Metallica’s Kirk Hammett Writes Afterword For New Book “Shudder’s Creepshow: From Script To Scream”

Metallica’s Kirk Hammett has written the afterword for the new “Creepshow” book “Shudder’s Creepshow: From Script To Scream”. The effort, which also includes a foreword by Stephen King, will be released on October 25.

Here’s a description of the book:

“‘Shudder’s Creepshow: From Script to Scream,’ produced by AMC Networks Publishing and ‘Creepshow’ showrunner and executive producer Greg Nicotero (‘The Walking Dead’), is a coffee-table book which brings fans behind-the-scenes of the acclaimed ‘Creepshow’ series with deep dives into its riveting origins, gripping development, provocative production, sinister special effects, and much more. Features a foreword by legendary storyteller Stephen King and an afterword by horror aficionado Kirk Hammett, Metallica’s lead guitarist. Based on the hit anthology series from Nicotero, Cartel Entertainment, Striker Entertainment, and in partnership with Titan Books, the book is written by Dennis L. Prince, designed by John J. Hill, and co-produced by Julia Hobgood. The series has been heralded as ‘an irresistibly macabre package,’ (Slant Magazine) and ‘an undeniable love letter to all generations of horror fans,’ (CBR), and over three seasons, has been one of the most watched programs on Shudder.”

Greg Nicotero commented:

“I grew up wearing down my fingertips paging through books on the making of my favorite movies. I was ravenous to learn the behind-the-scenes secrets. So, I’m excited to be able to present a glimpse behind the making of this epic show!”

Mike Zagari, head of AMC Networks Publishing, added:

“This jam-packed, behind-the-scenes ‘Creepshow’ book is perfect for fans of the show, as well as anyone passionate about horror entertainment and aspiring filmmakers and FX artists. The collaboration between Greg Nicotero, the ‘Creepshow’ series cast and crew, which are overseen by Monster Agency Productions, Stephen King, Kirk Hammett, the George A. Romero Foundation and many other talented individuals, exceeded all expectations!”

Andy Biersack (Black Veil Brides) Interprets The Works Of Edgar Allan Poe For New Audiobook Record

Andy Biersack (Black Veil Brides) will be paying tribute to Edgar Allan Poe with a new audiobook record titled “Andy Biersack Presents The Works Of Edgar Allan Poe.” The effort is expected to be released on November 15 and it will find the frontman reading classic stories and poems from the legendary writer. The record can be pre-ordered on vinyl along with a hardcover book.

Here’s a description of the project:

“Featuring fully scored dramatic narration by Andy Biersack of Edgar Allan Poe classic stories and poems, including ‘The Tell-Tale Heart,’ ‘The Raven,’ ‘The Oval Portrait,’ and ‘The Mask of the Red Death’ on vinyl, as well as exclusive download access to additional scored performances (‘A Campaign Song,’ ‘Dream Within a Dream,’ ‘Annabel Lee,’ ‘Lenore,’ ‘Spirits of the Dead,’ ‘The Fall of the House of Usher,’ ‘The Haunted Palace,’ and ‘The Pit and the Pendulum’), instrumental and narration-only versions, and other bonus material.”

It was also noted that the artwork was created by Mister Sam Shearon, who has previously worked with Iron Maiden, Ministry, Rob Zombie, etc. Biersack commented:

“I am so excited to share with you guys this incredible project that I was fortunate enough to collaborate on with @rarebirdlit. The words of Poe have been central to my creative interests since I can remember and to be able to present some of my favorite stories from his collected works on an audiobook record like this is truly a dream come true.”

Def Leppard Reportedly Planning To Release New Book “Definitely: The Official Story Of Def Leppard” In November

According to various product listings, Def Leppard will be releasing a new book, titled “Definitely: The Official Story Of Def Leppard,” on November 25. The effort is said to be “the ultimate record of Def Leppard’s legendary career.”

Here’s a description of the book [via Book Depository]:

“Offering fans the most personal and comprehensive record of Def Leppard’s history to date, Definitely: The Story of Def Leppard is narrated by the band in their own words, alongside a wealth of memorabilia from the Def Leppard vault and individual band members’ private archives.

Despite an average age of only 18, Def Leppard burst onto the hard rock scene in 1980 like a group of seasoned veterans. Thinking big from the very start, the blueprint for their music was, as singer Joe Elliott states, “AC/DC meets Queen”. Def Leppard’s story is one of stratospheric highs and crashing lows, of triumph over adversity. While becoming one of the world’s best-selling music artists with blockbuster albums Pyromania and Hysteria, the band overcame drummer Rick Allen’s accident, where he lost an arm, and the death of bandmate Steve Clark. But despite tragedy plaguing the group during its 45-year history, Def Leppard never thought about quitting, and continued to write and record, finding success with every release and tour.

With brand new text derived from several in-depth interviews with members of the band, as well as archive text from past members, Definitely chronicles Def Leppard’s incredible story, from their humble beginnings rehearsing in a spoon factory in Sheffield, to recording ground-breaking multi-platinum albums and touring sell-out stadiums around the world.

‘In the summer of 1988 we shifted 4 million copies of Hysteria in the US alone. We were outselling U2, Michael Jackson, Guns ‘n’ Roses… For about six weeks we were the biggest band in the world.’

– Joe Elliott

Alongside the book’s text are hundreds of items from the band’s combined and personal archives, presenting over four decades of Def Leppard history. Granted unlimited access to the Def Leppard vault, the book includes handwritten correspondence, rare vinyl pressings, tour memorabilia, music video storyboards, draft album artwork, press cuttings, previously unpublished photographs and much more.

Part memoir, part scrapbook, Definitely: The Story of Def Leppard is the ultimate record of Def Leppard’s legendary career.”

New Cheap Trick Book “This Band Has No Past” To Be Released In September

A new Cheap Trick book, titled “This Band Has No Past: How Cheap Trick Became Cheap Trick,” is set to be released on September 6 via Jawbone Press. The effort, which was written by Brian J. Kramp, will explore the band’s early days.

Here’s a synopsis [via Amazon]:

“’This band has no past’ was the first line of the farcical biography printed on the inner sleeve of Cheap Trick’s first album, but the band, of course, did have a past—a past that straddles two very different decades: from the tumult of the sixties to the anticlimax of the seventies, from the British Invasion to the record industry renaissance, with the band’s debut album arriving in 1977, the year vinyl sales peaked.

‘This Band Has No Past’ tells the story of a bar band from the Midwest—the best and weirdest bar band in the Midwest—and how these four baby boomers, having been lucky enough to avoid the Vietnam draft, doggedly pursued a most unlikely career in rock’n’roll and made it on their own terms. It traces every gnarly limb of the family tree of bands that culminated in Cheap Trick, then details how this unlikely foursome paid their dues—with interest—night after night, slogging it out everywhere from high schools to bars to bowling alleys to fans’ back yards, before signing to Epic Records and releasing two brilliant albums six months apart.

Drawing on more than eighty original interviews, ‘This Band Has No Past’ is packed full of new insights and information that fans of the band will devour. How was the Cheap Trick logo created? How did the checkerboard pattern come to be associated with the band? When did Rick Nielsen start wearing a ballcap 24/7? Who caught their mom and dad rolling on the couch? Read on and find out.”

Twisted Sister’s Dee Snider Secures Publishing Deal For New Book “Frats”

Dee Snider (Twisted Sister) has signed a new publishing deal for his new fictional novel “Frats.” The singer confirmed the news on Twitter:

“Destination Onward: The Story Of Fates Warning” To Be Released In July

A new Fates Warning book, titled “Destination Onward: The Story Of Fates Warning,” is set to be released on July 15. The effort was written by Jeff Wagner in cooperation with past and present members of the band, record labels, peer musicians, roadies, and more.

Here’s a description of the book [via]:

“Fates Warning’s compelling 13-album discography, from debut ‘Night on Brocken’ to final album ‘Long Day Good Night,’ is the very essence of progressive heavy metal music. Founded in 1983 in Connecticut by five ambitious youngsters, the band matured, evolved and shifted through one of the most fascinating evolutions in the genre. Their music remains an inspiration to legions of fans worldwide, and now their story is detailed throughout ‘Destination Onward.’

Researched with the cooperation of every band member past and present, author and longtime Fates devotee Jeff Wagner guides the reader through artistic triumphs, lineup fluctuations, commercial breakthroughs and music industry tribulations. This is a celebration, a love letter, and an honest appraisal of the many ups and downs throughout Fates Warning’s formidable 40-year history.”

Wagner added:

“Anyone who owns my previous two books (‘Mean Deviation’ and ‘Soul On Fire’) will recognize many design aspects, including the cover’s French flaps and generally high quality of presentation. I labored hard over every single aspect, from the huge to the minuscule, to bring Fates fans a special document of the band’s career. Fates Warning, and its fans, deserve nothing less.”

[via Blabbermouth]

Black Sabbath’s Geezer Butler Planning To Release Autobiography In Early 2023

During a recent appearance on SiriusXM’s “Trunk Nation With Eddie Trunk,”, Black Sabbath bassist Geezer Butler offered an update on his autobiography. The effort is currently expected to be released in early 2023.

Butler said the following:

“[It’s] finished. I sent the manuscript in three weeks ago, so now I’m just waiting for the edited version to come back so I can go nuts.”

He continued:

“The trouble is ever since I sent in the manuscript I thought about seven things I’ve left out. So I’m gonna probably drive them nuts now.”

Butler also added the following about release plans:

“I think it’s looking like the beginning of next year now.”

[via Blabbermouth]

Judas Priest’s Rob Halford To Release New Book “Biblical: Rob Halford’s Heavy Metal Scriptures” In November

Judas Priest frontman Rob Halford will be releasing a new book, titled “Biblical: Rob Halford’s Heavy Metal Scriptures,” on November 1. The effort “mixes serious and in-depth pieces with whimsical reflections on lessons learned during his fifty years of a life in music.” Pre-orders can be found HERE. Halford commented:

“After my penitence with ‘Confess‘, it’s time for me to be BIBLICAL and take our congregation through all the ins and out and ups and downs of what it takes to make the life of the Metal God. So get comfy in your pew and prepare for the light of revelations by becoming BIBLICAL!”

Trivium’s Matt Heafy To Release “Ibaraki And Friends” Children’s Book

Matt Heafy (Trivium, Ibaraki) has teamed up with Z2 Comics and illustrator Half Sumo for a new children’s book titled “Ibaraki And Friends.” The book, which will focus on Japanese folklore, is expected to be released in June.

Here’s a description of the book:

“Written by Matthew Kiichi Heafy (of Grammy-Nominated band Trivium), ‘Ibaraki And Friends’ tells Matthew’s rendition of Japanese legends and folktales alike.

This children’s book, illustrated by Half Sumo and designed by Ashley Heafy, is for all the kids that want to know more about where they come from and the parents that want to share those moments with them.

A dragon, a samurai and even a koi, ‘Ibaraki And Friends’ shows through accessible prose the exciting history and myths of Japan.

With beautiful illustrations and exciting adventures, the whole family will want to read it over and over again.”

Heafy also added:

“‘Ibaraki And Friends’ is a book full of the stories that I grew up with. That Japanese folklore lies at the very root of so many of the amazing stories we have today, whether they’re in video games, anime, movies, or songs.

For years, I’ve researched as many Japanese stories as possible—gotten several of them tattooed on my body — and explored their themes in the songs of Trivium, Ibaraki and now in ‘Ibaraki And Friends’. It’s our hope that in exploring these wonderful stories, that the readers will want to learn more about Japanese culture — then more cultures of the surrounding Asian countries, then spread that willingness to learn about stories from all over the world, inspiring curiosity in the many cultures we share around the planet.”

Fans can pre-order the book HERE. Notably, select bundles will include a lullaby CD, temporary tattoos, and more.

Architects’ Sam Carter To Release New Children’s Book

Architects frontman Sam Carter and his fiancé Abby Kirk have announced a new children’s book titled “Sophia Fox Dog Gets Adopted.” Fans will be able to purchase the book HERE tomorrow (April 15) at 9:00am GMT.

Carter commented:

“I’m so extremely excited to announce that myself and my fiancé have written a children’s book starring none other than @sophiafoxdog this is something I’ve always wanted to do and I’m so stoked that we’re doing it!

“Sophia Fox Dog Gets Adopted” was written by Sam Carter and Abby Kirk when Abby was working in a school with many children who had been in foster care or through the adoption process. They realised that their stories were largely not represented in childrens books and wanted to write a book for the class to show that their stories were important too.

The story also aims to teach children to think about what rescue dogs may have gone through in the past before finding their adoptive families. This is a cause close to our hearts and large portion of the proceeds will go to @wunderdogrescue_ and @romanian.rescue.appeal to help more dogs like Sophia find their forever families.

You can also get your hands on a Sophia Plushie and a signed card from Myself & Abby and a Pawprint from the star herself Sophia

This has been in the works for a long time and I’m so happy to finally be able to share it with you! Thank you @mddnco for believing in us and this book and thank you @chexnerxvic for doing such an incredible job on the illustration ❤️

Sophia Fox Dog Gets Adopted is out
Friday 9am GMT from ❤️”