Torture Device Coloring Book

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Erik Ruhling is author of the book Infernal Device: Machinery of Torture & Execution, a visual history of such devices as the Iron Maiden, Guillotine, Tongue Tearer, and Ear Chopper. I've just discovered that Ruhling also created The Torture Device Coloring Book. It's available for download for $3.44 or as a print-on-demand from Lulu for $8.85. The 20 drawings are accompanied by a rhyme. Sounds like more fun than a barrel of rabid monkeys!

Link to buy The Torture Device Coloring Book
Link to buy Infernal Devices: Machinery of Torture & Execution


  1. Upcoming birthdays (these would make great gifts)

    Donald Henry Rumsfeld (born July 9, 1932)

    Richard Bruce “Dick” Cheney (born January 30, 1941, oops, just missed that one!)

    Antonin Gregory Scalia (born March 11, 1936)

    (I was just thinking about how Scalia said torture isn’t a “punishment” the way it is used in interrogations. So I guess that means it’s a reward?)

  2. If this is your cup of tea, I strongly suggest a visit to the Torture Museum in Amsterdam. Loads of fun. I can hardly figure out how a species can evolve to be so deliberatly cruel and just plain sick.

  3. Zikman, that looks like Minion. The designer has mixed letters from the regular and small-caps versions of the font.

  4. In 1986, when I was a freshman studying art, my begining drawing class was taught by a grad student. I remember her coming into class one day all smug and smarmy showing us this coloring book she and some other graduate students had created that was the “Death Coloring Book”. It was the same premise as the one above but it used famous pictures of the dead or dying like the Vietcong member being shot. I thought it was a pretty neat idea but I snubed it because she gave me a bad grade on a project where we were supposed to draw our favorite thing…and she marked me down for subject matter!


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