Ray Van Horn, Jr. is a veteran entertainment journalist whose writing and live photography has been featured in Blabbermouth.net, Dee Snider’s House of Hair Online, Fangoria.com, Horror News.net, About.com Heavy Metal, MetalManiacs, New Noise, Music Dish, AMP, Hails & Horns, Unrestrained,Noisecreep, Impose, Pit, The Big Takeover.com, Rough Edge.com, Pitriff and others. His blog The Metal Minute won a “Best Personal Blog” award in 2009 from Metal Hammer magazine and he wrote and produced his own hard rock e-zine, Retaliate.

He has contributed essays to UK author Neil Daniels’ Iron Maiden and ZZ Top biographies. Ray’s fiction has been published in various periodicals and anthologies, including his flash fiction piece “Off the Record” for Akashic Books’ “Mondays Are Murder” noir series. His recent short stories “Before the Ball” and “Widow” were featured in subsequent editions of Alex S. Johnson’s Axes of Evil anthologies. Ray wrote serialized original superhero fiction for Cyber Age Adventures and five of those stories appear in the anthology Playing Solitaire. He was the winner of Quantum Muse’s fiction contest in 1999.

Ray is a former NHL game analyst for The Hockey Nut and one-time host of the forum “Comic Books” at ReadWave. He has done beat reporting, photography and lifestyle articles for Metromix, an affiliate of The Baltimore Sun, Carroll Magazine, The Northern News and The Emmitsburg Dispatch.

Friday, November 4, 2011

In Editing Mode to the Tune of the '82 Conan the Barbarian Score...

Basil Poledouris crafted one of the most exquisite film scores of all-time with his triumphant soundtrack for 1982's Conan the Barbarian. Currently blaring and thumping at my back as I cleave needless words and paragraphs from this manuscript without mercy. I am on the seventh (and hopefully final) draft of my novel "Saved by Zero" and I'm proud to say I've trimmed more than 70 pages this round as I near the finish line. Stephen King uses the phrase "kill your darlings" in order to streamline your novel to its best potential. Poledouris' gallant, violent and sometimes beautiful score is the perfect rhythm for such a gory task.

Be back with more stuff at The Crash Pad once I wrap on these edits...


  1. Conan is probably my favourite soundtrack. The Italian power metal band Domine do a great medley of the key themes in a song based around Conan. Aquilonia Suite or something like that.

  2. LOL, sounds wild. Definitely gets my vote in the top 5 film scores of all-time. I always say you don't have to be a Conan fan to be sucked into the majesty of Poledouris' fantastical compositioning.