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, February 14, 2016

Sunday Triple Play: Mushy Valentine's Day Edition - 2/14/16



We're back again with Sunday Triple Play!  For those of you new to my blog, the concept of this feature is simple.  I pick three songs and post them each Sunday, sometimes with a theme, most of the time just a random mix of genres.  Dig it?

Whether you have a sweetie to cuddle up with today or you're flipping off Cupid, there's always room for a good love song or in this case, three.  Just a few of my favorite love jams are The Flamingos' "I Only Have Eyes for You," the Scorpions' "Still Loving You," The Cure's "Lovesong," Prince's "Scandalous," Elvis Presley's "It's Now or Never," Al Green's "Let's Stay Together," Lush's "For Love," Depeche Mode's "In Your Room," Lita Ford's "Back to the Cave," Type O Negative's "Love You to Death," Patsy Cline's " I Fall to Pieces," Dokken's "In My Dreams," Olivia Newton John's "Hopelessly Devoted to You," Killing Joke's "In Cythera," H.I.M.'s "Sacrament," Heart's "Alone," Air's "Playground Love," Emmylou Harris' outrageously sexy cover of Neil Young's "Wrecking Ball" and the three I've chosen for this Valentine's edition of Sunday Triple Play.

So from me to all of you, XOXOXOXOXOXO...   K, now I'm hearing hearing distant echoes of Slappy Squirrel gnashing "Ehhh, enough with the mushy stuff already..."


Psychedelic Furs - "Love My Way"


The Moody Blues - "Nights in White Satin"


Bad Brains - "Sacred Love"

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