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Metallica's Kirk Hammett Explains His “Crazy” Connection to Horror Memorabilia

Image courtesy of Warner Bros. Records (via ABC News Radio)
Image courtesy of Warner Bros. Records (via ABC News Radio)

On Monday, Metallica fans will be able to get their hands on guitarist Kirk Hammett ’s 228-page coffee table book, Too Much Horror Business , which profiles his personal collection of horror movie memorabilia. Hammett says that after 35 years of collecting, he felt the time was right to release something special for other fans of horror memorabilia, like himself.

“I’m a big collector horror movie posters, toys, artwork and I’ve been collecting this stuff for a long, long time,” he tells ABC News Radio. “My collection, I think, is now so extensive that I thought it’s time for me to share it with the rest of the world. I hope that everyone enjoys the book as much as I had putting it together.”

Hammett added that his passion for the horror genre goes way beyond just enjoying the films. “For me, horror movies are very inspiring,” he explains. “I have more than just a sentimental attachment to it. I feel connected to certain movies, it’s a really strange, crazy obsessive compulsive thing.”  

In addition, Kirk notes that horror movies “use a lot of the same emotions, a lot of the same elements” as heavy metal music. “There’s a connection with darkness and heavy metal,” says Hammett. “It’s not pretty. And heavy metal’s not pretty. Horror is not pretty. They’re like two peas in the same pod.”

The guitarist will celebrate the publication of Too Much Horror Business by making appearances in several U.S. cities next month to sign copies of the book for fans. The tour will kick off in New York City on October 11, and will make stops in Los Angeles, Burbank and San Francisco. Visit the book’s Facebook page to see the full itinerary.

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