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, April 26, 2012

Poetry In Your Pocket Day

Today is Poetry In Your Pocket Day and the idea is to carry around a favorite bit of poetry or prose in your pocket to pull out and share with people in your travels today.

I'll take along this sliver from Kahlil Gibran's Sand and Foam:

"Poetry is the wisdom that enchants the heart.
Wisdom is the poetry that sings in the mind.
If we could enchant man's heart and at the same time sing in his mind,
Then in truth he would live in the shadow of God."

Monday, April 2, 2012

Ray Is Featured In the "Be Our Guest" Section at Steppin' Out Magazine This Week

This week I'll be plugging my Smashwords short story "John's Dead" in the "Be Our Guest" segment in Steppin' Out magazine.

A special note of gratitude to Dan Lorenzo of Hades, Non-Fiction and The Cursed for hooking this up for me. You rule, brutha!