A Look Inside Chuck Palahniuk's Next Novella... Which Is Also a Coloring Book

Image: Dark Horse. Art and Design by Duncan Fegredo and Nate Piekos.

If you thought the adult coloring book craze was just weird licensed cash-ins, think again. After surprising us all with last year’s Bait, a short story anthology/coloring book hybrid, Chuck Palahniuk is returning to the well again with his first long-form prose in three years, and it also happens to include gorgeous art for you to color in, too.

Published by Dark Horse, Legacy: An Off-Color Novella for You to Color marks Palahniuk’s first return to long-form fiction since 2014's Beautiful You. Although since then he’s been involved in a number of weird and wonderful projects, like the comic book sequel to Fight Club, the weirdest of all has got to be Bait, an anthology that interspersed new stories from the author with vivid, absurd scenarios for readers to color in themselves. Not quite the same as coloring in pictures of Jamie from Outlander or an IKEA shelf, but still a weird prospect.


Legacy intends to be much the same, except this time Steve Morris and Mike Norton’s art appears alongside a new, singular tale from Palahniuk that blends grim social satire with the blatant absurdity of coloring in intimate and human scenes and scenarios as you go along. Check out a few pages from the book, making their debut here on io9.


Legacy: An Off-Color Novella for You to Color is expected to be released this November.

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