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.

Tuesday, December 9, 2014

Stand by...

Hang in there, readers!  More stuff coming atcha very shortly.

The holidays are in full swing, which has me on the run, but the bigger news is I've been invited to submit a novel I'm nearly finished writing titled "Watching Me Fall," so I'm devoting much of my extra time getting that completed for the prospective publisher.  It'd be a great way for me to ring out 2014 and kick off the new year.

In the meantime, I have reviews of the latest from Slipknot, Machine Head, Sanctuary, Mr. Big, Orange Goblin, Sodom and the expanded edition of Soulbender's debut album over at Blabbermouth.  I'm about to drop a review of the new AC/DC album, Rock or Bust very shortly, so keep dropping over there as you faithfully do here at The Crash Pad.

Cheers, yuletide and otherwise....

                          Listenin' to:  Radiohead - The Bends  

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