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Upstate library removes book from its shelves

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Neonomicon is a graphic novel about undercover FBI agents sent to investigate ritual murders. (Jan. 2, 2013/FOX Carolina) Neonomicon is a graphic novel about undercover FBI agents sent to investigate ritual murders. (Jan. 2, 2013/FOX Carolina)
GREENVILLE, SC (FOX Carolina) -

A graphic novel by a well-known comic book author is the latest to be removed from the shelves of the Greenville County Library System.

Removing a book from circulation for being inappropriate has only happened five times in the last 12 years.

The newest removal request started with a request for reconsideration last summer. A parent of a 14-year-old girl didn't appreciate the violence, nudity and drug themes that ran through the book, Neonomicon. It's story is about undercover FBI agents sent to investigate ritual murders.

The library system's executive director Beverly James said Neonomicon was bought sight unseen, along with other graphic novels. It was written by a reputable author, Alan Moore, and had won awards.

After the complaint, staff reviewed the book and its appropriateness on Greenville County shelves.

"They did their independent research and then they gave me their recommendation, but they acknowledged when they gave me the recommendation that it was a controversial situation and fully recognized that I may have to make a choice," said James.

James said it's very unusual to remove a book, but she said that Greenville County libraries could borrow this one, or any other book, from any other library in the country if requested by a patron.

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