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bleak house

FROM: New York Times


Cue the creepy music; ignore the blazing sunshine. Ring the bell to an unassuming suburban home, hedges neatly trimmed. Spot, out of the corner of your eye, a small sign hidden in the ivy. “Bleak House,” it says.

The door swings open and there, surrounded by blood-red walls, is a hellhound with four hooded eyes and gaping fangs. The head of Frankenstein’s monster floats, disembodied and huge, a story above it. Peering at you from the living room, his fingers paging through a book, is the early-20th-century horror novelist H.­P. Lovecraft. On a Victorian sofa, a demented doll stares down a bronze gargantua, Uncle Creepy and Cousin Eerie.

Welcome to Guillermo del Toro’s imagination.


Guillermo del Toro Bleak House

Kirk Hammet of Metallica

FROM: Rolling Stone

Until recently, almost every room in Kirk Hammett’s home was decorated with ghouls and creatures from the golden age of horror. During the past three decades, the Metallica guitarist has been collecting hundreds of billboards, placards and lobby cards depicting Dracula, Frankenstein’s monster and the Mummy, among countless others, and he always made a habit of displaying them all. “Every room that I had the posters in, I would always make sure I had a guitar and amp in that room for if they inspired me to play,” he says.

Now he’s cleared more than 100 pieces from his walls for display in Salem, Massachusetts’ Peabody Essex Museum for the first-ever museum exhibition of his acquisitions. The show, “It’s Alive! Classic Horror and Sci-Fi Art from the Kirk Hammett Collection,” will be on view from August 12th through November 26th. A folio book – which follows up Hammett’s 2012 tome about his obsession, Too Much Horror Business – that features 90 images of many of the posters on display is also available, but many more items will be on display at the exhibition.