Martyrdom: The Coloring Book
What a weird world we live in, that this book would be published at all. Martyrdom: The Coloring Book is what it says on the cover. It’s a coloring book for adults, written by Hallie Fryd and illustrated by Julia Gfrörer (Black Is the Color).
Each set of two pages consists of, on the left, text about the life and death of a Christian saint who was killed for her or his faith and on the right, a line drawing of a key moment in the martyrdom. The pages also list the corresponding feast day and what, if anything, they are the patron saint of.
If one is really going to color this book, they’ll need plenty of red, given how much blood and fire is involved in many of the images. I couldn’t read about this many murders, particularly in how determinedly sadistic some of them are. The right kind of person, though — one interested in both outrageous deaths and the latest hobby trends — would find this ideal. If nothing else, it’s a unique gift idea. (The publisher provided a review copy.)