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.

Wednesday, October 8, 2014

Coming Up This Week... All Hollows' Month

It's October, peeps, and in my household, that means horror flicks out the keister!

Halloween's quickly on its way and if you have kids, you're no doubt trolling the costume shops and searching for the cheapest goodies to pass out, assuming you're not searching for somewhere cooler to be than answering the door for trick or treaters.

For me, Halloween is all month long.  Albeit, knocking out a horror film in any month is time well-invested--even if it's a turd.

Thus it's time to serve up the turds, the classics, the freakazoids, the mandatory annuals and in-between brouhaha--maybe even a rubber chicken or two.  For the rest of October, I'll be posting my horror viewing selections with a few anecdotes about each.

This month-long screamfest is a tradition at Casa del Van Horn, thus I'm all warmed up from a preliminary round featuring The Purge, Blood Night, Werewolf of London and Would You Rather, plus a smorgasbord of Vampirella comics.  Time to get into the nitty gritty, friends, so come on back, as it's All Hallows' Month here at The Crash Pad!

           Listenin' to:  Byzantine - The Fundamental Component

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