Bait: Off-Color Stories for You to Color is an upcoming adult coloring book from author Chuck Palahniuk and Dark Horse Books containing “eight bizarre tales, illustrated in detailed black and white by Joëlle Jones (Lady Killer), Lee Bermejo (Suiciders), Duncan Fegredo (Hellboy), and more.” The hardcover coloring book is currently available to pre-order from Amazon with a release date of October 25th, 2016.
Palahniuk’s short stories are provocative and not for the faint of heart. (His public readings are notorious for making audience members pass out.) Kirkus Reviews described Palahniuk’s 2015 short story collection Make Something Up: Stories You Can’t Unread as “Pathos and panic and penitence from one of the darkest and most singular minds in contemporary American lit.”
Bait continues in that vein with stories about:
A passenger on the Titanic who finds a surgical solution to the obstacle of “women and children first”. A Hollywood star whose fading brand faces a viral (and scatological) internet campaign. An animal psychic who coaxes a statement from a fish that witnessed a political assassination. Increasingly terrible birthday gifts that place a girl at the center of an extinction-level event.
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