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Mark Rice

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Scottish, born and bred. Writer of fiction, non-fiction and poetry. Right-hand man to a wolf. Creator of #1 Amazon bestseller Metallic Dreams and some worstsellers too.

In Metallic Dreams vocalist Spark MacDubh wakes covered in snow on a street of his home town. His most recent memories are of dying and being jolted back to life by an unseen force. He sets out to restart his band, which fragmented years earlier in a hail of blood rituals, violence, depravity and jail time. Finding his reclusive ex-bandmates isn’t easy, but convincing them to abandon their new lives in order to chase old dreams is a monumental task.

Hearing voices he believes are celestial, MacDubh leads the band out on tour…and mayhem follows. They blaze a trail of destructio
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My Albums of 2017

While working on a blog post about my top 20 albums of 2018, I realised to my horror that I hadn’t published my previous blog post detailing my top 20 albums of 2017. So, not before time, here it is. Better late than never. My top 20 of 2018 will follow soon.

 

1. Nimbatus – The Invisible Lake

This isn’t the first Nimbatus album to top one of my album-of-the-year lists. The Invisible Lake is ...

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Metallic Dreams

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Revelation Was Wrong

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“I was ten when I heard the music that ended the first phase of my life and cast me hurtling towards 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 like antennae. To my young ears these amplified guitars sounded angelic, for surely no man-made instrument could produce that tone. The singer couldn't be human. His voice was too clean, too pure, too resonant, as though a robot larynx were piping words through vocal chords of polished silver. The overall effect was intoxicating - a storm of drums, earthquake bass, razor-sharp guitar riffs, and soaring vocals of astonishing clarity. I knew that I was hearing the future.”
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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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“Dying is the fastest route to fame for an aspiring rock star. The dead man’s melodies become profound, acquiring mystery and rising into a realm beyond the reach of human criticism. In the stopping of a heartbeat, the rocker is transformed from decadent 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 towards 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 like antennae. To my young ears these amplified guitars sounded angelic, for surely no man-made instrument could produce that tone. The singer couldn't be human. His voice was too clean, too pure, too resonant, as though a robot larynx were piping words through vocal chords of polished silver. The overall effect was intoxicating - a storm of drums, earthquake bass, razor-sharp guitar riffs, and soaring vocals of astonishing clarity. I knew that I was hearing the future.”
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message 49: by Mark (last edited Apr 21, 2019 09:18PM)

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.


message 48: by Maria

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.


message 47: 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...


message 46: by Maria

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


message 45: by Richard

Richard Hello Spark, How goes it?


message 44: 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 43: by Mark

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

Hail to the Undisputed King of Punnery!


message 42: by Richard

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


message 41: by Mark

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.


message 40: by Richard

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


message 39: by Mark

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.


message 38: by Richard

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!


message 37: by Mark

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.


message 36: by Linda

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 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!


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.


message 33: by Mark

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

Hi Rachael. Good to meet you too!


message 32: by Rachael

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


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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!


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


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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!


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


message 27: by Mark

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

Likewise, Jillian. Good to meet you!


Jillian Peery Hi Mark! Glad to be friends!


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

Thanks Matthew. Good to meet you.


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


message 23: by Mark

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

You're very welcome!


message 22: by Layla

Layla Thanks for friending :)


message 21: by Mark

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

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


message 20: by Simon

Simon Thanks for the note, Mark.


message 19: by Mark

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.


message 18: by Mark

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

You're welcome, Tamara. Thank you too.


message 17: by Mark

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.


message 16: by Jason

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


message 15: by Tamara

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


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

Ditto. Good to meet you.


message 13: by Mark (last edited Aug 22, 2011 04:26PM)

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


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 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. :-)


message 10: by Marita

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

Thank you, Nichole!


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


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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!


message 6: by Mark

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

You're welcome. Thank you back!


message 5: by Aloha

Aloha Hi, Mark. Thank you for the friending!


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


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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!


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


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