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.
Wednesday, March 12, 2014
Since kicking The Crash Pad of Ray Van Horn, Jr. back into action a couple months ago, I've been pleased to watch the site traffic grow exponentially. The hits were slow at first, but that's anything for which you're trying to build an audience. In the past month, much less the past two weeks, however, the hit count has soared and you folks are coming within reach of my Metal Minute traffic, which was considerable at the height of its activity.
For this, I'm very grateful to you all. Readership means everything to a writer and as I continue to seek hubs and avenues for my work out there, I hope you'll continue to follow me down those roads as well. I expect they won't be boring!
Because the response to this site has been so positive, I will be unleashing a few new regular features. First comes "The Good, The Bad and the WTF?" What's that about, you might ask? Stand by. It begins this week.
Also debuting over the weekend will be "Cool Comic o' the Month" and the "Most Blab-Worthy Album" of my Blabbermouth reviews from the prior month. Those should be self-explanatory. Of course, you can expect more "Comic Book Reading Spots of the Week" down the pike as I'm making my travels in search of various hidey holes to enjoy a peaceful fifteen minutes to read.
Thank you, readers, for making The Crash Pad a success and let's keep having fun here. Cheers...
Listenin' to: 311 - From Chaos