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Mark Rice

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Born in Glasgow, Scotland. Grew up in the new town of East Kilbride. Began scribbling stories at the age of five. At ten, discovered heavy metal and Douglas Adams. Never looked back. Rumours of a deal with the Devil at a Scottish crossroads may have been exaggerated. Then again, Robert Burns saw Auld Clootie in Old Alloway Kirk...

Metallic Dreams follows long-haired Scottish rock singer Spark MacDubh, who drops dead on a snow-covered street only to be jolted back to life by 'lightning from Heaven'. After Spark's resurrection, his sanity is stretched thin: during waking hours, he receives instructions from deities known as the Metal Gods; at night he is haunted by visions of a Devil who wields ultimate power over the music industry. Employing
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A vast amount of quality music emerged in 2015; more than in any other year so far. As well as the usual flood of jaw-dropping melodic-death metal from its breeding ground of Finland, the old guard released new music thick and fast, with Motörhead, Saxon, Iron Maiden, Scorpions, Toto, Jean Michel Jarre, Leslie West, David Gilmour, Keith Richards, Dave Brock, and Billy Gibbons – to name a few –...

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Revelation Was Wrong

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"Some say the world will end in fire,
Some say in ice.
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“Things began to go wrong when I was seventeen. My band’s twenty-year-old lead guitarist earned seven years in jail for a drug-fuelled spree of violence. The other band members were quick to let go of their musical dreams, but I never did. They did the ‘mature’ thing: after writing off the band as a teenage fantasy, they got real jobs and made some money. They called it growing up. I called it giving up.”
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“I was ten when I heard the music that ended the first phase of my life and cast me hurtling into a new horizon. Drenched to the skin, I stood on Dunoon’s pier peering seawards through diagonal rain, looking for the ferry that would take me home. There, on the everwet west coast of Scotland, I heard it: like sonic scalpels, the sounds of electric guitars sliced through the dreich weather. My body hairs pricked up, each one a willing receiver for the Thunder-God grooves. To my young ears, the sound of these amplified guitars was angelic (although, with hindsight, I don’t suppose angels play Gibson guitars at ear-bleeding volume). A voice that suggested vocal chords of polished silver soared alongside razor-sharp overdriven riffs. I knew that I was hearing the future.”
Mark Rice, Metallic Dreams

“Dying is the fastest route to fame for an aspiring rock star. The dead man’s melodies become profound, acquiring deep mystery and rising into a realm beyond the reach of human criticism. In the stopping of a heartbeat, the rocker is transformed from decadent, depraved hedonist into misunderstood genius. Aye, death and musical stardom go together like Scotland and rain.”
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“I was ten when I heard the music that ended the first phase of my life and cast me hurtling into a new horizon. Drenched to the skin, I stood on Dunoon’s pier peering seawards through diagonal rain, looking for the ferry that would take me home. There, on the everwet west coast of Scotland, I heard it: like sonic scalpels, the sounds of electric guitars sliced through the dreich weather. My body hairs pricked up, each one a willing receiver for the Thunder-God grooves. To my young ears, the sound of these amplified guitars was angelic (although, with hindsight, I don’t suppose angels play Gibson guitars at ear-bleeding volume). A voice that suggested vocal chords of polished silver soared alongside razor-sharp overdriven riffs. I knew that I was hearing the future.”
Mark Rice, Metallic Dreams

“I realized that the good stories were affecting the organs of my body in various ways, and the really good ones were stimulating more than one organ. An effective story grabs your gut, tightens your throat, makes your heart race and your lungs pump, brings tears to your eyes or an explosion of laughter to your lips.”
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“Dying is the fastest route to fame for an aspiring rock star. The dead man’s melodies become profound, acquiring deep mystery and rising into a realm beyond the reach of human criticism. In the stopping of a heartbeat, the rocker is transformed from decadent, depraved hedonist into misunderstood genius. Aye, death and musical stardom go together like Scotland and rain.”
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Jessica Patient Hi Mark - Hope you're having a good writing/reading day, Jessica :)


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Mark Rice Jessica wrote: "Hi Mark - Hope you're having a good writing/reading day, Jessica :)"

Thanks Jessica. It's been a day of much reading, so the writing will happen tonight to balance things out. I hope your weekend's a creative one!


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Mark Rice Lady Danielle "The Book Huntress" wrote: "Hi Mark!"
Hello, Lady Danielle.


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Aloha Hi, Mark. Thank you for the friending!


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Mark Rice Aloha wrote: "Hi, Mark. Thank you for the friending!"

You're welcome. Thank you back!


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Mark Rice Melita Christina wrote: "THANK U MARK FOR UR INVITE !!HONORED ;-)

HAVE A GREAT DAY !!

MELITA"


You're welcome. Thanks for the friendship!


Nichole Chase Nice to meet you, Mark. Thanks for the add!


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Mark Rice Nichole wrote: "Nice to meet you, Mark. Thanks for the add!"

Thank you, Nichole!


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Marita Hansen Hi, Mark. Thanks for the connect. Yes, my book does touch on some of the same subjects as Once Were Warriors. I thought the film was great too. I'll check out your books and your blog. Have a good weekend, Marita :)


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Mark Rice Marita wrote: "Hi, Mark. Thanks for the connect. Yes, my book does touch on some of the same subjects as Once Were Warriors. I thought the film was great too. I'll check out your books and your blog. Have a good ..."

Thanks Marita. I'll return the favour. :-)


Samantha Young Hi Mark, yeah, it's nice to meet another Scottish author here on goodreads... I've not really come across many. Metallic Dreams sounds great.

All the best
Samantha


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Mark Rice Samantha wrote: "Hi Mark, yeah, it's nice to meet another Scottish author here on goodreads... I've not really come across many. Metallic Dreams sounds great.

All the best
Samantha"

Thanks Samantha. There are some Scottish authors on goodreads, but we're few and far between. I'm impressed by how much you've written. For a 25-year-old author, that's amazing. I've added 'Drip Drop Teardrop' to my to-read list.

Good luck with your writing.

Mark


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Sangria Mark, thanks for your friendship! :)


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Mark Rice Sangria3 wrote: "Mark, thanks for your friendship! :)"

Ditto. Good to meet you.


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Tamara Rose Blodgett Hi Mark~! Thanks so much for your friendship... :)


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Jason Koivu Thanks for friending me up! Hope the writing's going well!


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Mark Rice Sean wrote: "Hey Mark, how are you?
Going to be following the world cup?"


Hi Sean. Just noticed your message. If you're talking about the rugby world cup, the answer's no...I'm going to be getting stuck into my writing instead! I hope you're well.


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Mark Rice Tamara Rose wrote: "Hi Mark~! Thanks so much for your friendship... :)"

You're welcome, Tamara. Thank you too.


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Mark Rice Jason wrote: "Thanks for friending me up! Hope the writing's going well!"

Hi Jason. Thanks for the message. Writing's going OK...moving forwards with novel #2. I hope you're well.


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Simon Thanks for the note, Mark.


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Mark Rice Simon wrote: "Thanks for the note, Mark."

You're welcome, Simon. I hope all's well with you.


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Layla Thanks for friending :)


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Mark Rice Layla wrote: "Thanks for friending :)"

You're very welcome!


∞ M.A. Devereux ∞ Hi Mark, nice to connect.


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Mark Rice Matthew wrote: "Hi Mark, nice to connect."

Thanks Matthew. Good to meet you.


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Jillian Peery Hi Mark! Glad to be friends!


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Mark Rice Jillian wrote: "Hi Mark! Glad to be friends!"

Likewise, Jillian. Good to meet you!


Veronica Hello, Mark,
Nice to meet you...thanks for the friendship.


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Mark Rice Veronica wrote: "Hello, Mark,
Nice to meet you...thanks for the friendship."


You're welcome, Veronica. Thank you too. Happy writing!


Jennifer Shirk Hi, Mark! Nice to meet you and connect across the ocean. :-)


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Mark Rice Jennifer wrote: "Hi, Mark! Nice to meet you and connect across the ocean. :-)"

Thanks Jennifer. Good to meet you!


message 33: by Rachael

Rachael Wade Hey Mark, thanks very much for the friend add. Nice to meet you! :)


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Mark Rice Rachael wrote: "Hey Mark, thanks very much for the friend add. Nice to meet you! :)"

Hi Rachael. Good to meet you too!


Shovelmonkey1 Thanks for the invite! As well as Pisces Vegetarian Loudmouth... you can also add fellow Scot to the list of things we have in common, although I am exiled in the southern lands (Liverpool) for general misdeeds and work purposes.


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Mark Rice Shovelmonkey1 wrote: "Thanks for the invite! As well as Pisces Vegetarian Loudmouth... you can also add fellow Scot to the list of things we have in common, although I am exiled in the southern lands (Liverpool) for gen..."

Kindred spirits, for sure!


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Linda Atnip Hi Mark,

Thanks for adding me to your friends list. As a former music writer and columnist, your latest tome sounds fascinating, and seems to be calling me. If you're into animals, check out my latest, "Conversations with Mr. Kiki."

Best wishes,

Linda


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Mark Rice Linda wrote: "Hi Mark,

Thanks for adding me to your friends list. As a former music writer and columnist, your latest tome sounds fascinating, and seems to be calling me. If you're into animals, check out my ..."


You're welcome, Linda. I love animals, so I'll make a point of checking out your book.


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Richard Mark, or should I say Mr. Rice?: I just read your blog. The last entry especially was good. Your comic tone made me expect a scene from This Is Spinal Tap, but it somehow twisted into a tale of a genuine if free-spirited soul. Even though I don't listen to this type of music I feel like I was there for the event and met Z personally!


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Mark Rice Richard wrote: "Mark, or should I say Mr. Rice?: I just read your blog. The last entry especially was good. Your comic tone made me expect a scene from This Is Spinal Tap, but it somehow twisted into a tale of a ..."

Thanks for the compliment, Richard. If Z's persona resonated with you, the book Bad Wisdom might be right up your street. It details the trip Z made to the North Pole (with KLF founder and all-round artistic genius Bill Drummond). Their goal: to place a laminated photo of Elvis Presley on the magnetic North Pole so that The King's vibes of peace, love and rock 'n' roll would shimmer down the Earth's ley lines and bring harmony to the world. The contrast between the chapters by Bill Drummond and those by Z is amazing; Bill describes things in a very literal no-nonsense way, whereas Z's perception of the same events is the result of them having filtered through his chemically enhanced imagination. I found it a hugely enjoyable book.


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Richard Have a great time at the Thin Lizzy concert tomorrow Mark!


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Mark Rice Richard wrote: "Have a great time at the Thin Lizzy concert tomorrow Mark!"

Thank you, Richard. I can confirm that the boys were back in town...and on excellent form. It's always weird seeing Thin Lizzy without the iconic presence of Phil Lynott on stage, but Ricky Warwick stepped into Phil's unfillable (unPhilable?) shoes and did an admirable job, just as he did on the 2011 tour. Ricky's a Belfast-born boy who grew up in the Scottish town of Strathaven, so he has undisputed Celtic credibility and an attitude to match. I've no tales of debauchery to report, but there was one funny incident at the gig, so I may flesh that out into a blog post of sorts. I'll let you know if I do.


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Richard Your pun Phils me with glee! I Ly nott!


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Mark Rice Richard wrote: "Your pun Phils me with glee! I Ly nott!"

Hail to the Undisputed King of Punnery!


message 45: by Paul

Paul Hi Mark - I noticed you plan to read The Silk Code. In case you're still interested, there's now an "author's cut" Kindle edition of the novel - available on the Amazon UK site.


message 46: by Richard

Richard Hello Spark, How goes it?


message 47: by Maria

Maria Hi Mark, thanks for the friend request. : )


message 48: by Mark (last edited Feb 04, 2016 08:32AM)

Mark Rice Maria wrote: "Hi Mark, thanks for the friend request. : )"

You're welcome, Maria. You liked a review I wrote, so I figured you must have good taste...


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Maria Mark wrote: "Maria wrote: "Hi Mark, thanks for the friend request. : )"

You're welcome, Maria. You liked a review I wrote, so I figured you must have good taste..."


Haha.
I think I like you already and might even read one of your books sometime.


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Mark Rice Maria wrote: "Mark wrote: "Maria wrote: "Hi Mark, thanks for the friend request. : )"

You're welcome, Maria. You liked a review I wrote, so I figured you must have good taste..."

Haha.
I think I like you alrea..."


I'm happy to hear it. Go with Metallic Dreams if you're going to read one. That's my Magnum Opus so far.


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