Alan Moore is not going to be happy when he hears that a public library system in North Carolina has pulled copies of his graphic novel, Neonomicon from the shelves. The library says it was responding to complaints about the levels of sex and nudity in the book.
Neonomicon is about FBI agents investigating ritualistic murders. It was checked out by a 14-year-old-girl (according to reports, users over the age of 13 can check out books from any section on the library) in Greene County. When she discovered the sex and nudity contained in the pages, she informed her mother who went to the library and demanded it be pulled from the shelves.
“It looked like a murder mystery comic book to me. It looked like a child’s book,” the girl’s mother Carrie Gaske told a local news outlet. “She came into my living room and asked me what a certain word meant and I said honey where did you hear that word? I said that’s a nasty word we don’t use that in the house.”
The mother was upset after seeing “graphic sexual content and pictures of nude men and women engaging in sexual activity,” comparing the contents to that found in nudie mags.
“The more into I got the more shocked I was, I really had no idea this type of material was allowed at a public library,” Gaske said. “I feel that has the same content of Hustler or Playboy or things like that. Maybe even worse.”
Gaske is pushing for the library to adopt a rating system for books, similar to those used in the videogame and film industries, while library officials fired back that its up to parents to screen what their children are reading.