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.

Thursday, January 19, 2012

What's New With Ray in 2012 So Far

With 2012 already in full swing, I'm as-ever on the hunt for extra coin so I can get the bills in line. A lot of changes last year carrying over into this one and so far, the proposed strategies are slowly coming to fruition. I'm feeling upbeat in general and have much to look forward to once I address the monkeys and shake 'em away.

The most positive news I have to offer you, readers, is the completion of two new short stories, "John's Dead" and "Moonchasers." Both have been submitted to publications for their hopeful acceptance and then I've already started another short story, still untitled at this point.

The tones of these stories differ far more than their titles indicate. One deals with a coming-of-age moment for a 10-year-old boy in the midst of the John Lennon assassination. The next is a roasting of my rock journalism life and the latest one is shaping up to be a horror story that begins in a record store and ends up in much darker territories.

So hopefully I'll be announcing the publication of these tales in the near future while I begin a brand new edit of "Saved by Zero" which came to me through the suggestion of a literary agent I've been in extensive communication with. I look forward to the next step in that novel's evolution because I believe the winning combination is here this time.

Last (but nowhere near least), I have entered into a collaboration project with a well-known former thrash drummer. I will divulge further details at a later date once the cogs are spinning at full effect. Said affiliate and I are hammering out the semantics and the R&D of what we hope to accomplish together. Should be gnarly, based on our initial conversation last week.

As ever, I appreciate everyone who drops in at this site and even at The Metal Minute, which continues to receive visitors in heavy increments even while in limbo. Bless all of you for your enduring support...

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