Vile Horror colouring book withdrawn from Tesco website

2 July 2013 Last updated at 13:19 Share this pageEmailPrint

Tesco withdraws horror colouring book

The 16-page colouring book features images from a number of horror films and thrillers
Tesco has withdrawn from sale on its website a colouring book that depicts gory scenes from horror films.

The book features images from Psycho and Hellraiser, among other films, and was being marketed online at children aged five to eight.

Tesco said the book had been placed in the wrong category when listed on its website by a third-party seller.

Publisher I Love Mel said the product, which is aimed at adults, was offered for sale by a distributor.

The 16-page colouring book called Colour Me Good Arrggghhhh!! features on its cover an image of actress Janet Leigh screaming as she is stabbed to death in Psycho’s infamous shower scene.

There are pictures inside from The Silence of the Lambs, A Nightmare on Elm Street, Jaws, A Clockwork Orange, The Shining and Fatal Attraction.

Other colouring books by East Sussex-based author Mel Elliott feature the supermodels Kate Moss and Cara Delevingne and album covers.

Ms Elliott said: “My products are pop culture-inspired and aimed at playful grown-ups. They are not aimed at kids.

A scene from Fatal Attraction is on the back cover

“They are usually sold to grown-ups in fashion shops and book stores.”

The Royal College of Art graduate said she was unaware that the distributor had placed the items on sale through Tesco’s website.

The site allows third-party sales through its Sellers at Tesco online marketplace.

A spokesman for Tesco said: “We have very clear guidelines for third-party sellers who list items on our website, and are sorry that on this occasion they weren’t followed.

“We have spoken to the seller to remind them of the importance of selecting the right category when listing products with us.

“Of course, when issues do arise we act quickly to ensure that the item is updated with the correct information.”

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