Massively bestselling, robot-monkey-loving, time-traveling-pirate wannabe, Mark is actually a Canadian author of two novels: The Amadeus Net (2005) and Marvellous Hairy (forthcoming, 2009).
Mark acquired his super-powers on the day he was bitten by a radioactive baboon.
His grandfather had taken him to a petting zoo near Mark's home town of London (the other one, in Canada) and the ten-year old had been delighted to discover that there were monkeys. The only thing that would have made him happier was the presence of pirates, but the pirate petting zoo had been forced out of business earlier that year because of all the hook-related lawsuits.
Shortly after his mauling by a red-assed, Old World monkey, Mark began to exhibit his new super-powers. First mimicry, then copious hair growth, and finally, the storytelling. All three powers drove his family crazy.
Despite these gifts, he survived the 70s and 80s. (In fact, he is still pleasantly surprised that he was not vaporized in the mid-80s, though he never took the threat of global thermonuclear war personally, despite his encounter with the irradiated primate.)
Since then Mark has explored many storytelling media; the theatre, radio, print, and of course, the web. He's had several plays produced, more than two dozen short stories published, and he has written two novels: THE AMADEUS NET (ENC Press, 2005), and MARVELLOUS HAIRY (Crossing Chaos enigmatic ink, 2009).
His own tale is currently set in his hometown of London, Ontario (Canada). He shares a home in Old South with his partner, Heather, and their two furry faux-progeny: Mr. Magoo (handsome heavyweight cat) and Ceilidh (goofy giant white dog). He also works as a freelance writer and web consultant, and he teaches at The University of Western Ontario, in the Faculty of Information and Media Studies.
Kurt Vonnegut, Philip K. Dick, William Shakespeare, Samuel Beckett, Chuck Palahniuk, Tom Robbins, George Orwell, Julian Barnes, Milan Kundera, William Gibson, Douglas Adams, Christopher Moore, Harold Pinter, Tom Stoppard.
Marvellous Hairy is forthcoming from Crossing Chaos Enigmatic Ink (September 2009
So hair is sprouting in unspeakable places and you can no longer carry a tune, but if you're a surrealistic artiste with an addiction to Freudian mythology and guilt-free sex, turning into a monkey has its upsides.
Nick Motbot may be evolving as a novelist, but his friends aren't too sure about his DNA -- at least, not since Gargantuan Enterprises started experimenting with it. And once they figure out what's happening to him, they decide to set things right. MARVELLOUS HAIRY is a satirical novel about a group of friends sticking it to the man the only way they know how, with equal parts grain alcohol and applied Chaos Theory.
Mark A. Rayner --> scribblings, squibs and sundry monkey joys
Mark A. Rayner is a Canadian author of satire, humor, and speculative fiction. This site features news about his books & other writing, along with links to reviews, events, and Mark's thoughts on topics of interest to naughty primates everywhere. Check out the short fiction section for loads of free stories!
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The Emily Chesley Reading Circle is a group of “scholars” and bon-vivants pledged to further the study of Emily Chesley, a speculative fiction writer of the late Victorian period (who lived for some time in the London, Ontario region), who has been long-overlooked by Canadian literature.