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.

Sunday, January 19, 2014

Live Photos From Ray's Archives Circa 2006

2006 was one of my best and busiest years in entertainment journalism.  At that point, I was writing simultaneously for seven print magazines, including two monthly columns, and five websites.  To this point, all but one of those venues have folded thanks to the ever-changing climate of the digital era. 

I was covering punk and heavy metal along with horror movies and I'm not sure how I tackled it all, other than getting 3-4 hours' sleep a night while maintaining a day job.  I had a very patient wife and our son hadn't yet come along, so I ran myself as close to the edge of collapse as I could, all to make a name for myself.  This pace is not for wussies, I assure you.  My most memorable assignment in 2006 came via an interview with Betsy Palmer (i.e. Pamela Voorhees, plus Candid Camera co-hostess and fifties/sixties t.v. personality) followed by a trip to Camp No-Be-Bos-Co and Blairstown, New Jersey for an article on the filming locations for the original Friday the 13th.

I was at a show more often than I wasn't in 2006 and I snapped tons of photos from the concerts I attended that year.  For fun, I thought you might dig seeing a selection of these pictures from that grueling but wonderful year in my life.  Just getting to interview Iron Maiden's Nicko McBrain and have him invite me out to their show was exhilarating enough.  Hovering front and center in the photo pit at the Maiden show might be the most intoxicating live shoot I've ever done.  Enjoy...

Steve Harris, Iron Maiden

Bruce Dickinson (Nicko McBrain in background), Iron Maiden

Janick Gers, Iron Maiden

Aaron Turner, Isis

Spider, Powerman 5000

Cronos, Venom

The late Corey Smoot, aka Flattus Maximus, Gwar

Tom G. Warrior, Celtic Frost

Doro Pesch

Joey Belladonna, Anthrax

Ogre, Skinny Puppy

Josh Scogin, The Chariot

Wata, Boris

Anders Friden, In Flames

Horse the Band


                              All Photos (c) Ray Van Horn, Jr.

                                  Listenin' to:  Sierra - Pslip

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