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.

Monday, January 27, 2014

Yo, Balboa...

Here's me getting a cheap shot on my childhood hero, Rocky Balboa.  I had a really nice quasi-business trip to Philadelphia over the weekend to cover the Reverend Horton Heat show, which included psychobilly icons Nekromantix and newcomer cowpunks The Creepshow.  The fam came along and we made a good time of it trolling through the colonial part of the city in the snow.

After a mandatory stop at our favorite cheesesteak haunt Talk of the Town on Broad Street, we slogged through the slush with full bellies until it was show time.  Stand by for a recap and photos here at The Crash Pad of the amazing Reverend Horton Heat, et.al. gig at the famous Trocodero.  It was truly a memorable evening for multiple reasons.  It was, frankly, one of the finest shows I've ever been to, and trust me, I've been to many.


                       Listenin' to:  Nick Drake - Bryter Layter

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