Next up in my series of interviews to celebrate the launch of the new anthology WRESTLE MANIACS is… Hector Acosta!
Name: Hector Acosta
Story Title: From Parts Unknown
Firstly, how would you pitch your story to potential readers?
Luchadores vs Cosmic Horror!
Did it turn out how you expected?
It didn’t actually. Like a good wrestling swerve, the path the story took surprised the hell out of me. My original inspiration was the old Luchador films – those 60’s-70’s Mexican movies featuring masked wrestlers going against vampires, occult creatures, and biker gangs.
But as the story took shape, it became darker and more of a true horror story, in which a down on his luck luchador returns home and has to face a twin brother he hasn’t talked to in years and a being sinking his city.
What is the first wrestling match that you can recall watching?
It’s hard to remember the first match I ever saw. What I do remember though, is wrestling being part of my life from early on. I have fond memories of sitting cross legged on Saturday night in my parent’s room, the whole family watching the weekly lucha show.
I can however, remember the match that got me back into wrestling. Jeff Hardy vs Al Snow in a cage match on a random RAW show. I was in middle school, and hadn’t really watched wrestling in years. I remember clicking through the channel and stumbling across that match, and with nothing better on, watching it. And then watching the next match. And the next.
Do you have any favourite eras, or matches?
I’m a fan of the late WWE (or as it was known back then, WWF) Attitude Era. Specifically, right around 2000, culminating with possibly the greatest PPV of all time- Wrestlemania X7. That’s the time when you had The Rock, Triple H, Steve Austin, and Undertaker on the main event, with guys like Jericho, Eddie Guerrero, Brock Lesnar and Kurt Angle going up the ranks.
Favorite match constantly changes. I recently watched Velveteen Dream vs Aleister Black from the latest WWE NXT Takeover and thought it was fantastic, telling a complete story in the ring with a satisfying ending, which you don’t really get a lot.
Also, pretty much anything happening in New Japan Pro Wrestling nowadays is something that should be watched. They keep raising the bar.
If you had to compare your fiction to any wrestler, who would it be and why?
Mick Foley. Sometimes known as Mankind. Or Dude Love. Or Cactus Jack. Mick had this great ability to change gimmicks and make you believe he was a changed man, even if all he really changed was his shirt. He could go from hardcore matches which left him bleeding and missing an ear, to playing the lovable nerd the fans absolutely adored.
I like to think my writing is similar in that way. Yeah, I can sometimes go dark and bloody, but I also can’t go too long without trying to crack a joke or make something laugh through my writing.
And just like Mick, I’m not afraid to go for a cheap pop…RIGHT HERE, IN TOM LEINS’ BLOG.
Which of your fellow contributors would be most likely to win a Battle Royale?
Well, first of all, we’re going to assume I’m not participating, cause otherwise I’d win it. Hmm, we got some really good competitors in this book, but at the end I’m going have to give it to Gabino Iglesias. I feel like that dude could eat enough burritos right before the math that folks would be purposefully throwing themselves out of the ring to escape his field of gas.
Finally, do you have any additional publishing plans for 2017/18 and beyond?
No concrete plans for the rest of 2017, but I’m hoping to have a couple of short stories and finish my novel in early 2018. In the meantime, I have HARDWAY, a wrestling inspired novella out from Shotgun Honey Press that I’ve described as Stand By Me via ECW.