Chuck Palahniuk is a New York Times bestselling novelist and the author behind Lullaby and Fight Club. On October 25th he is going to release Bait: Off-Color Stories for You to Color, his first ever coloring book for adults, this fall with Dark Horse Books.
The book will contain eight bizarre tales, illustrated in detailed black and white by Joëlle Jones (Lady Killer), Lee Bermejo (The Suiciders), Duncan Fegredo (Hellboy), and more. Each story is paired with pieces of colorable original art, nearly 50 in all. Dark Horse Books will publish Bait: Off-Color Stories for You to Color as an 8.5 x 11 inch hardcover album, with uncoated and white interior paper stock, accompanied by a cover illustrated and colored by Duncan Fegredo and designed by Nate Piekos.
“Many of my readers are creatives so I’m excited to include them in the storytelling process. Instead of being a gift that’s simply bought and presented, Bait allows the giver or receiver to personalize the finished book. The illustrations will run the gamut from delightful to shocking. The artists are among my favorites in the world, and their works take these new stories — the best I’ve ever written — to a bold, new level. Bait will change, forever, what people expect from both story collections and coloring books.”
Adult Coloring Books have been the hottest segment in publishing and populate the bestseller list on Amazon. There is growing medical evidence that not only are adult coloring books stress revilers, but contribute to your overall health. It has been well documented that art therapy is helpful among people dealing with a variety of conditions, such as depression, dementia, anxiety, and PTSD. One 2006 study, found that mindfulness art therapy for women with cancer helped to significantly decrease symptoms of physical and emotional distress during treatment. Another study from the same year concluded that after only one hour of art therapy, adult cancer patients of all ages “overwhelmingly expressed comfort” and a desire to continue with the therapy.