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.

Wednesday, July 18, 2012

Ray Has Joined Blabbermouth.net and Metal Routes T.V.

Greetings, friends!  As of this week, I've been invited to join the album review staff at Blabbermouth.net.  Suffice it to say, this a most welcome opportunity and I am looking forward to making the most of it.  Come on by as I'll be examining the latest from Rush, Ihsahn, Tank, U.D.O. Baroness, Hellyeah and The Company Band in the immediate future. 

I would also like to announce my recruitment as a consultant and assistant program developer for Metal Routes T.V., a new heavy metal-themed show which will initially launch on the web and then broaden its horizons as investors are gained.  Filming begins on the debut episode very shortly.  Stay tuned for details.

Though I've been slow posting here at The Crash Pad, do continue to drop in as I'll have soon some goodies coming here for you as well. 

As always, I thank each and every one of you for your support of this site and all of my endeavors.

Ray Van Horn, Jr.