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, August 31, 2014

Sunday Triple Play - 8/31/14

Howdy, folks, hopefully most of you are enjoying a three-day weekend for Labor Day.  Aside from knocking out the final round of album reviews for Blabbermouth this month and doing daddy duties, my brain is turned off.  Thus, this week's Triple Play has no rhyme or reason, just three jams I've got noodling around in the gray matter. 

First are British punk icons the Subhumans with the scathing "Apathy" from their start-to-finish brilliant album, Worlds Apart.  The title should be indicative enough of what you're getting if this is your first step up to it.  Next is a complete mood changer with The Cure's shoegazing dream-a-rama, "Out of This World," one of the most soothing songs I've ever heard.  Finally, a monster hit from the Scorpions and my vote for the greatest love ballad of all-time, "Still Loving You."  If you never made out to this song, you've missed out.  Point, endpoint.

For those readers looking for yesterday's pre-empted Cool Comic o' the Week selection, drop back here tomorrow!


Subhumans - "Apathy"

The Cure - "Out of This World"

Scorpions - "Still Loving You"

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