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Editado: Maio 16, 2007, 10:43am

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Tue May 15, 2007 3:52AM EDT

BEIJING (Reuters Life) - China's capital is seizing ghost and horror books from shops to protect the "physical and mental health" of its youngsters, local media said on Tuesday.

Authorities have been scouring bookstores, newsstands and shops near schools, known for their orthodox and conformist teaching but where youth subcultures have flourished with an increasingly diverse society, the Beijing News said.

"The illegal publications are quite popular among students and are apt to harm the physical and mental health of young people," the newspaper quoted a government circular as saying.

Collections of scary tales have found a frantic readership in China in recent years, especially among students and white-collar workers who find them a ready outlet from stressful lives.

The tales are usually printed by small illegal publishers or circulated on the Internet, often borrowing from a rich pool of classic Chinese ghost stories, giving them up-to-date settings such as elevators or night buses.

Among the blacklisted stories are adaptations of "Death Note", a Japanese manga comic series about a high school student who has a supernatural notebook that kills anyone whose name is written in it, the Beijing News said.

Maio 16, 2007, 6:10pm

It's sad that there are publishers that have been classified as "illegal" over there...

Maio 5, 2008, 4:53pm

Everyone I know reads horror stories, including me, and were all okay(except for one who was mental before that anyway so she dont count). BeJing needs to wake up.

Maio 5, 2008, 9:36pm

I heard a similar story about horror movies from Hong Kong (known as Category IIIs) on the latest edition of Rue Morgue Radio. Never have a wanted an all-region DVD player so desperately before...

Jun 12, 2008, 4:18am

I have an all-region JWin DVD player and it's a godsend. HK horror movies are some of both the greatest and cheesiest films I've ever seen.

Jun 12, 2008, 8:02am

I watched Ebola Syndrome last week. It was much more goofy than scary. In fact, it wasn't scary at all!

Ago 7, 2008, 10:14am

>1 SimPenguin:, 2

Same sort of thing happened to comic books in the U.S. in the 1950s, although it was de facto rather than de jure.

Ago 15, 2008, 1:04am

Just another example of the insanity that is the Chinese politburo. Not exactly the worst thing they've done, but still not acceptable.

Ago 15, 2008, 1:32am

#5 - Viva the Mr. Vampire series, among others. I love them too.

Don't fret, once people get tired with Harry Potter we'll probably be burning them in the States. It's just that the zealots aren't good with multi-tasking.

If any of you are interested, Strange Stories from a Make-Do Studio by Pu Songling is wonderful and very much for adults. There are many translations (with variations on the title like Strange Stories from a Chinese Studio or Chinese Ghost Stories For Adults) and a recent Penguin edition.