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.

Saturday, May 3, 2014

Happy Free Comic Book Day!

Happy Free Comic Book Day, peeps!  Just came back from the madhouse celebration at Third Eye Comics in Annapolis, Maryland, but it was well-worth the venture.  It's all about the sales, the freebies, the cosplays, the Star Wars Clone Troopers and Stormtroopers.  Above all, it was about the professionalism of the store staff, who managed the influx of hundreds of comic book fans admirably.  Truly, a holiday for nerds, as they announced in the store.  With many comic shops suffering financially, this was a magical turnout to be a part of.

Photos (c) Ray Van Horn, Jr.

                  Listenin' to:  Saxon - Strong Arm of the Law

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