Police Remove ‘American Psycho’ from Australian Bookstore Shelves

Christian Bale from the film adaptation of 'American Psycho'

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Bret Easton Ellis’s controversial novel, American Psycho, has fallen victim to a police raid after an Australian bookshop was asked to remove copies that were shelved without the required plastic wrapping, reports The Guardian.

The incident began when the Adelaide bookstore’s owner, Jason Lake, received the latest edition—complete with a flattering introduction by Irvine Welsh—from the publisher without the necessary wrapper. After the books were shelved, a phone call from a patron came into Lake complaining about the error, after which the police followed up to ensure the book’s removal.

Australia currently has laws against unwrapped copies of the book: American Psycho falls under a “restricted classification,” which means it can only be sold “in a sealed wrapper and to adults”—a designation that thrilled Bret Easton Ellis when he initially found out. “I told my publisher I want all my books restricted and put in little bags. It’s like a little sandwich!” the author has stated.

Pan Macmillan, the publisher of American Psycho, admits that some of the copies were released without the shrink-wrapping due to a production error. “When the publisher was made aware of the error, the problem was immediately rectified and copies of the title already purchased without shrink-wrapping are returnable,” said a spokesperson.

Do you think American Psycho deserves the shrink-wrapped treatment?

Raine Winters

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Raine lives in Cleveland, Ohio and works as a freelance writer and graphic artist. From an early age she has harbored a love of reading and writing, and is lucky enough to incorporate both into her daily work routine. Raine is a lover of all things fantasy and horror related, has a soft spot in her heart for middle grade and young adult fiction, and spends most of her free time running, wakesurfing, or wrangling in her husband and three cats while they perpetrate a massive amount of mischief around the house.

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Thuggish from Vegas is reading Day of the Jackal July 21, 2015 - 9:14pm

And topping the list of dumb and useless government regulations as well as wastes of police time...

At least it wasn't here for once?

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Chacron from England, South Coast is reading Fool's Assassin by Robin Hobb July 22, 2015 - 9:17am

I agree with the author himself that this could actually increase the book's appeal. What's sad about this is that someone actually complained about it. It's almost as if they were prowling the shelves waiting for their moment. The bookshop police. How sad would you actually have to be? Yeah it's the law, but big fucking deal. Find something better to snoop for and report!

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Joshua Chaplinsky from New York is reading a lot more during the quarantine July 27, 2015 - 6:12am


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