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.


Tuesday, January 14, 2014

Ray Has an Essay Appearing in Neil Daniels' Beer Drinkers & Hell Raisers: A ZZ Top Guide Coming 3/1/14



I was invited by my buddy across the pond, Neil Daniels, to write an essay for his forthcoming book, Beer Drinkers & Hell Raisers:  A ZZ Top Guide, scheduled for release March 1, 2014 through Soundcheck Books.

Daniels has produced scores of rock biographies including Journey, Iron Maiden, UFO, Bon Jovi, Linkin Park and Pantera, to name a few.  He is also the author of Hard Rock Rebels, Rock and Metal Chronicles and Rock and Roll Sinners. 

Neil interviewed me a few years back for his series on music journalists, All Pens Blazing, so I naturally jumped on the opportunity to contribute to Beer Drinkers & Hell Raisers

Keep your eyes peeled or better yet, pre-order the book at your favorite online book hub.


Also, head on back here to the Crash Pad for my reflections on Van Halen's immortal 1984 album, which turns 30 this year.  Gads, has it really been that long?  Pass me the Metamucil...


                                Listenin' to:  Van Halen - 1984

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