Next up in my series of interviews to celebrate the launch of the new anthology WRESTLE MANIACS is… Ed Kurtz!
Name: Ed Kurtz
Story Title: Duluth
Firstly, how would you pitch your story to potential readers?
“Duluth” is a bit of period supernatural noir, early 20th century carnival lore, where whatever line between fantasy and reality exists in the world of performance is blurred and an old-school carnie barnstormer seeking long overdue vengeance is given a bizarre view into his own past by a mysterious visitor with a movie camera. It’s a spiritual cousin to my novel, The Rib from Which I Remake the World, so anyone who dug that will dig this.
Did it turn out how you expected?
No, but only because I had no idea where it was headed. I wrote the first paragraph months before the rest of the story, with only the vaguest notion of what might follow. I think it came out pretty okay, though.
What is the first wrestling match that you can recall watching?
I’ve never actually seen one — but I have seen most of El Santo’s movies, and I like Santo vs. las Mujeres Vampiro the best.
Do you have any favourite eras, or matches?
Related to the above, the closest I can answer is 1960s lucha movies. (Though No Holds Barred is pretty goddamned great, too.)
If you had to compare your fiction to any wrestler, who would it be and why?
Roddy Piper, because once you see it through the right lens, it becomes a much darker world both on and off the page. So bring plenty of bubblegum.
Which of your fellow contributors would be most likely to win a Battle Royale?
Eryk Pruitt. Because he fights dirty.
Finally, do you have any additional publishing plans for 2017/18 and beyond?
Plenty! I have a collection of brand new novellas coming in April 2018 from Journalstone called At the Mercy of Beasts, all of them historical creature stories. My crime novels Angel of the Abyss and Nausea are due to be re-released soon by Crossroad Press, who will also be publishing my epic post-Civil War revenge novel Sawbones. And ChiZine publications is releasing Caliban in early 2019, a survival horror novel set during the French and Indian War in the summer of 1755.