METALLICA's KIRK HAMMETT 'Definitely' Plans To Release Another Book

February 6, 2014

METALLICA guitarist Kirk Hammett has told that he is working on a follow-up book to "Too Much Horror Business - The Kirk Hammett Collection", which came out in 2012.

"Oh, yeah, there's definitely plans for another book," Hammett said. "It's going to be slightly different from 'Too Much Horror Business'. It's going to be more based upon the pop culture of the '60s and '70s, with a lot of hot rod culture and surf culture as well as monster and horror culture. There'll be a lot of TV stuff, too. But all within collecting. Toy collecting, artwork, posters, and whatnot."

He added: "I said to myself that I have to give the next METALLICA album priority. I'm going to wait until we're two-thirds through the next METALLICA album before I start work on the book. And so, maybe the book will come out in the end of 2015, beginning of 2016, if the planet has blown up by then. [laughs]

"But yes, I'm definitely planning on doing another book and I haven't started it yet and I won't start it until the end of this year. So, that's that."

"Too Much Horror Business - The Kirk Hammett Collection" was an oversized 228-page hardback book documenting Kirk's love of all things related to the horror genre and featured more than 300 photos of items from the collection of horror memorabilia he has accumulated over the years. The book also included three lengthy interviews with Hammett, who also wrote the captions for many of the photos.

Hammett told the San Francisco Chronicle, "I've been into [horror] stuff since I was five years old . . . My love for this stuff is insane and totally obsessive-compulsive. It's just one of those things. I'm still waiting to outgrow it or get tired of it or get bored with it. But it does not seem to happen."

Hammett, who has been collecting items and watching horror movies since he was a child, told Loudwire why he thinks the genre is so popular. He explained, "They're just fun. They're a fun experience. It's not unlike a roller coaster ride, you know? A good horror movie should have peaks and valleys, a good horror movie should move you emotionally, a good horror movie should be exciting to watch and energizing in a weird kind of way . . . horror movies deliver that."

Hammett added, "I've always been attracted to the darker things in life. I was never one to go for light, airy stuff, even as a child. My whole aesthetic has always been one of the darker side. That rings true also in my tastes in music."

Hammett has hosted Kirk's Crypt, a haunted house stocked with posters, film props, vintage comics and custom guitars, at the first two installments of the Orion Music + More festival, a music and lifestyle festival created by METALLICA and their friends at C3 Presents.

Hammett will host his own horror convention, "Kirk Von Hammett's Fear FestEvil", this coming weekend in San Francisco, California.

The three-day event (February 6-8) will feature vending, live music, "Kirk's Crypt" private tours, panels, signings and special guest appearances.

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