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, March 20, 2014

The Good, The Bad and the WTF? 3/20/14

Photo courtesy of Bay Area News Group

This week's good news at NBC News.com comes from San Ramon, California where three teenagers saved a 94-year-old woman and her dog from her burning house.  The elderly woman was reportedly starting to catch on fire when Garen Kissoyen, Peter Kravariotis and Kirill Yantikov responded to a summons for help from Dianna Davis, whose mother was trapped inside the house, smoldering with burns from the fire.  Another neighbor, Bob Smith, had been on-hand to help, but his age and the density of the smoke prohibited him from lasting too long inside the house.

Never mind the three teen heroes were playing hooky from school when the incident occurred.  In this case, detention's probably an insult.  Considering all the bad press teens and early twenty-somethings receive these days, it's nice to see a little flipside recognition.

Link to Cheryl Hurd's article here:


Photo courtesy of NBA.com

The bad... 

I haven't been much of a hoops fan since the eighties, but it ain't pretty in Philly these days as the 76ers have dropped 22 straight games as of their 102-94 loss to the Chicago Bulls.  Every city's team goes through ruts, no matter how infallible a mighty organization might be for a set period of time, but Dr. J can't be pleased.  Get yer steaks at Talk of the Town on Broad Street, right down the road from Wells Fargo Arena.  It'll ease your pain, Sixers fans.

In the WTF department this week, the Arizona Diamondbacks announced they will be offering an 18 inch corn dog filled with bacon, cheese and jalapeno at their Big Dawgs at Chase Field concession stand.  The price tag of this "D-bat" monster dog?  A measly $25.00.  Salud and may your arteries and wallet forgive you.

Story and photo courtesy of Fox Sports.com

                           Listenin' to:  Mastodon - Leviathan

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