Kirk Hammett, the lead guitarist for the band Metallica, was 6 years old when an older brother got a model of Frankenstein and painted it, to Mr. Hammett’s dismay, in a rainbow of psychedelic colors.
“It was the late ’60s in San Francisco,” Mr. Hammett said. “But that’s not how Frankenstein looked. I begged my mom to buy me a model. I painted it the way I wanted.”
That artistic choice was the start of Mr. Hammett’s lifelong obsession with horror memorabilia. Decades after his first acquisition, Mr. Hammett, 50, has amassed a vast collection that includes horror movie posters, toys, dolls, games, costumes, masks, original artwork and other mementos. Last month, Abrams released “Too Much Horror Business,” a 228-page coffee-table book that highlights hundreds of those pieces. (New York Times)