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, 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"


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