The explosion in popularity of adult coloring books over the past few years is quite possibly one of the greatest things to happen for us big kids, who are stuck performing stupid “adulting” activities such as going to a day job and paying bills.
Relieving anger and stress by coloring complex and hilarious pictures, (seriously, check out the Farting Animals coloring book; you won’t be disappointed) has become a norm among grown-ups, resulting the marketing of implements significantly more expensive and fancy than the most coveted of childhood creativity tools; the 64-color crayon pack.
So it was only a matter of time before the “Shut the F*** Up and Color” and “Drunk, Foul-Mouthed Jerk Unicorns” coloring book creators sought to capture revenue from an even more diverse audience by venturing further into inappropriate subject matters such as the horror genre.
Welcome to the new world of coloring slashers, corpses and skulls.
The Amazon description of one such book entitled, The Beauty of Horror; A GOREgeous Coloring Book states:
Welcome to art therapy for the abnormal. With this coloring book for adults channeling The Walking Dead meets The Secret Garden; comics creator/rock star Alan Robert invites fans of horror to discover their inner-colorist. Through intricate pen and ink illustrations to complete, color and embellish, readers will meet an onslaught of severed heads, monsters, deadly weapons, and skeletal remains.
Oh the joy.
Kill Time Coloring volumes 1 and 2 get right to the heart of the matter by featuring classic kill scenes from Friday the 13th, Nightmare on Elm Street, Halloween and Texas Chainsaw Massacre.
And because nothing says “I care” like coloring books featuring severed heads, Amazon is offering all three for $23.72, just in time for Easter basket stuffing.
Googling “adult horror coloring books” turned up no less than twenty titles, including one I purchased immediately to add to my collection; The Coloring Book for Goths: The World’s Most Depressing Book. Described as, “(it) will having you laughing from the darkest depths of your soul – if you’re capable of such a thing”.
And of course, I am.
So come on fellow horror fans, grab those red, maroon, scarlet and English Vermilion crayons sharpened up. We have some coloring carnage to do…