About The Rat Messiah

What is The Rat Messiah?

The Rat Messiah is a serialized web adventure story about a handful of heroes thrown into a post-apocalyptic mishmash world—a patchwork landscape of different possible realities suddenly thrust together. What caused the world to change? That's the mystery our heroes will need to solve if they are to save what's left of the Earth.

Who is the Rat Messiah?

That's part of the mystery.

How often are new pages published?

The first episode was released all at once. New pages will be added every Monday and Thursday starting August 1, 2016.

How long is this story?

Twelve episodes, 165 pages, 234,609 words, 627 illustrations.

Who's writing this, anyway?

My name is Adam Richardson. This story is the first step in a vision I have of creating entertaining stories using interactive media. In this story, given my limited time resources, I've only been able to illustrate the story. Perhaps down the road I can add some more songs, easter eggs, etc.

This story began as a stream-of-consciousness exercise I did back in 2013: A guy wakes up in the desert, stumbles around singing to himself, eventually gets rescued by a kid in a convertible who stole the car from a troll. Eventually they rescue a little girl from slavers... and so on. It was called The Rat Messiah, because it sounded cool. The ideas have gone through a few iterations since then, and they're still evolving as I write.

Is this story "Family Friendly?"

That is, of course, a difficult question to answer since everyone has a different definition of what is okay for kids to read. My grandmother would have strongly disapproved of some of the profanity, but I think I keep it pretty tame (PG-ish). I won't be dropping any F-Bombs or including any overly-crude language. There won't be any nudity (I'm not that good an artist), or sex. You can expect a few 'shit's and 'damn's. That's about it.

How do I reach the author?

I'm lousy when it comes to keeping up with social media or even email. I originally planned to announce new episodes on Facebook and Twitter, but I find both forums to be tedius, and I eventually stopped using them. Still, if you want to reach me, I'll eventually find whatever you send me there.

I've created an email for this site. I'll try to check it at least once a week, but I can't promise I'll keep it forever. Anyway, here it is: