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.

Tuesday, April 1, 2014

Now Out Today! "Axes of Evil," an Anthology of Horror and Heavy Metal Fiction, Featuring "Before the Ball," by Ray Van Horn, Jr.

It's out today! The Axes of Evil anthology from Chupra Cabra House/Diabolus in Musica, featuring my story "Before the Ball," work from my colleagues Alex S. Johnson and Jayaprakash Satyamurthy, plus Bram Stoker Award winner Lucy Taylor and more. 
Quoting advance praise of the anthology:
"Carnage. Blood. Damage. Diatonic scales. Bone shards. Blast beats. Chaos. Chromatics. Gore. Guitars. Diabolism. Double bass. Riffs. Wreckage. Monsters. Music. Axes of Evil, an original anthology of heavy metal-themed horror stories, edited by music journalist (Metal Hammer) and author Alex S. Johnson.  Featuring Lucy Taylor, Bram Stoker Award-winning author for The Safety of Unknown Cities Sèphera Girón, author of over 15 published books, including The House of Pain and Borrowed Flesh, Terry M. West, author of What Price Gory, director of the cult classic horror film Flesh for the Beast, Del James, author of The Language of Fear, music journalist, songwriter (Guns N’ Roses, Testament, etc.), and 30 more of the finest writers in the horror field today.  I have determined that this astounding collection of horror is not merely an anthology but a coded Grimoire of magic."   --Robin Dover
"As a reader and avid horror fanatic, I often find myself saturated with supposedly great horror fiction only to be let down by the quality. With this anthology, I got everything I could possibly want; Horror and Metal.  Thirty-four stories with bite and balls make this a must read.  Axes of Evil isn't just a book; it's an epic tome of brutality."  --Dale Herring, Let the Shredding Begin

Addendum:  Our publisher has been given the news that VH-1 Classic's That Metal Show will be discussing Axes of Evil in a near-future episode.  Slamdango!


                      Listenin' to:  Gonin-Ish - Naishikyo-Sekai

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