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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 224 pages
  • Publisher: Harry N. Abrams (September 25, 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0810996596
  • ISBN-13: 978-0810996595
  • Product Dimensions: 12 x 9.2 x 0.9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 3 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (44 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #281,043 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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About the Author

For more than 25 years, Kirk Hammett has been the lead guitarist for Metallica. With the band, he has sold 100 million albums worldwide, won nine Grammys, and been inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame. He lives in San Francisco.


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You will look at this book again and again.
David Stevens
Kirk spent a lot of time putting this book together and it shows his passion for collecting and a the torch he carries for all this horror business!!
MonsterGal
This is a gorgeous book with super-cool toys, masks, vintage props, and beautiful movie poster art.
Tracy Paseman

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14 of 15 people found the following review helpful By Bobby B on September 30, 2012
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If you are a monster kid, a fan of old monster movies, or especially a collector of monster posters, toys, props, etc... this book is simply essential. Beautifully photographed and presented, this is an amazing collection that is extremely broad and deep, filled with classic movie posters and props from the early days of horror cinema through the 70's. Toys from the classic "monster kid" era of the 60's and 70's feature items ranging from the extremly rare and normally never seen to the common but classic. If you collect vintage monster toys, you probably have at least a few of the things Kirk has also collected and shows in his book. I had to order a second "file" copy because the first is going to be in tatters from reading it over and over.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By ahoffoss on November 26, 2013
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I'm a HUGE Kirk Hammett fan! I preordered this book and couldn't wait to get it. It's got a LOT of stuff in it, but the stuff it doesn't have is the stuff I was wanting most. I really was hoping that he'd tell the story of how/where he acquired most of the stuff, but really he just talks about the piece itself. Might be exactly what you're hoping, but for me, I was wanting more of the backstory.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Tracy Paseman on January 26, 2013
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Kirk Hammett is one of my favorite musicians, and I'm also his same age. Like him, I grew up with Creature Features on tv, and seeing some pretty intense horror films at a young age, 'cause my Dad loves horror, too.
I love horror SO much, I've performed as a zombie in flash mobs and Michael Jackson Thriller tributes.

This is a gorgeous book with super-cool toys, masks, vintage props, and beautiful movie poster art.
Kirk wrote all the captions himself, revealing the gleeful little boy side of him,
and his passion for these items is contagious.

What surprised me the most about the book, is that it's also an in-depth look into Kirk's inner psyche,
and if you're a hard-core fan of Kirk, and of Metallica's music, like me, you learn just how much inspiration his collection gives him as a musician, and it's really fascinating.

There's even more in his collection, that didn't make it into this book.

I also like his decision to have the book only available in hard copy...
Kirk wants the reader to have a tangible, physical experience with this lovely book.

I showed the book to my Dad one day, and my Dad poured over every single page, he really enjoyed it, too.
He's a semi-retired newspaper editor, and was really impressed with the quality of the book.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Doug Murray on December 25, 2012
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This book surprised me in two ways--first, I never expected a slick, full-color book from ABRAMS to be so affordable! Second, I had no idea that Mr. Hammett had a collection of such scope. The toys and models are great but his selection of original artwork is amazing!
A great book--and a great addition to any Horror collector's library!
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Stewart Jackson on December 24, 2012
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I really enjoy books that give you a look into the personal collections of those gracious enough to share them with others. Like Kirk, I love the classic horror films and am sincerely thrilled with this book. I know those who also share this passion will embrace this book for it's sheer fun factor.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Quiet Summer on December 2, 2012
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The first thing I noticed when I received my copy was just how nice it was, it has a very "classic" feel to the cover and it represented with alot of thought to detail and presentation. It has a nice thick binding and was quite sturdy which is appreciated when you have an image heavy book with heavy slick pages. I hate when the binding is poor and your book basically breaks open and tends to flop as your pacing through the pages. I have not had any issues with the pages sticking as one of the other reviewers had, and I have read through the entire book so not every printing has that issue I am happy to report.

Kirk's collection is broken up into genre (toys, posters, art etc.) and by the decade. They are represented quite well, great photos and each has a comment from Kirk himself about either how he came across the piece, its rarity or personal thoughts. There were alot of pieces that I had never seen before and as a horror fan myself, that was a real treat. It also introduced me to some classic films I have somehow missed along the way and alot of toys that I've never seen.

The interview with Kirk was a great edition, he talks about how he became an avid lover and collector of all things horror, why he is drawn to a particular decade or monster and his favorites, he also ties it into his music as well; you get to see all the guitars he had designed based on his favorite monster films.

This is a very nice book, you do not have to be a fan of Kirk's or Metallica's to enjoy this at all, as a matter of fact, this is about the other love in Kirk's life: Horror Business. So I would recommend this to a horror fan, a book lover, a collector of classic films and tv monsters. I was quite impressed with it overall.
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Kirk Hammett. Bassist for one of the greatest rock bands in the history of, well, ever. Horror geek?! Well, believe it or not, he is and he's amassed quite a collection to show for it. Just look through as you see his horror-related posters (i.e. A Nightmare on Elm Street, Dracula, Frankenstein, Friday the 13th, Halloween, and The Wolf Man), toys (You have to read the blurb about the Alien-related board game, "doll", and puzzle for yourselves.) and paintings and read how he collected them and how he got into collecting. A must read for all horror buffs indeed.
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