List: Kirk Hammett of Metallica Shares Three Favorite Books
Wed, 26 Sep 2012 15:56:14
Few people in history know the guitar and horror as well as iconic Metallica guitarist Kirk Hammett does.
In his brand new book, Too Much Horror Business - The Kirk Hammett Collection [Out October 1st, 2012], Hammett reveals his life story through his massive collection of horror artifacts. It's powerful page-turner that allows viewers deep into the guitarist's world, effusively exposing his passion, which proves utterly infectious. The book's just as invigorating as any of his classic riffs are, and it's a must-have for horror fans, book fans, and, of course, Metallica fans.
However, ARTISTdirect.com editor in chief Rick Florino was curious about Mr. Hammett's personal favorite books. In this exclusive interview, Metallica six-string legend Kirk Hammett reveals three of his favorite tomes of all time. Read on, literally!
In the meantime get Too Much Horror Business - The Kirk Hammett Collection on Kirk's site at tinmanmerchandising.com now!
Stephen King — The Shining
"I love The Shining. I think it's one of the great modern horror masterpieces. Stephen King takes a lot of common horror themes and runs with them. He turns them into something more personal though. Because he has a way of making everything more personal, he draws you in and touches your own base emotions. A lot of the stuff he writes about is very common fanfare, but he makes it so tangible. All of a sudden, you can't wait to turn the next page and see what happens." [Amazon, iTunes Books]
Peter Straub — Ghost Story
"There's also this book written by Peter Straub called Ghost Story. I think it's just fantastic. They made a movie of it in the early '80s, but it didn't hit the same mark the book did. There are scenes in the book that are just epic. Back then, you couldn't film them because they didn't have the technology. They'd probably do a fantastic job at it now. Maybe I should do it? [Laughs]" [Amazon]
H.P. Lovecraft — The Complete Works
Then, I love just about everything that ever came out of H.P. Lovecraft's pen. I'm a fan until the end. His style is a bit antiquated. He uses a lot of adjectives and pronouns, and that's the way people wrote back then. The content is so killer, great, and still cutting edge. [Amazon, iTunes Books]
What's your favorite book?
Read the first of our interview here!