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, March 22, 2016

One For the Goofy Goals Files...

The Washington Capitals' Jason Chimera shows off a "heads-up" play against Pittsburgh Penguins goalie Marc-Andre Fleury.  To be seen to be believed...

                   Listenin' to:  Faith No More - King for a Day, Fool for a Lifetime

Thursday, March 17, 2016

St. Patty's Triple Play: 3/17/16

Sunday Triple Play gets relocated to Thursday this week in honor of St. Patrick's Day, so here's a trio of fun Irish nuggets to celebrate the day.  I consider myself an American mutt, but there is a strong strain of McDermott blood running through my lineage.  Thus I've always been real keen on Irish music, bangers and mash, Tullamore Dew shots and a pint or four o' Smitticks.

You don't need March 17th to enjoy Irish culture, but in the spirit of Saint Patty's, Slainte, and be sure to wear your green, lest you subject to some pinchin'.

The Rumjacks - "An Irish Pub"

Flogging Molly- "Drunken Lullabies"

The High Kings - "Rocky Road to Dublin"

Saturday, March 12, 2016


I spent a large chunk of my youth collecting baseball cards, along with Star Wars and Kiss cards, and then when I was an NHL game analyst, I collected hockey cards so I could have the players within my reach while writing up games (before many were traded, as happens so frequently in the sport). I still have that binder full of hockey cards, but these are my lone baseball card survivors.

Of course, they'd be my man, Eddie. # 33 forever.

                                          Listenin' to:  Shelter - Mantra

Monday, March 7, 2016

Snickers Satisfies...and Calls it Like a Champ

I don't eat anywhere near as much candy as I used to, but this one had my name all over it.

Listenin' to:  In this spirit of today's post, this damned song (Babymetal - "Gimme Chocolate") over and over, 'cuz it's one of the insanely addicting songs I've heard.  Throw me a life line and pull me free!!!

Sunday, March 6, 2016

Feeling Godzilla Strong

Feeling Godzilla strong after this weekend. 2 hours of pumps and an hour of pickleball on Friday. An hour fifteen of pumps and 2 miles run, plus 2 hours of floor hockey with 2 Dads against the kiddos yesterday (most of it full court). 2 more hours of pumps this morning. The power of 2 and a 'zilla roar to the heavens, thanking the Lord for giving me the will and the strength.  I'm now who I'm meant to be.

Listenin' to:  Black Space Riders - Refugeeum

Friday, March 4, 2016

Ray's Current Reviews at Blabbermouth

Over at Blabbermouth, I have reviews of recent albums by Megadeth, Voivod, Danzig, Girlschool, Primal Fear, Opeth, Baroness, Drowning Pool, Kylesa, Pinkish Black, Anvil, Entombed A.D., Bobaflex and Axel Rudi Pell.  Plus, DVD reviews of the Twisted Sister documentary "We Are Twisted F***ing Sister," the Scorpions' "Forever and a Day" and Nazareth's "No Means of Escape."

                                 Listenin' to:  System of a Down - Mesmerize