Metallica's Kirk Hammett pens horror book

Metallica's Kirk Hammett, left, and James Hetfield perform

Metallica's Kirk Hammett, left, and James Hetfield perform at the "Rock am Ring" (Rock at the Ring) music festival at Germany's Nuerburgring. (June 2, 2012) (Credit: AP)

Horror aficionados take note: Metallica's Kirk Hammett will publish his first book, "Too Much Horror Business -- The Kirk Hammett Collection," later this year.

"This is my gift to all the other horror nerds out there who are just like me," Hammett said in a statement. "It's been made with great love for all the many characters and movies which guided me through childhood, into adulthood and which still keep me on track today."

That's good to know, sir.

The 224-page hardcover (Abrams, $29.99), coming out Oct. 1, documents his love of all things horror and the memorabilia the guitarist has collected over the years. The book includes 300 full-color photos of Hammett's collection.

If you're headed to Metallica's Orion Music + More fest in Atlantic City this weekend, Hammett will be hosting Kirk's Crypt, where you can pay your respects to his collection of movie props, comics, monster toys and the like.

As Col. Kurtz might say, "The horror . . . the horror."

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