Horror and metal have been bedfellows for a long time. It should come as no surprise that one of heavy metal’s most iconic guitarists has amassed a monstrous collection of memorabilia that he’s hoping to share with the world quite soon.
Metallica’s lead guitarist Kirk Hammett has spent the past few years working on a book tentatively entitled “Too Much Horror Business” in which he will share his massive collection of rare toys, posters, lobby cards and collectibles. It’s been a well-documented obsession of his to Metallica fans throughout their (Metallica’s) career, but the collection has not been seen by the public until now. The book (slated for release sometime this year) will contain photos and descriptions/commentary written by Hammett himself. Some of the rarest of his collection include a lobby card from “London After Midnight”, the lost 1927 Lon Chaney film. It is assumed to be the only one in existence. He also has purchased entire outfits worn by some of the “old guard” in various appearances (Boris Karloff, Bela Lugosi, etc.) and even had replica mannequins made to display the costumes.
While no definitive release date has been set, this book will prove to be a kick ass look into an intense collector’s private wares. If you fancy yourself a Metallica fan, you inadvertently have caught glimpses of his fandom: Universal Monster guitars, Evil Dead & Re-Animator shirts, etc. Now, we’ll get the full monty that will no doubt be a fun read for both horror and metal fans alike.