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Fill in Chuck Palahniuk’s nightmares in a disturbing new adult coloring book

Coloring books are back! That is, if you’re a grown-up. There are a few reasons why adult coloring books keep popping up on shelves. They’re funny. They’re ironic. They help us infantilize ourselves, and publishers love that you can’t buy them on Kindles.

The adult coloring book craze doesn’t look like it’s stopping anytime soon, and now one of the most adult authors around is getting in on the action. Chuck Palahniuk, author Fight Club, is releasing his own adult coloring book.

Bait: Off-Color Stories for You to Color is a short story collection written by Palahniuk and made up of almost 50 pieces of colorless, original artwork waiting to be filled in. Palahniuk collaborated with a team of artists including Lee Bermejo, Kirbi Fagan, Duncan Fegredo, Alise Gluškova, Joëlle Jones, Steve Morris, Tony Puryear, and Marc Scheff. But of course the beauty of coloring books is that the final artist is you.


Short descriptions of Bait’s stories reveal just how “adult” this adult coloring book will be. Are you ready to illustrate a tale about “A passenger on the Titanic who finds a surgical solution to the obstacle of women and children first?” How about a pleasant yarn about “Increasingly terrible birthday gifts that place a girl at the center of an extinction-level event?”

It makes you wish Palahniuk would look into the augmented reality tech Disney is pursuing for its coloring books. What good are nightmares if they aren’t living?


Bait releases October 26, not too long after Palahniuk’s other upcoming illustrated tome: the Fight Club 2 graphic novel. Bring down capitalism by consuming these products.

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