Kirk Hammett Blog: All Hail The King!
Kirk Hammett continues his blog series, this week discussing the greatness and influence of legendary author Stephen King. Kirk reveals his personal connection to King, as well as King's influence on Metallica.
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ALL HAIL THE KING!

Stephen King

01 Apr ALL HAIL THE KING!

The Greatness of Stephen King

Hey everyone,

Apologies for taking a few weeks away, I’ve been especially busy with the guitar, but I know exactly what I want to talk about, and that is the greatness of Stephen King.

Because let’s face it; Stephen King is a pillar of modern horror.

Since 1976 he has been incredibly consistent, always bringing new stories, new content, and new experiences to the genre, not to mention really really well-written stories which beg to be taken to movie form.

I am so appreciative of his enormous commitment to the genre – don’t forget, he has Richard Bachman too! – and the thing of it is that his commitment is bigger than any horror fan’s commitment, which is just amazing.

I’m not just talking about his own work, but his dedication to the genre in general! I read his great memoir Danse Macabre, and he’s a horror fan through and through. Some people make the change from fan to artist, some people make the change to fan-artist (which I believe I am) and some people simply remain fans while others remain artists. But for me, King has always proudly kept his foot in the fan category, and his work is absolutely more for a fan’s eye than a critics. That’s another cool thing about Stephen King, he doesn’t care about that stuff, he writes for fans and for himself, which as I just established are the same thing. He’s not a ‘force of nature Hollywood’ guy, like, say, Michael Crichton, he is literally one of us, doing it from such a pure place, which is one of the highest accolades I can give. He is totally invested in the pure art of horror.

My earliest memory of reading a Stephen King story was Carrie, and of course there was the movie which I think was the first ever adaptation of a King story. Then when Salem’s Lot came out on TV as a mini-series I thought it was brilliant, all the trappings of a gothic vampire tale, and those gothic elements all came through in the TV adaptation despite the fact it was not a typical gothic scenario. And then after that, I read The Skeleton Crew and The Shining.

The Shining is probably the most famous screen adaption of a King novel, and I’ve always said that the book and the movie are two different entities altogether. I don’t remember ever looking over my shoulder as much as I did when I read that story! It’s one of the best-written horror stories I’ve ever experienced, and the ending of the story is apocalyptic, yet most decidedly not the same as the ending in the movie. With all due respect to Kubrick’s masterpiece, I’d really like to see someone do a faithful film version of King’s story.

There are stories of his which were translated faithfully and really well, Misery is just great. And Dead Zone is another, it’s one of the more accurate depictions of his stories and we need Johnny Smith-Christopher Walken in the movie – to come and scope out some of today’s political candidates so as we can formally identify the bad guys. I love dark horror comedy, but this presidential campaign is going to top anything that genre could produce! No screenwriter could’ve written this, it is pure entertainment in the worst possible way. Hey! Dead Zone shows Stephen King to be remarkably prescient, right?!

One huge thing about my personal connection with Stephen King occurred when I was reading a chapter in The Stand. The chapter had a guy in prison who was waiting to ‘Ride The Lightning’ and I just thought ‘oh my God, what a cool collection of adjectives and nouns that is!’ I told James, he thought the same and the rest is Metallica history! Pick up a copy of The Stand if you’re obsessive enough and find the chapter about a guy on death row where King actually writes the words.

Over the years I’ve been aware that Stephen King is a fan of Metallica, he was a fan club member I know. In the late ‘80s we spoke about something to do with his band The Rock Bottom Remainders, and as a token of my appreciation I ended up giving him a piece of art, a Famous Monsters cover painting. That’s about as much as I know of him, although I wish we knew each other better because I think we’re two peas in a pod except he writes words and I write music.

And the reason why I think Stephen King is so important is that he is our author for these times. He’s not like Lovecraft or Poe, who reflected their eras and what was going on, he’s not even like Peter Straub and all these other writers. King writes about what is going on currently, and he writes about what we’re all experiencing. He’s constantly cross-referencing pop culture, our culture, American culture as whole and injecting a large amount of fantasy/sci-fi into that, which is something we can ALL relate to! He gets it! Stephen King finds empathy with his audience and readers more than any other horror writer, and he continues to find familiar, shared landscapes in the sense of scare-ability.

He’s so prolific that we sometimes take his genius for granted. Don’t do this. Take time to cherish the gift of his words and brilliant mind!

Before I go, let me finally get back to answering some of your thoughts and questions over the last few blogs.

Thanks for taking the time to make comments, and sorry I haven’t answered any for a while. Better late than never though! Damary Pagan and Phil Earles both responded the Oh!Scars column by saying ’no Linda Blair? No Exorcist?’ I completely respect what they’re saying, and I am on record as saying The Exorcist is one of the scariest movies of all-time and Linda Blair’s performance is excellent, exactly what it needed to be. But I’ve spent a lot of time talking about both in the past, and with the Oh!Scars I tried to get rid of my obvious choices. So, yes, I totally agree, and so I’ll give The Exorcist an Oh!Scar for being the Scariest Movie I have Personally Seen – a personal Oh!Scar!

Camila Alves wondered if I’d seen Shallow Grave by Danny Boyle, as she felt it had something in common with Fargo Noir, and I have seen it, yeah. Look, while we’re back at Fargo Noir, The Shining has elements of that whole ‘genre’ too! I’m going to make sure I see Shallow Grave again now! Mike Benedict asked if my book is still available, you bet it is, right here bro: Too Much Horror Business. And Heath Clark says I should ‘come back to Torquay for a surf’ and of course I will! Torquay is one of the most popular surf spots in Australia and I like it, so yeah, of course but what’s that got to do with horror??? Finally, Kelly Dotson asks me what sort of films I like to watch if not horror films? I like sci-fi of course, and I also watch a lot of documentaries. One film I like that might surprise people is The Scarlet Empress, starring Marlene Dietrich and made in 1934, it’s just a really amazing fucking movie about Russia at the turn of the century, and there’s gothic elements to it I really enjoy. I also like a good comedy now and again, I loved that film from the 60s The Great Race, which is more of a fantasy film to me than a racing film, I mean come on! Most of the cars would not be sensible to have in a normal race.

I’m also a sucker for that film Point Break, yeah, the one starring Keanu Reeves and Patrick Swayze (I always identified with Swayze’s character by the way!!!!) and I don’t know why. Probably when they started diving out of the plane, because the surf footage is laughable. They try to make the waves look really really big by filming at night, really up close and turning up the soundtrack so as the waves sound huge…but they really aren’t. So being a surfer has nothing to do with liking that film because the surf footage is total crap, I just love the scene where they’re jumping from planes without a parachute!

But I’m also always on the look-out for weirdo stuff, like horror-comedy that’s actually good and genre-bending stuff like Bone Tomahawk and Amigo Undead…in fact hey! I’m going to stop now because that might be what we can discuss next…genre-bending movies! Yeah!

Cheers!

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45 Comments
  • David Utsch
    Posted at 15:31h, 01 April Reply

    Hey Kirk,

    I got a question: whats the reason for putting up Lars’ Count in and Cliffs short speech in the beginning and end of the song “Leeper Messiah”?

    Greetings!

  • ramón lara
    Posted at 15:44h, 01 April Reply

    Have you seen cuban movie juan of the dead?

  • David Turner
    Posted at 15:44h, 01 April Reply

    Always wondered about the Ride The Lightning connection, glad you confirmed it! Also, it would be so killer if you collaborated with King on something, anything really! Interview each other, get him to jam at Fear FestEvil, really anything Kirk and King is incredible!

  • Craig Wilkens
    Posted at 16:03h, 01 April Reply

    Another great post! I was always interested in more obscure or unknown influences on the band. I know Cliff was also big into horror and I think it would be cool to maybe go into that a little more. We always get the same standard stuff about Cliff, but I think talking about your mutual love of horror would be really interesting. Thanks again for doing this Kirk!

  • Marc Restivo
    Posted at 16:07h, 01 April Reply

    Kirk, this post was really fun to read as usual. Would love to have known what you thought of the Pet Sematary book vs movie dynamic. The book was great and scary as hell, to me the movie was good but could have been even better. Have a great weekend Bro.

  • Dianna Mangus
    Posted at 16:22h, 01 April Reply

    Hey Kirk, great read. We are so fortunate to have Stephen King in our lifetime! I could never meet him in person, I wouldn’t be able to speak! That’s really cool about “Ride the Lightening”….a fun Metallica fact.

    Carrie was my first Stephen King movie when I was young. Christine is one of my favorite Stephen King movies. You could literally feel that car’s life! You could also feel the escalating obsession of the teen guy. I loved The Shining. I have never read the book. I’m now intrigued to do so since I now know that it has a different in the ending.

    I can totally see you relating to Patrick Swayze’s character in Point Break. Patrick’s character was very laid back, intelligent and very centered.. That was one of my favorite movies (mad crush on Keanu back in the day), I just watched it recently and it never gets old.

    You mentioned that you love horror-comedy and I’m wondering if you’ve ever seen “Boxing Helena”, it came out in the early to mid-90’s. It’s more creepy psychological though with a hint of humor, sick humor, but humor nonetheless — sorta reminiscent of Misery. It’s like with Kathy Bates’ character, you have to laugh because you’re like WTF is wrong with this person?! LOL

    Thanks again for the nice write-ups in your blog. You also have a way with words. Maybe you should write a horror story some day! With all the horror movies, books and mags you have seen, I bet you could come up with some really disturbing scary stuff! 🙂

  • Konrad Apolke
    Posted at 16:33h, 01 April Reply

    Hi Kirk
    I’m a big Metallica fan and you’re my Idol.I really want to meet you at the fearfestevil but I can’t! Because I’m 16 and I live in germany and my parents do not allow that I’ll drive to the USA. is it possible that I will see you when I’m 18? Sorry my English is not so good because I’m german.

  • Jessica Bottomley
    Posted at 16:39h, 01 April Reply

    I’m so excited to read about your affinity for Stephen King! have you read the Dark Tower series at all? If so, what are your thoughts? If not, I highly recommend it! Thank you! 🙂

  • Gabrielle Bragg
    Posted at 16:46h, 01 April Reply

    Hey Kirk!!
    Good to have you back on the blog again!!! Missed ya! I am a huge Stephen King fan myself. My number one favorite out of all of his works would have to be The Shining. When I read it for the first time I read it all in one day couldn’t put it down!!

    Very interesting backstory about ‘Ride the Lightning’. Who knew that my favorite Metallica song was inspired by The Stand!!! OK, actually I had heard that before, but glad you confirmed it. I also read somewhere that ‘Creeping Death’ was inspired by The 1956 film The Ten Commandments. Incredible film. I love Charlton Heston’s portrayal of Moses.

    Anyway, I’ve got one question for you: So you said that besides horror films you like Sci-fi and documentaries but do you care much for Tim Burton films? Some of my favorites are The Corpse Bride, Sweeny Todd, Beetle juice and his version of Dark Shadows. 🙂

  • Tom Hagen
    Posted at 17:39h, 01 April Reply

    Never Forget, Maximum Overdrive – a decent into Cocane madness.

  • Nancy
    Posted at 17:50h, 01 April Reply

    You know, before I read the novels of Stephen King, I thought I don’t like the horror genre. This genre has always been associated for me with such unpleasant things like blood… and all that. A lot of people adviced me to read ‘The Shining’. And I was really sceptical about it. But I was really surprised after reading this book! The first thought that came into my head after reading was: ‘Wow! I need more Stephen King books!’ For me this author is special, because his books aren’t empty. I mean they have sence. His books not only tickle your nerves, but also give reason to think about many important things. And sometimes scary not because of mysticism in his novels, but because of real things whict may happen in the life. Now ‘The Shining’ is one of my favourite novels. Sorry for my mistakes. Greetings from Ukraine!

  • Jake Redding
    Posted at 18:24h, 01 April Reply

    Yassss! I knew/thought there was some connection between SK and Metallica/KH! I love this stuff! I mean yeah, Metallica war stories are cool but getting deep into a rock god’s brain?! GIMME MORE!

    Thanks so much for doing these blogs Kirk!

  • Phil Earles
    Posted at 18:32h, 01 April Reply

    Stephen King is great. I grew up in Maine where Stephen lives and although obviously a very famous public figure he represents the state so well in his stories. He is a down to earth Mainer. Years ago, I saw him shopping in of all places a book store once but I was too nervous to approach him. I kick myself for not saying hello to this day. Love the blog Kirk!

  • David Wildsmith
    Posted at 19:01h, 01 April Reply

    What a great article, and an intriguing way to discover your blog. I started with The Stand. I kept the book in a backpack whilst on a bad tour, with a bad band. King’s novel was the highlight of those weeks and it’s tattered remains sit proudly on my shelf to this day.

    Do you feel King has been best represented in film/screen adaptations? I feel a lot of his work is still better on the page or, at best, looks dated.

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    Posted at 19:54h, 01 April Reply

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  • Scored to Death
    Posted at 21:22h, 01 April Reply

    Kirk, It’s a great piece and I was hoping that/wondering if you’d consider doing something similar for the foreword of upcoming interview book about horror film music. I think you would do a wonderful job writing about the subject and I”d be honored to have you do it. Let’s talk @ScoredtoDeath

  • Bram Tap
    Posted at 01:53h, 02 April Reply

    Great insight. There is obviously a possibility for creating a hiatus and space for personal interpretation between writing and when you transfer this into another medium like movies. Therefore some interpretations are able to depict the essence meant by the author, reach the ‘audience’ right away, and some don’t. Considering Stephen King as a ‘mirror’ of our Zeitgeist, it’s easy to make a analogy between novels and another art form, for example paintings. Maybe therefore movie posters and album/comic covers are so appealing to us? When reading one of Stephens novels they take the reader by the hand into his (our) world, with all the good and evil. Therefore ‘Rose Madder’ is a personal favorite because it’s a brilliant example to show the reader the fine line between acting morally right or wrong. As George Carlin would say: ‘We are barely out of the jungle’. I recently attended a lecture from Dr. Philip Zimbardo and he has a great interpretation about the different forms of evil in our time: maybe this will help to understand the psychological (evil) aspect which we are confronted with when we are watching (horror)movies? Looking in our own ‘mirror’, I would like to end with the following analogies; Stephen King = H.R. Giger = Danzig = Kirk’s Ouija Guitar. Love to see if there is a way of ‘Frankenstein’ all this together…

  • Yaniv Hoobian Schmal
    Posted at 03:50h, 02 April Reply

    Dr sleep is excellent too.

  • David
    Posted at 06:25h, 02 April Reply

    Kirk! Not sure if you’ve seen this but it’s an article that dives deep into King’s creative process. It talks about his love for Metallica, but I think the creative process as a whole would be interesting to you because there’s really something to be said about someone as prolific as King, who can still keep up a very high level of quality to his work. http://www.theatlantic.com/entertainment/archive/2011/04/stephen-king-on-the-creative-process-the-state-of-fiction-and-more/237023/

  • Justin Starr
    Posted at 06:25h, 02 April Reply

    Stephen King was in Metallica’s fanclub?

    Mind = Blown.

  • Kevin Tylkowski
    Posted at 06:28h, 02 April Reply

    Metallica and Stephen King are most definitely kindred spirits.

    In their respective fields, they’re unparalleled in terms of both creativity and consistency. Not only have they continually evolved, they’ve also challenged themselves and the status quo with each successive release—ultimately always shifting the cultural tide to their whim. Late 20th and 21st century heavy metal and rock ‘n’ roll owe an unfathomable debt to California’s four horsemen, and the scribe from Maine remains the undisputed “king” of modern literature.

  • Stephanie Reynolds
    Posted at 06:30h, 02 April Reply

    Kirk and James talked about the RTL story a few years back:

    Where did the title Ride the Lightning come from?
    Kirk Hammett: I was reading The Stand by Stephen King, and there was this one passage where this guy was on death row said he was waiting to “ride the lightning.” I remember thinking, “Wow, what a great song title.” I told James, and it ended up being a song and the album title.

  • Jason F
    Posted at 06:33h, 02 April Reply

    A Stephen King + Kirk Hammett event of some sort should happen! Two titans in both of their respective worlds coming together over their mutual respect for each other.

  • Matt Watton
    Posted at 07:32h, 02 April Reply

    I love IT. Johnny got his gun, did you like the book or movie?

  • John Clancy parker
    Posted at 08:55h, 02 April Reply

    Hey, my wife & I really enjoy Boris.Carlofs
    Early show (in the 60s) called THRILLER
    Some might be kinda corny , but early production
    Was very suggest HORROR . .!

    And yes Steven King is awsome

  • Douglas B
    Posted at 09:03h, 02 April Reply

    Hello Kirk!

    I would suggest seeing the film ‘Needful Things’ which is based on the book.

    and I’m not surprised Stephen King is a fan of Metallica!

    Have a nice day KVH!

    D.

  • Scott Cowan
    Posted at 09:34h, 02 April Reply

    Great article “Great One”. I too have read most of King’s books. He is the best in the biz. Kirk, check out “Cell”. Fantastic read. My favorite, hands down. He has a new collection of short stories out that I can’t wait to get my hands down. Any good guitar tips for us novice guitar players?

  • Margie
    Posted at 18:22h, 02 April Reply

    SALEM’S LOT was the first Stephen King book I read, probably around 1976 (I was 10 years old, I started pretty young I guess) and I have read everything since. My two favorites are IT and JOYLAND. Both books were impossible to put down.
    Loved the SALEM’S LOT mini-series, not crazy about the SHINING adaption. I have to say I loved SLEEPWALKERS just for the Tobe Hooper, Clive Barker, Joe Dante, Stephen King cameos! And it was directed by Mick Garris, I mean come on.

  • Kelly Dotson
    Posted at 05:16h, 04 April Reply

    Stephen King is by far one of the best writers. Even if horror isn’t what you want to read he always delves into the supernatural or science fiction and the suspense will hook you no matter what. Two of the best movies most people don’t even really associate with him is Shawshank Redemption and The Green Mile. Not so much in your face horror in the traditional sense but evil and supernatural elements none the less. The guards and Warden are your definite evil in Shawshank and in the Green Mile the men on The Mile are twisted. You have to remember the crimes they committed to get there. The way he describes his characters just pull you into the f***ed up world that they were born into.
    Thanks for taking the time to answer my question and opening your collection to those of us who can’t make it to your Krypt . All this because you hurt your arm decades ago. Maybe a little shout out to your sister.

  • Hrithick Chakraborty
    Posted at 10:33h, 04 April Reply

    The shinning is a great.. I loved it. But the book was good too. I think the fact that they are different from each other make them a master piece of it’s own..don’t you agree

    Btw I love metallica…Coming from Bangladesh.. your my guitar HEro..
    3:)

  • Jeremy Arter
    Posted at 11:55h, 04 April Reply

    Hey, Kirk, read your blog on Stephen King and really liked it. He’s also my favorite author, and has been since I read “Pet Sematary” in 1987. I’m also a huge Metallica-fiend, since 1989 (yes I know I’m a late bloomer, lol). I had heard the story that you named “Ride the Lightning” after that part in “The Stand”. I really liked when I heard Metallica’s cover of “53rd and Third” on the radio a few years ago. How cool was it that’s favorite band was covering a song by my favorite author’s favorite band!
    Two points, though: King’s first novel was published in 1974, not ’76. And secondly, about “The Shining: it was remade into a tv mini-series in 1997, and was much more faithful to the book. You should check it out.
    Peace, man, and great article. I can’t WAIT for Metallica’s next album!

  • Kasy Powell
    Posted at 18:31h, 04 April Reply

    First time blog reader! Just stumbled across this when looking into your bio on the Metallica website.

    Loved your blog, great informative stuff there! I love king myself and simply wish I had more time to read.

    Have you thought about writing any horror stories or movies yourself?

  • Lewis Sutton
    Posted at 03:23h, 05 April Reply

    Hey Kirk! What about Stephen King in George A Romero’s “Creepshow”? Awesome 80s anthology film with Tom Savini effects! Please let us know when you’re in Torquay id love to come down for a surf I’m there all the time! Thanks dude!

  • Nick Younker
    Posted at 20:07h, 05 April Reply

    Since you mentioned it in your blog, here is the answer to “The Shining” question.

    http://fogstowjamison.com/2016/04/05/the-shining-sequel-doctor-sleep-being-adapted-into-a-film/

  • Tracy Paseman
    Posted at 11:29h, 06 April Reply

    Wow, what a fun read about King !

    Last October The Travel Channel aired several documentary episodes
    of ” The Most Haunted Places In America”, that I recorded on DVR.

    One segment was about The Stanley Hotel in Estes Park, CO, 70 miles outside Denver.
    Built in 1909, it boasted the 1st hotel in the west with electricity, and many dignitaries stayed there.
    Staff and guests reported a lot of paranormal activity, and 100’s of different spirits , including children.

    In 1973, King was searching for inspiration for his 3rd book, friends suggested he and his wife take a car trip.
    They left Boulder, and stumbled upon the site of The Stanley Hotel, looking run down, etc, and it’s about to close for good…King asks staff if he can spend the hotel’s last night as a guest. He gets lost trying to return to his room, and the inspiration for The Shining was born.

    My fave scenes are when Jack discovers the scary naked hag in a hotel room,
    and the look on his son’s face when he sees the little girls hacked to death,
    and the elevator pouring blood.

    It takes a certain breed of people to appreciate this stuff, I for one took one look at your Kirk’s Crypt t-shirt,
    with you sitting there all decomposed, I went ” Oh my God, this is BEAUTIFUL !” and bought it. I love it.

    Sick, twisted fucks, we.

    Salem’s Lot is my fave King story and film, I love the characters and the story,
    and the vampire is perfect.

    Your comments about the surfing scenes in Point Break made me smile;
    they reveal you’re getting to be a MUCH better surfer, ha ha .
    If you haven’t seen it, check out Blue Crush….the surfing cinematography is world class,
    and incredibly breathtaking.

    Thanks again for this cool-ass blog, where all we silly freaks can hang about horror together !

    Peace, Brah

  • Bob O'Rourke
    Posted at 14:18h, 06 April Reply

    Right on Kirk! Another fine piece bro! Stephen King was engraved on me at a very early age, as probably the first Horror film I saw was Creepshow! Nathan Grantham coming out of the grave and Fluffy popping out of his crate scared the hell out of me back then….I can remember cowering on the couch, behind my dad’s back, with my eyes closely tighter than ever and my ears plugged! hahah. Also, the original poster hung in my older cousin’s bedroom and that, too, scared the crap out of me! Even though I didn’t know it at the time, but Creepshow also started my interest in George A. Romero and Tom Savini!

    Outside of that one though, I’d say my all-time favorite King movie and book is Pet Sematary. That whole thing just carries with it a sense of overwhelming dread…like a pit in my chest, right next to my heart. Maybe it’s because I had a few cats (and lost a few) as a kid and the whole Church angle strikes a chord with me….I’d give almost anything to have some of my beloved cats back from the grave…but…sometimes dead is better. The whole theme of death and that it may not be final throughout that story scares the hell out of me! Hell, the Zelda scenes in the film STILL creep me out. it’s also probably one of the last, at least in my opinion, truly scary movies I can remember.

  • Vayolet
    Posted at 23:40h, 07 April Reply

    Hi Kirk, I am glad to read you’re a fan of the Master of Emotions(yes, often he uses horror and similia to make us feel things much stronger, but he’s excellent on writing every genre). I see that other persons dare to ask you their curiosity so….I try myself too.
    I’d like to know your favorite novels or short tales by Stephen King and if you have ever seen italian b-movies of 70s and part of 60s….When I was a child I was constantly watching those movies(some of them, with time, begun cult or masterpieces for the experts), or home alone or with my grandma who found them too stupid to be scary and she considered them ”funny”…. I’ve got the impression you’ve seen everything possible about horror…but just in case the answers would be ”no”, I have a lot of titles for you. 🙂 Lots of hugs and thanks for this wonderous blog!!!!!!!!!!!!!! ^_^ *-*

  • Tracy Paseman
    Posted at 08:06h, 08 April Reply

    Quick question re: Your beautiful leather jackets…

    Years go I read on your custom guitar strap website your friend Era Balestrieri’s bio,
    the older bio version stated that Lani has expert knowledge of tailoring and sewing,
    and she and Era spent a lot of time at your North bay ranch making leather products.

    Because some of your jackets have horror themes like giant spiders on the cuffs and pentagrams,
    I wondered if your leather jackets were custom- made by either Lani and/ or Era.

    Another fan recently posed this question to me, especially about the pentagram jacket…
    is it store-bought or custom made ?
    My favorite is the jacket with the Hawaiian motif of a palm tree and a volcano !

    Thank You in advance !

  • Kurt B.
    Posted at 02:12h, 10 April Reply

    I never knew the connotation of King and Ride the Lightning, and it makes the scariest Metallica album even scarier! What was your inspiration for the title track solo? In my opinion the solo in RTL is your best and one of the most beautiful things I’ve ever heard. It really takes my breath every time I hear it.

  • Marita Joesoef
    Posted at 09:07h, 16 April Reply

    Hello Mr. Hammett,
    I have a few questions I would like to ask you hehe. First off, have you watched Del Toro’s new movie, Crimson Peak (Starring Tom Hiddleston, Mia Wasikowska, and Jessica Chastain) and what do you think of Del Toro, Neil Gaiman, and Tim Burton’s work in general?

    Second, do you have a list of MUST SEE horror movies before one dies?

    Third, are your kids scared of your horror collections? or do they like it? btw, if you want to introduce your kids to horror movies, i suggest Disney’s Hunchback of Notre Dame. The songs, the animation style, the coloring, and the overall architecture of the movie is gothic and dark and very beautiful.

    Marita ^_^

  • barry millar
    Posted at 14:40h, 26 April Reply

    hello kirk read your blog on stephen king really enjoyed it i do remember reading the story of how ride the lightning came from the stand just wanted to ask have you ever seen creepshow 2? there is a story in it called the hitchhiker stephen king makes an apperance in it as a truck driver big fan of yours from belfast n.ireland

  • Dan Spratt
    Posted at 06:08h, 30 April Reply

    Awesome post Kirk. Cheers.

  • Julia
    Posted at 20:22h, 26 May Reply

    Hiya, Kirk!

    No need to apologize as there are times when we all need to take a step back and tend to other matters in our lives. I totally understand! This post really grabbed my attention as I am very much a Stephen King fan as well. I especially enjoyed reading about how The Stand personally resonated with you and how that manifested into Ride The Lightning. You really hit the nail on the head in regard to King’s style. Living in Maine my entire life (where naturally, lots of supernatural things happen), I grew up devouring his books! For me, it all started with Pet Sematary back in middle school. Few people have the ability to write gripping stories that are devoted to the genre and are able to transcend into film – King is one of them, without question. He has a way of tapping into modern fears in a way that many of us can relate to. Most of all, he is truly the real deal, proudly keeping his “foot in the fan category,” as you mentioned, combined with his empathetic and engaging nature. From all accounts, I have heard that he’s incredibly down-to-earth, much like yourself. Speaking of, I can see why you relate to Bodhi from Point Break so much! Cheers to you and I hope all has been well!

  • Ray S
    Posted at 07:31h, 29 June Reply

    The TALISMAN was a great read….
    Involves:
    A child main character “JACK”
    A WEREWOLF great sidekick/protector
    A parallel universe

  • Christopher Thibodeau
    Posted at 00:28h, 27 September Reply

    Good Eve Kirk~
    Stephen KING~! Love all of his work- Always Have. I at the time was a Bartender here on the Outer Banks North Carolina. i guess it was some time between 97-99 Any how- I ran a Huge Bar on the ocean front Called “The Carolinian”. This place was old big and sweet- it would draw the normal huge crowds in the summer but in the winter it was hit or miss as it depended on entertainment music wise. well i Guess it could have been October and i opened the bar down stairs just in case. Well we only had say 3 rooms rented in this huge old Motel/building. I was just reading and cleaning away when i had a customer come in and sit- Quietly- Corona- So I gave him his Corona and he sat at the Dungeon Bar that is Kind of dark that backed up to the Oceanfront. I felt i knew the Guy and – well he just sat there watching tv screen every once and a while and scratching notes i believe. Well on the second Corona and Shot- I figured out Clearly he was my all time favorite Stephen King. I didnt recognize him as he seemed shorter than i imagined and he was limping and think he had a bandage or even a cut. Not sure but seemed like one of our locals but i know everyone’s face. I never bothered him even once- I understood he was there to get away and maybe write in the most peaceful time here on the beach.The Old Carolinian was Haunted and had several Savage murders and incidents over it’s life from the old days. Just never told anyone till now. if you know him maybe ask =).I grew up in similar situation- I surf and have for ages But when Point Break came out they just really put something into it that pulled you in no matter. Getting pumped before going out into the night surf myself- Old days of Bonfire parties at the beach on great nights- seemed as though life was a party in our groups n lifestyle. anthony kiedis, patrick swayze, Gary Busy, keanu reeves Well everyone.- They were all Perfectly placed and scripted indeed- I understand- movie seemed like a part of my life in the early 90’s. . Different days man. I would sometimes think that i shouldn’t like it as a Surfer BUT it brought some real areas to life that were part of our lives- this was never meant to be a real Surf film But Adrenalin junkies of our days.

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