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Not only is Kirk Hammett the lead guitarist for Metallica, one of the most successful heavy metal bands of all time, but he’s also the curator of one of the world’s finest collections of monster-movie memorabilia, a collection few people have ever seen. In Too Much Horror Business, Kirk finally unveils his near-mythical treasure trove of rare posters, props, costumes, and Not only is Kirk Hammett the lead guitarist for Metallica, one of the most successful heavy metal bands of all time, but he’s also the curator of one of the world’s finest collections of monster-movie memorabilia, a collection few people have ever seen. In Too Much Horror Business, Kirk finally unveils his near-mythical treasure trove of rare posters, props, costumes, and toys from the early silent classics to more modern fare. From Bela Lugosi’s annotated Dracula script to the creepy Donnie Darko bunny suit to cool model kits from the 1960s, Hammett has amassed hundreds of items over the years, including priceless international collectibles as well as the quirkier toys of his youth. Alongside scores of full-color, original photographs in this highly designed volume, Kirk offers up thoughts about his appreciation for all things scary and fantastic, shedding light on not only the collection of a lifetime, but the man himself. Praise for Too Much Horror Business: “Like a classic record, there are numerous layers to Too Much Horror Business: The Kirk Hammett Collection, and that’s what makes it so utterly rewarding. Plus, it’s damn beautiful to look at. Ultimately, this is one of the best books of the year and a true game-changer. Whether you’re a Metallica fan, a horror fan, or just a reader in general, you need it.” —ArtistDirect.com


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Not only is Kirk Hammett the lead guitarist for Metallica, one of the most successful heavy metal bands of all time, but he’s also the curator of one of the world’s finest collections of monster-movie memorabilia, a collection few people have ever seen. In Too Much Horror Business, Kirk finally unveils his near-mythical treasure trove of rare posters, props, costumes, and Not only is Kirk Hammett the lead guitarist for Metallica, one of the most successful heavy metal bands of all time, but he’s also the curator of one of the world’s finest collections of monster-movie memorabilia, a collection few people have ever seen. In Too Much Horror Business, Kirk finally unveils his near-mythical treasure trove of rare posters, props, costumes, and toys from the early silent classics to more modern fare. From Bela Lugosi’s annotated Dracula script to the creepy Donnie Darko bunny suit to cool model kits from the 1960s, Hammett has amassed hundreds of items over the years, including priceless international collectibles as well as the quirkier toys of his youth. Alongside scores of full-color, original photographs in this highly designed volume, Kirk offers up thoughts about his appreciation for all things scary and fantastic, shedding light on not only the collection of a lifetime, but the man himself. Praise for Too Much Horror Business: “Like a classic record, there are numerous layers to Too Much Horror Business: The Kirk Hammett Collection, and that’s what makes it so utterly rewarding. Plus, it’s damn beautiful to look at. Ultimately, this is one of the best books of the year and a true game-changer. Whether you’re a Metallica fan, a horror fan, or just a reader in general, you need it.” —ArtistDirect.com

30 review for Too Much Horror Business

  1. 4 out of 5

    Bryce Wilson

    Remember when you'd go over to a friend's house for the first time and they'd show you their stuff. This is like the best version of that, except that friend is Kirk Hammett. Remember when you'd go over to a friend's house for the first time and they'd show you their stuff. This is like the best version of that, except that friend is Kirk Hammett.

  2. 4 out of 5

    Charles Dee Mitchell

    I love the title of this book. It sounds like something my grandmother would have said around the time I was ten years old and she had noticed my copies of Famous Monsters of Filmland, or the Aurora model kits for Frankenstein's Monster and Dracula, or heard me whining that my parents wouldn't let me go see I Was a Teenage Frankenstein. (My parent's had inconsistent rules.) My grandmother would have looked around and said, "When is Dee going to get over all this horror business." And the answer I love the title of this book. It sounds like something my grandmother would have said around the time I was ten years old and she had noticed my copies of Famous Monsters of Filmland, or the Aurora model kits for Frankenstein's Monster and Dracula, or heard me whining that my parents wouldn't let me go see I Was a Teenage Frankenstein. (My parent's had inconsistent rules.) My grandmother would have looked around and said, "When is Dee going to get over all this horror business." And the answer to that, of course, is never. It takes hold around the age of seven or eight and doesn't let go. This horror fascination is possibly the only thing I have in common with Kirk Hammett, who is ten years my junior but still got hooked around the same biological age. Hammett went on to be the lead guitarist for Metallica, and he has chosen to use some fraction of his disposable income on collecting horror memorabilia in a big way. Too Much Horror Business catalogues his collection of movie posters, toys, movie props, and art. A part of me has to work pretty hard to keep the quotation marks off the word art in the preceding sentence, but he was in a position to buy the original Basil Gogos paintings that became the most famous covers of Famous Monsters of Filmland. Those are cool things to have. He also has a portrait of Bela Lugozi painted in Geza Kende. A little internet research shows that Hammett paid just over $86,000 for the portrait. (Assuming he bought it in auction in 2004.) Kende was a totally forgettable artist, but that price seems about right for something with this kind of special interest. In his introduction, Hammett states that he did not want the book to be at all academic, and to insure that he decided to compose the text from his own responses to interview questions. He does an excellent job, coming off as a knowledgeable fanboy with a genuine appreciation of material ranging from 1920's movie posters inspired by German Expressionism to a wallet picturing the Phantom of the Opera in its original packaging!. The toys and masks are the most interesting part of the collection. There are pages and pages of movie posters, but the abundance mostly marks the decline of poster design from the silent era to the present day. Perhaps in eighty years, the poster for Hellraiser will be as definitive of its day as Hammett's posters of The Cabinet of Dr. Caligari seem to be of theirs, but somehow I doubt it. Back to the toys. Here the difference in Hammett's and my age really shows, because while I remained devoted to horror films, I was too old to care about Groovie Goolies or a board game based on Alien. But seeing them now is a kick. Photographs of Hammett appear throughout the book. In several he performs on the custom guitars he has had made from monster poster images. In another he poses with his young sons surrounded by skulls and models including Frankenstein's monster, Robbie the Robot, and Ray Harryhausen Cyclops from Seventh Voyage of Sinbad. Father and sons snarl and make monster hands for the camera. The corruption of youth proceeds apace.

  3. 5 out of 5

    Letie King

    I am already a fan of Metallica so with that said :) I loved this book :) plus Kirk Hammett is one of my fave all time guitar player. I do hope one day he will open a museum for his array of horror collection, I mean I can only imagine it's a big one :) I am already a fan of Metallica so with that said :) I loved this book :) plus Kirk Hammett is one of my fave all time guitar player. I do hope one day he will open a museum for his array of horror collection, I mean I can only imagine it's a big one :)

  4. 5 out of 5

    Michael

    Wow, Kurt's collection is insane. Wow, Kurt's collection is insane.

  5. 4 out of 5

    Vidura Barrios

    This is an awesome book!

  6. 5 out of 5

    Andrew

    This book is fantastic. It brought back so many memories of collecting a whole load of monster and horror memorabilia, all of which was sadly jettisoned by me as one day I decided 'I'm too old for this Kids stuff'. How wrong I was, and only relatively recently I decided to start collecting horror magazines and books again. Kirk Hammett has been on a similar journey, and the collection displayed in this book is awesome. There's some beautiful colour prints of some truly iconic movie artwork. This This book is fantastic. It brought back so many memories of collecting a whole load of monster and horror memorabilia, all of which was sadly jettisoned by me as one day I decided 'I'm too old for this Kids stuff'. How wrong I was, and only relatively recently I decided to start collecting horror magazines and books again. Kirk Hammett has been on a similar journey, and the collection displayed in this book is awesome. There's some beautiful colour prints of some truly iconic movie artwork. This was the part of the book I enjoyed most, I can see myself browsing back over these images time and time again. Kirk makes no claims to intellectualise his collection, he's just open about why he likes it and the memories it brings back for him as a kid when he first started collecting. This is probably not the last word or the most extensive, although it does include hundreds of pics, book on the subject, but it is a whole lot of fun, and very honest. The interviews with Kirk, in three parts, are also quite revealing about what drives him to collect some of this stuff. He reveals himself to be a true nerd at heart when it comes to it, and also makes the link between his love of horror and heavy metal e.g. Black Sabbath etc. I'm with him there! Great book for flicking through on your coffee table, or for your horror movie reference library.

  7. 4 out of 5

    Matthew

    I am not sure exactly what I was looking for out of this book, because truly what it amounts to is a man showing off his collection but saying "just don't touch anything". He's like that childhood friend that refuses to share. The book itself only features collectibles up until about the mid to late 1970's. Some would say that anything later probably does not have much value, but all the same, some of the best horror films are from the 80's, so I was disappointed none were featured here. But the I am not sure exactly what I was looking for out of this book, because truly what it amounts to is a man showing off his collection but saying "just don't touch anything". He's like that childhood friend that refuses to share. The book itself only features collectibles up until about the mid to late 1970's. Some would say that anything later probably does not have much value, but all the same, some of the best horror films are from the 80's, so I was disappointed none were featured here. But the book is not about my taste, it is about Hammett's; and Hammett loves him some Karloff era films. The book is heavy on posters, and the posters are absolutely stunning, nothing like movies of today. But when I say heavy, I mean HALF of the book. You could just as easily pull up pictures of the same posters online - there is nothing different about having them in print. While I was hoping for an awesome reference book - something I'd be proud to pull off my shelf to look at from time to time, this just isn't quite that. The pages are super glossy - great for pictures, but bad for fingerprints - black printed paper + greasy fingers = a ruined hardcover.

  8. 4 out of 5

    Angel

    When I was in high school, I saw a photo of Kirk Hammett in a magazine surrounded by his toy collection (huge Metallica fan). I was instantly jealous and I NEVER forgot that photo. As I got older and had more discretionary funds, I started to buy some of the horror toys and memorabilia that I wanted as a kid. When I saw this book in the bookstore, I almost died because it is so beautiful! His collection has grown since that photo in the 80's and it is worth every penny to buy his book and look a When I was in high school, I saw a photo of Kirk Hammett in a magazine surrounded by his toy collection (huge Metallica fan). I was instantly jealous and I NEVER forgot that photo. As I got older and had more discretionary funds, I started to buy some of the horror toys and memorabilia that I wanted as a kid. When I saw this book in the bookstore, I almost died because it is so beautiful! His collection has grown since that photo in the 80's and it is worth every penny to buy his book and look at the items inside and to read his words that every "monster kid" can relate to. Icing on the cake for me was that inside this book is the same photo from that old magazine...I almost cried (lame I know!)

  9. 5 out of 5

    Brice

    There's little text in this coffee-table-style book that examines the amazing collection of Metallica guitarist Kirk Hammett. Hammett's a tried-and-true monster kid with a love for all thinks dark and scary. His collection of props, toys, artwork and movie posters is sure to get any fan salivating. The book contains three different interviews with Hammett that touch on his childhood discovery of horror, his collection and his music. You'll pick this up not so much for the words but for the beautif There's little text in this coffee-table-style book that examines the amazing collection of Metallica guitarist Kirk Hammett. Hammett's a tried-and-true monster kid with a love for all thinks dark and scary. His collection of props, toys, artwork and movie posters is sure to get any fan salivating. The book contains three different interviews with Hammett that touch on his childhood discovery of horror, his collection and his music. You'll pick this up not so much for the words but for the beautiful layout of hundreds of photos documenting Hammett's collection.

  10. 4 out of 5

    Sean Begley

    I was lucky enough to meet Kirk Hammett at a book signing at Barnes and Noble in Tribeca, NYC. He did a talk, q&a, then a meet and greet. He was super friendly. I really enjoyed this book. I've always been a casual fan of horror, I've seen all the classics, but I was excited about this book b/c it will help to explore the genre more. Kirk shows off his impressive collection of horror memorabilia. He comes off as being very relatable and not pretentious at all. very cool book. I was lucky enough to meet Kirk Hammett at a book signing at Barnes and Noble in Tribeca, NYC. He did a talk, q&a, then a meet and greet. He was super friendly. I really enjoyed this book. I've always been a casual fan of horror, I've seen all the classics, but I was excited about this book b/c it will help to explore the genre more. Kirk shows off his impressive collection of horror memorabilia. He comes off as being very relatable and not pretentious at all. very cool book.

  11. 4 out of 5

    TrumanCoyote

    A fun collection. The guy comes across as a bit of an airhead here, especially in the captions (he never has anything bad to say about any of the movies, for example). On the other hand, I am grateful that he didn't take an academic approach with the stuff, as that would've been made for one unendurable read. And the collecting stories in the middle interview were pretty funny too (chasing those guys all around the globe for a year just to get their one poster...lol). A fun collection. The guy comes across as a bit of an airhead here, especially in the captions (he never has anything bad to say about any of the movies, for example). On the other hand, I am grateful that he didn't take an academic approach with the stuff, as that would've been made for one unendurable read. And the collecting stories in the middle interview were pretty funny too (chasing those guys all around the globe for a year just to get their one poster...lol).

  12. 4 out of 5

    Joel Manuel

    Kirk Hammett's book on his classic horror memorabilia collection was WAY better than I expected, organized well, with great color photos of his posters and toys. Recommended for any Monster Kid or horror movie fan. I checked it out at my local library but will now be purchasing a copy of my own (and for my 5 year old son). Kirk Hammett's book on his classic horror memorabilia collection was WAY better than I expected, organized well, with great color photos of his posters and toys. Recommended for any Monster Kid or horror movie fan. I checked it out at my local library but will now be purchasing a copy of my own (and for my 5 year old son).

  13. 4 out of 5

    Elizabeth

    Very envious of his entire collection. It's given me lots of classic Horror movie titles to look into watching in the future. I would love to see the collection first hand. Just really awed by it all. Very envious of his entire collection. It's given me lots of classic Horror movie titles to look into watching in the future. I would love to see the collection first hand. Just really awed by it all.

  14. 5 out of 5

    Alohatiki

    I went to Kirk Hammetts Fear Festevil this year and didn't really know anything about his horror collection. Many of what appears in this book was on display. I'm not a big horror fan but now I want to collect all this old horror stuff. Great book about a big star who is just a collector nerd. I went to Kirk Hammetts Fear Festevil this year and didn't really know anything about his horror collection. Many of what appears in this book was on display. I'm not a big horror fan but now I want to collect all this old horror stuff. Great book about a big star who is just a collector nerd.

  15. 5 out of 5

    Emily Pallett

    A well written book by a legend of a man who shares my love of classic gothic/horror movies. An astonishing array of photos of his collection alongside the stories behind his passion for all things dark and macabre.

  16. 5 out of 5

    ghostshadow

    Excellent pictures, funny stories throughout. I am truthfully jealous of some of the items within this book. Kirk's collection is magnificent and every horror fan should see it. Excellent pictures, funny stories throughout. I am truthfully jealous of some of the items within this book. Kirk's collection is magnificent and every horror fan should see it.

  17. 4 out of 5

    Ruby Tombstone Lives!

    Holy crap. I. NEED. THIS.

  18. 4 out of 5

    STEVEN

  19. 4 out of 5

    Tasmin

  20. 5 out of 5

    Sean Kryzaniak

  21. 4 out of 5

    Ankh

  22. 4 out of 5

    Cindy

  23. 4 out of 5

    Kerri

  24. 5 out of 5

    Julio Magana

  25. 4 out of 5

    Melissa

  26. 5 out of 5

    Miranda Harvey

  27. 4 out of 5

    Ken

  28. 5 out of 5

    Nick Busby

  29. 4 out of 5

    Ronnie Particelli

  30. 4 out of 5

    Dave Vanbeek

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