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.


Thursday, February 25, 2016

Best Assignment Ever: On-Site at Camp No-Be-Bos-Co (aka Camp Crystal Lake from the Original Friday the 13th) EXPANDED EDITION

From time-to-time, I've posted these photos from what I consider the best assignment ever to this point in my journalism career.  I'd been given private access to the location most horror fans would give an appendage or two to see:  the Boy Scout camp doubling as the most notorious patch of woods the genre's ever seen.

Camp No-Be-Bos-Co has been around since the early 1900s and continues to operate today.  I'll never forget this trip as I was given a green light by the management to do an article on the camp when it was announced a remake of Friday the 13th was on its way.  Ranger Tom, the only official presence on-site, gave me some terrific stories but advised that, just like the deputy in the original Friday says, they don't stand for no weirdness from uber-fans trying to sneak onto the camp.  I was allowed to photograph "Camp Crystal Lake" to my heart's content.  It really does have a creepy feeling, particularly around the edges of Sand Pond, constituting the movie's "lake."

I later ventured into Blairstown, New Jersey to see the town used in the establishing shots where ill-fated camper Annie tramps through on-foot.  To no surprise, I couldn't get anyone to talk to me about the film for my article, but I did find a jewelry store owner with the last name of Voorhees.  As it turns, Voorhees is a common last name in the Jersey region.  Later, we ate at the Blairstown Diner used in the film, but naturally, our waitress vanished when I tried to kick up convo about the film.

Nonetheless, the piece was a success and it was capped by an interview with the late Betsy Palmer.  Betsy was the sweetest woman and she'd called me after our interview ran, telling me I was the first writer to ever quote her 100% accurately.  I still feel proud about that.  She'd invited me to a future lunch date in Manhattan, which I'm terribly sorry to say it never happened, even when I made the attempt to follow up a couple years later.  RIP Mama Voorhees.  

A couple years ago, I was approached by Allentown, PA writer David Zernhelt about my "Crystal Lake" photos I'd posted around the web.  He'd put together a few small booklets about the Friday the 13th series and asked to use some of the photos you see here.  Some were used and I thank David for his exposure of my work.  However, some of the photos you see here haven't yet been put out there to my readers, sooooooo....  Without further ado, here's an expanded edition of my No-Be-Bos-Co trip:

















 


 





 
 
 

 


 




                                    Listenin' to:  Otep - Generation Doom

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