The following interview is not only my first “You’ve gotta interview this guy!” referral, but Ed Kurtz, writer and editor-in-chief, also has the dubious distinction of being the first non-Canadian interviewed on Nine Day Wonder.
We had originally “met” by way of Tobin Elliott through Facebook. But we also met by way of a Facebook quiz contest! I happened to know the answer to the trivia question (the answer is also a teaser: “SAM TRUMAN” – keep that name in mind, you wonderful horror readers, you); the prize was a free electronic copy of Bleed, Kurtz’ breakout novel!
I’m still reading it – but as my reader/writer friends know…boy, it takes me forever to read a book. But with reviews like these, I’m sure I’m in for a treat!
So, let’s take a moment to pick the strange and morbidly wonderful brains of Mr. Ed Kurtz.
PF: According to the bio at your website, you’re an author, exploitation film buff and tarantula wrangler. First – as for the tarantulas, pictures or it never happened. Second, help me understand: what exactly is exploitation film, and how does it relate to the works you write?
PF: You have a lot of awesome things coming out in 2012. What are you most looking forward to this year?
PF: It looks like 2011 was really your break-out year. I can assume then that you’ve been writing for a while before now. What prompted you to finally make the jump to publication?
PF: You strike me as a voracious reader as well. What’s been the single most formative book for you, in your reading history?
PF: On your blog, you omit one interesting (and important detail): that you’re also the editor-in-chief of Redrum Horror, and by association, its imprint Abattoir Press. What have you learned as an editor that you’ve been able to apply to your writing career?
PF: Abattoir Press is open for submissions for dark fiction –
novellas and chapbooks. Let’s say you receive a submission from someone
you’ve never heard of before. What are you going to be looking for?
What’s most likely going to make you put the manuscript down and stamp
it “Naw, I’ll pass”?
crop of new, unpublished writers, which I’m really looking forward to. I
am extremely open to all sorts of definitions of “dark fiction,” and it
is my hope that I will see a very wide range there, but if there is
anything that will end up in the NOPE pile quick it’s poor writing (of
course), but also derivative narratives. Don’t give me a rehash of every
zombie book we’ve already seen in the last 10 years. Give me something
different, something that’s yours.
PF: In your professional opinion: is print media on its way out?
Ed Kurtz is an author, exploitation cinema buff and tarantula wrangler. He lives in Texas. Bleed is his first novel, and he is presently working on a number of projects. His fiction has appeared in Dark Moon Digest, Shotgun Honey, and is slated to appear Needle: A Magazine of Noir. Kurtz can be contacted at kurtzed @ rocketmail.com. (Link deliberately broken to prevent spam from this site.)
Bleed (2011; Abattoir Press)
Sawbones (2012; Ravenous Shadows)
The Tombs: Sawbones Book Two (2012; Ravenous Shadows)
Catch My Killer! The First Sam Truman Mystery (2012; Abattoir Press)
“Roadbeds” (Shotgun Honey)
“Pearls” (Dark Moon Digest #5)
“Angel and Grace” (Mutation Nation: Tales of Genetic Mishaps, Monsters, and Madness; ed. By Kelly Dunn)
“Dog Will Hunt” (Needle Magazine #6)
“Third Wheel” (Beat to a Pulp)