Adult coloring books are so popular right now that even Chuck Palahniuk, the bestselling author of novels including 1996’s Fight Club and 2001's Choke, is getting in on the action. According to BuzzFeed, Palahniuk has teamed up with publisher Dark Horse books to write his first-ever coloring book for adults. The work, titled Bait: Off-Color Stories for You to Color, is slated for release in comic book shops and bookstores on October 26.
Palahniuk will contribute eight brand-new short stories to the book, and a slew of comic book artists will provide nearly 50 black-and-white accompanying illustrations. Artists involved in the project include Hellboy's Duncan Fegredo, Lady Killer's Joelle Jones, and The Suiciders’s Lee Bermejo.
If you’re familiar with Palahniuk’s writing (which is often gory), you’ve probably guessed that Bait won’t be your typical, upbeat coloring book. Don’t expect any rainbows, kittens, and Star Wars characters—but do make sure to stock up on plenty of red crayons.
"This will not be your grandma's coloring book,” Palahniuk acknowledged in an email to mental_floss. “But with the quality of the stories and artwork—not to mention your own colorful contributions—it might very well belong to your great-great grandchildren. It will be beautifully bound, the first of its kind. Color inside the lines. Color outside the lines. Make your book a one-of-a-kind heirloom."
Get a sneak peak of a few of Bait’s illustrations below:
Illustrated by Duncan Fegredo, Courtesy of Dark Horse
Illustrated by Kirbi Fagan, Courtesy of Dark Horse
Illustrated by Steve Morris, Courtesy of Dark Horse