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, February 6, 2014
Ray is Quoted on a T-Shirt
Yesterday I received in the mail a care package from Nigel's Flight Books, which included a couple of promotional t-shirts for author Sheila Eggenberger's debut novel, Quantum Demonology.
I've known Sheila, aka in my world "The Denmark Connection," for a few years, but when the time came that I found her book across my face for review consideration, well, I can't say I was surprised, but well won-over. I gave her a pre-release hype quote, which appears on the book's jacket and on a t-shirt for Sheila's American press junket.
On the shirt is my glowing accolade: "Sheila Eggenberger has tapped into that rare sense of danger that's been lost to rock 'n roll for ages. Her cloven-hooved playground in Quantum Demonology is steamy, descriptive and a freakin' hoot. Horns up from both fists." Attributed to Ray Van Horn, Jr., Blabbermouth.net.
Hopefully that's enough of a teaser for you. Get on out there to Amazon.com or your favorite book retailer and check out Quantum Demonology.
Thanks to Sheila and Nigel's Flight Books for humbling me in such fashion. Muah!
Listenin' to: Siouxsie and the Banshees - Tinderbox