New York Times bestselling novelist and cultural trickster Chuck Palahniuk is bringing his first ever adult coloring book, Bait: Off-Color Stories for You to Color to Dark Horse Books this fall.

Not only is Bait a coloring book, but it is also the second short story collection from Palahniuk. The book will contain eight bizarre tales illustrated in black and white by Joëlle Jones (Lady Killer), Lee Bermejo (Suiciders), Duncan Fegredo (Hellboy),Kirbi Fagan, Alise Gluškova, Steve Morris, Tony Puryear, and Marc Scheff. Each short story is paired with pieces of colorable original art totally nearly 50 in all.

Bait: Off-Color Stories for You to Color will be ublished as a 8.5 x 11 inch hardcover album with uncoated and white interior paper stock, accompanied by a cover illustrated and colored by Duncan Fegredo and designed by Nate Piekos.

The short stories continue in Palahniuk’s tradion of being provactative and not for the faint of heart. They include a story about a passenger on the Titanic who finds a surgical solution to the obstacle of “women and children first.” Another involves a Hollywood star, whose fading brand faces a viral (and scatological) internet campaign. A third is about an animal psychic who coaxes a statement from a fish that witnessed a political assassination. A fourth is about increasingly terrible birthday gifts that place a girl at the center of an extinction-level event.

Take a look at some of the gorgeous illustrations:

Bait: Off-Color Stories for You to Color

Illustration by Steve Morris

Bait: Off-Color Stories for You to Color

Illustration by Duncan Fagredo

Bait: Off-Color Stories for You to Color

Illustration by Kirbi Fagan

This is what Palahniuk had to say about the book, “Maybe between your colors, the artists’ designs, and my stories we can create something that endures. Something worth keeping. Let’s create a well-bound book that can sit on any shelf and be available for a new generation to discover and enjoy.”

Palahniuk will also be touring the United States on a book signing tour for his recently completed Fight Club 2 graphic novel.


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