A few weeks ago I was playing around with some generative art and created an image of the Grim Reaper on vacation. I found it amusing and was constantly thinking about other scenarios for Death to be in. So I decided I wanted to write a book using AI. Of course that had already 'been done'. So I wondered if I could create one that was cohesive, with an actual plot, and could I illustrate it using AI too?
Grim Tales is the result. It's a short story about the Grim Reaper in paperback and as an ebook. It was exciting to see the text and the art getting generated and coming together. As far as I know it is the first book both written and illustrated by AI.
The art was created using a modified version of the 'Aleph2Image' notebook (created by @advadnoun on twitter) which uses OpenAI's CLIP and DALL-E. The text was generated using a writing tool that utilises OpenAI's GPT-3 API. I've already written an article on the site about how I generated the text for the book. I'll follow that up with a similar article about the art, and discussions on the quality of the writing and how AI could be used as a tool for writers in the future.