Chuck Palahnuik has had a pretty busy 2016 so far. He recently hit his fundraising mark for an indie adaptation of his magical-realism novel Lullaby and finished a run of comic-book sequels to Fight Club. If you didn’t think that was enough for one year, the novelist-turned-everything-else has found yet another new medium in which to creep us out: adult coloring books.
This fall will see the the release of Palahnuik’s hybrid short-story anthology/coloring book, Bait: Off-Color Stories for You to Color. The book features eight new stories of predictably grotesque situations (such as a man on the Titanic “who finds a surgical solution to the obstacle of ‘women and children first”), accompanied by more than 50 pieces of original coloring-book art by several different comic book artists. The publisher, Dark Horse, assures us that these tales are “provocative and not for the faint of heart” and will totally entertain people outside of Chuck’s crucial “eighth-grade Satanist” demographic.
If you aren’t a fan of Palahnuik’s work and are witnessing this irratic, violence-masquerading-as-‘commentary’ from a distance, you might be wondering, “what the heck going on here?” If you are a fan of Palahnuik’s work and have been through the decades, you’re definitely wondering, “what the heck is going on here?” It’s not that his obsession with gore isn’t gleefully documented in every book and story, but rather his cashing in on a trend in the most depraved, Palahnuikian fashion. His writing is not developing into new territories or topics. The only difference is his now he’s applying a Hostel-like deviance to whatever niche form he finds hip and cool at the moment.
Bait will be available everywhere on October 26th, and then only in the clearance section of Urban Outfitters on October 27th.