Colin Winnette was announced as judge for New Delta Review’s Ryan R. Gibbs Flash Fiction Contest.
Haints Stay is something like as if Cormac McCarthy’s bloody West were touched by the hand of Samuel Beckett, and something of the aesthetic spirit child of Jim Jarmusch’s Dead Man, except for more honest.
"Under the radar, worth picking up: The Job of the Wasp. A creepy, pretty unique take on the boarding school ghost story. Some brilliant rhetorical gambits by narrator. Very weird. Perhaps a bit murky at the end. Wldn't be surprised to see it on the Shirley Jackson Award ballot."
He’s like William Faulkner filtered through Poe and sprinkled with a bizarro version of Flannery O’Connor. If you like strange, harsh, disturbing literature, The Job of the Wasp is not to be missed.
I’m a sucker for smart horror novels, in the same way that I’m a sucker for smart horror movies. They’re my popcorn, and I’ve heard this is a great one. The quiet of the nighttime desert around my yurt will turn any atmospheric spookiness up to 11.
"The Job of the Wasp is a chilling tale, underscoring the narrator’s statement that “civilized boys are barbaric.” It’s last horrifying sentence will long linger in the reader’s mind with the wishful addendum that he knew what came after."