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.

Sunday, March 30, 2014

The Good, the Bad and the WTF? 3/30/14

Photo courtesy of MSN.com

The Good:  Call it public relations gold if you like.  Celebrities are being called out by teens and military cadets for big dances and the latest summons answer comes from Super Bowl champ Christine Michael of the Seattle Seahawks.  Michael granted the wish of autistic teen Taylor Kirkwood to be her prom date.  Conveyed to Michael through family-to-friend connections, this continued trend may be suddenly vogue, but it's always a Cinderella-esque feelgood story they're no doubt looking for at Disney.

Photo courtesy of Reuters

The Bad:  Take your pick from recent major headlines around the globe:  the Russia-Ukraine crisis, the dreadful drama of the weeks-long investigation into the disappearance of Flight 370 in Malaysia or North Korean leader Kim Jong Un condemning the U.N. and threatening to roll on with more nuke tests.  Shit's hitting the fan everywhere and we're all likely to find some of it flung across our proverbial cheeks.

Holy cock ring, Batman!  For this week's WTF? moment, DC Comics showed some balls this month with Harley Quinn # 4.  Okay, not literally, but our Riot Grrrl made over Harley is seen bulldozing into a house where a figurative target of her nutty wrath is hosting a sex toy party.  Amanda Conner and Jimmy Palmiotti depict vaginal vibrators (non-penis styled) and cock rings being flung toward the reader during this hilarious party crash.  I'm still waiting for this series to match the over-the-top zaniness of # 0, but this is bold stuff, even for an indie press.

      Listenin' to:  Edguy - Space Police:  Defenders of the Crown

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