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, June 15, 2014

Happy Father's Day, Lads...

Six years ago, my life was radically changed. The foster system placed a frightened, crying six-month-old baby boy into my arms. Two days later, I was laid off from my job.  I'm not sure who was more scared between the two of us.

Suddenly responsible for a new life, I learned in a hurry how to be a father, which entails far more than just daily kiddo maintenance, which is cumbersome enough.  This is my flesh and blood, even though he comes from a stranger's womb.  I'm proud to call him my son and feel he's inarguably the most righteous thing I've done with my life.    

To all the fathers who treat this sacred job with diligence and respect, here's to you, brothers.

Listenin' to:  The (International) Noise Conspiracy - A New Morning, Changing Weather

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