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, March 24, 2014

RIP Dave Brockie of Gwar

Fate has a weird way about it.  Not only a couple weeks after posting my reflections of my hilarious interview with Dave Brockie, aka Oderus Urungus of Gwar, the news today reports of his passing.

I wasn't close to Brockie, but I will never forget that interview and subsequent barbecue he invited me to stay for.  On a side note, Brockie was a gentleman when he wanted to use The Metal Minute as a title for a radio segment he was involved with and he was classy enough to pass over it at my request since I had been using The Metal Minute and metalminute.com professionally for my endeavors.

Thank you, Dave, and RIP.  I'm freakin' stunned right now, as is most of the metal and punk underground.

Photo (c) 2005 Ray Van Horn, Jr.

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