As an update on my end, friends, yours truly has been going through some new life changes which is slowing blog production, but I'll be revving back up in due time.
A couple weeks ago, I was downsized from my day job in a foreclosure law firm. While the housing market slowly rises back up, that firm has skidded to a halt on their end. Fortunately, I was able to find a new job within a week's time in a well-established title company and I've been rather busy learning their system and growing acclimated to their thread of the industry.
In the meantime, I've been working on my current novel, "Watching Me Fall," since February, though I had a layoff of sorts from that while I sorted out my employment situation. Starting to get back into the groove and I'm about halfway through the first draft of this project.
Of course, I have my short story "John's Dead," available at Smashwords for your pleasure. I want to thank Dan Lorenzo of Hades and Non Fiction in advance for his generous invitation to promote this story at the Jersey-based magazine he sells advertisting for, Steppin' Out. This should be running sometime soon, but for now, please have a go at Smashwords via the link below and as always, thanks for your support.
Click here for a digital copy of "John's Dead": John's Dead, by Ray Van Horn, Jr.
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.