The Job of the Wasp by Colin Winnette

The Job of the Wasp

A new arrival at an isolated school for orphaned boys quickly comes to realize there is something wrong with his new home. He hears chilling whispers in the night, his troubled classmates are violent and hostile, and the Headmaster sends cryptic messages, begging his new charge to confess. As the new boy learns to survive on the edges of this impolite society, he starts to unravel a mystery at the school's dark heart. And that’s when the corpse...

Details The Job of the Wasp

TitleThe Job of the Wasp
Release DateJan 9th, 2018
PublisherSoft Skull Press
GenreMystery, Horror, Fiction, Gothic, Fantasy, Thriller, Mystery Thriller

Reviews The Job of the Wasp

  • Blair
    Right from the start, The Job of the Wasp is utterly disquieting. Everything about it just feels somehow off, though it's difficult to put your finger on exactly what the problem is. Perhaps it's the fact that the story is ostensibly narrated by a boy at boarding school, but nothing about the narrative voice sounds like any child or teenager you have ever encountered. Perhaps it's that the time period and geographical setting are so unclear. Perh...
  • Lori
    This was my first date with Colin Winnette, and will most definitely not be my last. I inhaled this book in nearly one sitting. Equal parts Lord of the Flies, I'm Thinking of Ending Things, and Turn of the Screw, we follow an increasingly unreliable and highly paranoid narrator as he becomes confusingly entangled in a series of mysterious murders that take place at a boarding house of sorts for terminally ill and problematic boys (aka the Facilit...
  • Jessica Sullivan
    Imagine Lord of Flies if it were a surreal, gothic ghost story written by Jesse Ball. That's the best way I can describe this bizarre little book.The Job of the Wasp begins with an unnamed narrator showing up at a mysterious facility for orphaned boys. We, the reader, are dropped directly into this strange and eerie world where everything and everyone functions in a peculiar and unreliable manner. This is creepy, this persistent sense of the unkn...
  • Elijah
    Yo holy fuck
  • Ron S
    A Gothic Lord of the Flies filled with comedic horror from a unique voice.
  • Michelle
    I've got to say that I was confused through most of this book. There were glimpses of some good creepy scenes but my mind just couldn't fully grasp what was happening. Maybe it's me. Maybe I just didn't get it. This is well written and other reviewers seem to of enjoyed it so by all means give it a try if it sounds interesting to you. Thank you to Edelweiss for providing me with a digital ARC in exchange for my honest review.
  • Chris Roberts
    The Home for Nonconvertible Boys, children, in drafty rooms, they room,the days, they breathe, now swing down, little brother,comes the night snatching behind you.Chris Roberts, God in Increments
  • Simon
    At the end of 2017 and the beginning of 2018, "The Killing Of A Sacred Deer", a new film from acclaimed Greek Yorgos Lanthimos, has been all the rage. The slow, weird thriller about a soft-spoken and detached boy at the centre of a horrible incident, it captured people with the intentionally wooden acting, the eerie atmosphere, and the unanswered questions that it never even really presents.Then Colin Winnette wrote a short little book that blows...
  • David Bridges
    A classical feeling goth novel with many other interesting elements. It is part murder mystery within a Lord Of The Flies-style setup. There are orphan boys trying to protect themselves from a perceived haunting and of course, the kid with psychopathic tendencies has risen to the top of their hierarchy. There is more to the story than that though. Our young narrator has just arrived at this crowded boys home and is not only finding it difficult t...
  • Andy Weston
    Colin Winnette’s Haint’s Stay was one of the highlights of my 2016 reading, a hard hitting coming of age Western in the mould of McCarthy or Lansdale. This is totally different though, perhaps described as quite an English style gothic tale with an element of the supernatural, more with the influence of Henry James or Susan Hill. The setting is a boys’ orphanage, the only building for miles in a dark valley, strangely run by only a Headmast...
  • Jim
    Exceptionally well-written Gothic tale of loneliness and horror. Is there anything Colin Winnette can't do?
  • Diane S ☔
    Review soon.
  • Elizabeth Willis
    The Job of the Wasp is a tense, paranoid novel; it’s the kind of book to sink into on a stormy winter night and read in one sitting (preferably while sipping hot tea). Our unnamed narrator arrives at a home for orphaned boys. Rather than a warm welcome, he is greeted by faces that meld together, a disturbingly disinterested headmaster, unknown assailants, and an endless array of corpses that keep popping up at inconvenient times. Part ghost sto...
  • Vernon Luckert
    Writing is good - Story is strange!
  • Jennifer
    I can't help but wonder "What did I miss?" as I look through the reviews on Goodreads and elsewhere. The book is about an orphanage for young boys and a mysterious set of deaths (accidents? murders? suicides?) and potentially supernatural perpetrators. It seems like it's Lord of the Flies-esque at some parts--a Jack/Ralph battle emerges a bit between the narrator and Anders/Fry. But it's quickly the case that Fry is the leader, so there ends that...
  • Toni
    This is a story closely reminiscent of a good number of Poe’s short stories, with the unnamed narrator, a dank and dismal environment, an antagonist who won’t listen to reason, and a discovery of unexpected horrors within. It ends as most Poe tales do, just at the moment when the story is “getting good” and without explaining what happens to the narrator afterward.The dialogue is often too adult sound, almost speech-like and declamatory, ...
  • Susan
    This started out very promising as a cross between The Shining and Lord of the Flies. If you give me an unreliable narrator, a boarding school setting and some creepiness I'm a happy reader. Unfortunately this one fell a bit flat. The dialogue, internal and external, was ridiculously unrealistic for young boys. It was way too verbose and philosophical and I can't imagine kids talking or thinking like this in real life. The whole story was a bit u...
  • Justin Freeman
    I emailed Colin looking for a copy of Fondly because I couldn't find it in stores or online. He emailed back and asked if I would like to buy a copy from him, and of course, I agreed. When I got the package in the mail there was an advance reading copy of The Job of the Wasp waiting for me as well!The thing I love most about Mr. Winnette is his ability to shift genres while maintaining the quality of his work. From Revelation to Haints Stay, his ...
  • Donald
    This is a quick, and strange read! A boy arrives at a school/boarding house for boys and things just get weird. People start dying, no one knows the boy or his name, and someone (or ones) may, or may not, be ghosts! Even though I wasn't a fan of the ending, I did enjoy the strangeness of the story. I felt very off kilter throughout. It reminded me of how I felt reading "We Have Always Lived in the Castle" by Shirley Jackson. I never really knew w...
  • Bernadette
    This felt like being in a very bad dream, and in that I believe it is successful. However, I felt detached from the characters and recoiled from the narrator through most of the book -which may have a point lost on me. Just wasn’t the cozy creepy gothic scare I expected.
  • Eblison
    The Job of the Wasp is an eerie and haunting story that seeps into your thoughts just as you're turning out the lights at night. Truly, a must-read for lovers of Gothic ghost stories and spooky tales. Colin Winnette must be fine-tuning the art of cinematic writing in this amazingly visual novel.
  • Samantha
    A weird, creepy, and delightfully unsettling novella. Winnette absolutely nails the psychological unraveling of the narrator, and even though you can kinda see the ending coming, it's a perfect conclusion. I'll definitely be seeking out more of Winnette's work.
  • Taylor Clarke
    A gothic of the highest order. Perhaps not as structurally sound as FEVER DREAM or I'M THINKING OF ENDING THINGS, but the writing, tone, and narration were a dream. Adam Sternbergh just wrote in the NY Times about his ideal subway read - this was mine.
  • Ivan
    Claustrophobic setting, effective fear and tension...a gothic thriller that calls to mind Andreas Barbas' Such Small Hands crossed with Lord of the Flies.
  • Adam Morgan
    A brisk, slippery little Gothic horror novel with a really memorable narrator. Dead Poets Society with more deaths and (potential) murders.
  • Izabela
    A fast-paced eerie story.
  • Alexis Stankewitz
    I just ended up skimming more than reading. .. which is pretty sad considering it's only 198 pages.
  • Emily
    This one couldn’t hold my attention. I skimmed the last couple pages. Many folks have read and loved this one; it just wasn’t for me.