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, May 4, 2014

May the 4th Be With You!

As today is recognized as the annual Star Wars day to mark A New Hope's original release date in 1977, here's a handful of pictures I grabbed at Lego Land, Kansas City and their impressive Episode II dioramas.

While we wait for J.J. Abrams to wrap on Episode VII, I'd like to wish all of my fellow Force Freaks a fun May 4th.  As a PSA, just watch who you cross lightsabers with. 

Due to Free Comic Book Day yesterday, I have pre-empted Cool Comic of the Week.  Stand by for that selection tomorrow.  Salud, Cinco de Mayo's just around the bend!

Photos (c) Ray Van Horn, Jr.

                       Listenin' to:  Whitesnake - Lovehunter

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