Al-Shamir.
The author Judi Moore has written a great review of William R Mitchell’s Unlikely Messiah and other stories which she has put on her blog page. Here is an extract:
Mitchell brings a full and varied life to bear on this, his first collection of stories. He draws his protagonists with full lives too, having strengths and weaknesses, likes and dislikes, successes and failures. That’s a lot to do in a short story which also contains plenty of world-building, plot and action, as these do. There is humour as a leaven. There is lively dialogue to push the stories along.
You can read the full review on her blog page at judimoore.wordpress.com.
Judi is the author of Is death really necessary and the novella Little Mouse, both of which are available on Amazon.