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 10, 2014

Sunday Triple Play - 8/10/14

This week, I have my son, Nolan, sitting at the desk with me as we troll for this week's Triple Play selections.  He and I voted on numerous video clips and came up with the following three.  First is my kid's new favorite song courtesy of The Specials, "A Message to You, Rudy."  It's the cutest thing watching him sing this track.  He's learned the words so quickly after only four listens, and I'm beyond impressed.

Though I can't play Nolan one-time electronic auteur LaTour's most famous song, "People Are Still Having Sex," we both started dancing around like goofballs to "Blue."  "Blue" is best known as the slamming dance track at the rave scene in Basic Instinct.  Finally, is Nolan's mandatory pick, The Great Wakkarotti from one the greatest cartoons of all-time, Animaniacs.  If you're a parent to a six-year-old or even a six-year-old yourself, it's a no-brainer why Nolan's all over "The Summer Concert."

Thanks, kiddo, great picks!


The Specials - "A Message to You, Rudy"


LaTour - "Blue"


The Great Wakkarotti - "The Summer Concert"

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