If there’s one trend in 2016 that’s simply begging to be skewered, it’s gotta be adult coloring books, and I can’t think of a better person for the task than Chuck Palahniuk. This October, the author is releasing Bait, a collection of (most likely) twisted and (most definitely) colorable short stories. He’s teaming up with artists including Lee Bermejo, Kirbi Fagan, Duncan Fegredo, Alise Gluškova, Joëlle Jones, Steve Morris, Tony Puryear and Marc Scheff, each of whom will provide black and white illustrations based on all new short stories penned by Palahniuk.
The last time Palahniuk released a short story tome, his live readings notoriously caused some audience members to literally pass out, and based on the story descriptions for Bait, this book may well continue that inglorious tradition. Here’s what we know of the new stories:
- 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
Oh man… there’s so much awesome/ awful potential in there! Palahniuk himself seems more than game to enter this new medium of publishing, saying “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.”
You can check out a few preview illustrations from Bait below. Look for the hard cover, hardcore coloring book to be released this October.