I used to work at a restaurant in the late 90’s, early 2000’s, called Soul Kitchen. Every now and again my fellow bartender, Sean, a former rock roadie and huge toy collector, would meet up with Rob Zombie for an afternoon of toy scavenging. Imagine my surprise when this lanky, dreaded out metal musician saddles up to my bar on a Sunday morning. Anyway, Sean’s collection was super sweet and covered most of the walls in his apartment, I could only imagine what Rob Zombie’s house looked like. Now, after seeing the following video that Kirk Hammett did with Wired, touring around his room full of horror collectible delights, I have a pretty good idea of the expanse of it all. Hammett self-describes himself as a ‘horror nerd’ and that is putting it lightly. His collection is out of this world and I’m really looking forward to diving into his new book, Too Much Horror Business.
In an interview with the San Francisco Chronicle, the guitarist reckons that his horror collection is now the second best in the world and, until now, nobody outside his family and closest friends had seen it. “I’ve been into this stuff since I was 5 years old,” he says, glancing around the room. “You could say I started as a collector back then. But at one point, when I was 14, I discovered music, and for a long time it took over my life…My love for this stuff is insane and totally obsessive-compulsive,” Hammett says. “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 wanted a real personalized approach to his new book, Too Much Horror Business, and not just a coffee table place-mat. He interjects his humor and passion into his collection alongside the wonderful toys and movie memorabilia decorating his walls and the pages of the book. Too Much Horror Business is available now through Abrams Books, it includes over 300 images alongside a lengthy interview with Steffan Chirazi.
With his love of the genre, Kirk has started his own toy company, KVH Toys, with the first release being a persona of his, Kirk Von Hammett. The products will be released by TinMan Merchandising. Here is Kirk talking about his book and toy endeavors at Fuse.
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