Yours Cruelly, Elvira: Memoirs of the Mistress of the Dark Audiobook, by Cassandra Peterson Play Audiobook Sample

Yours Cruelly, Elvira: Memoirs of the Mistress of the Dark Audiobook

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Read By: Cassandra Peterson Publisher: Hachette Books Listen Time: at 1.0x Speed 7.17 hours at 1.5x Speed 5.38 hours at 2.0x Speed Release Date: September 2021 Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download ISBN: 9781549155932

Quick Stats About this Audiobook

Total Audiobook Chapters:

40

Longest Chapter Length:

60:58 minutes

Shortest Chapter Length:

32 seconds

Average Chapter Length:

15:57 minutes

Audiobooks by this Author:

1

Publisher Description

The woman behind the icon known as Elvira, Mistress of the Dark, the undisputed Queen of Halloween, reveals her full story, filled with intimate bombshells—and told by the bombshell herself. 

 

On Good Friday in 1953, at only 18 months old, 25 miles from the nearest hospital in Manhattan, Kansas, Cassandra Peterson reached for a pot on the stove and doused herself in boiling water. Third-degree burns covered 35% of her body, and the prognosis wasn't good. But she survived. Burned and scarred, the impact stayed with her and became an obstacle she was determined to overcome. Feeling like a misfit led to her love of horror. While her sisters played with Barbie dolls, Cassandra played with model kits of Frankenstein and Dracula, and idolized Vincent Price.

Due to a complicated relationship with her mother, Cassandra left home at 14, and by age 17 she was performing at the famed Dunes Hotel in Las Vegas. Run-ins with the likes of Frank Sinatra, Sammy Davis Jr., and Tom Jones helped her grow up fast. Then a chance encounter with her idol Elvis Presley, changed the course of her life forever, and led her to Europe where she worked in film and traveled Italy as lead singer of an Italian pop band. She eventually made her way to Los Angeles, where she joined the famed comedy improv troupe, The Groundlings, and worked alongside Phil Hartman and Paul "Pee-wee" Reubens, honing her comedic skills.

Nearing age 30, a struggling actress considered past her prime, she auditioned at local LA channel KHJ as hostess for the late night vintage horror movies. Cassandra improvised, made the role her own, and got the job on the spot. Yours Cruelly, Elvira is an unforgettably wild memoir. Cassandra doesn't shy away from revealing exactly who she is and how she overcame seemingly insurmountable odds. Always original and sometimes outrageous, her story is loaded with twists, travails, revelry, and downright shocking experiences. It is the candid, often funny, and sometimes heart-breaking tale of a Midwest farm girl's long strange trip to become the world's sexiest, sassiest Halloween icon.

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“Elvira the character is a tantalizing gothic pop icon, a living Halloween costume, a kitschy, clever, comely chanteuse with brains. But Cassandra, the multitalented woman inside that character, has lived an incredible life full of experiences that make most people’s best days sound like dime-store humdrum.”

— Jack White, singer, songwriter, and producer 

Quotes

  • “Her new memoir…is the same kind of engrossing oddity that her career has been.”

    — Washington Post
  • “Nothing says spooky season like a new memoir from Cassandra ‘Elvira’ Peterson, which contains a major revelation about her real-life identity.”

    — Los Angeles Times
  • “[She] credits Elvis Presley with helping her realize her full potential…Other big names like Lynda Carter, Jimi Hendrix, and Frank Sinatra peppered in throughout the book.”

    — People
  • “Peterson maintains the dry sense of humor beloved by viewers since her Movie Macabre days…Her book is a must-read for anyone interested in 1970s Hollywood, horror movies, or just Elvira herself—a pop culture icon of the highest order.” 

    — Bust magazine
  • “There’s far more to Elvira than a perilously plunging neckline.”

    — BBC Channel 4

Awards

  • A New York Times bestseller
  • A #1 Amazon bestseller
  • A USA Today bestseller
  • A Los Angeles Times bestseller
  • A Barnes & Noble bestseller

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  • Overall Performance: 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Narration Rating: 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Story Rating: 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5

    — Kenneth Emerton, 10/27/2022

About Cassandra Peterson

Cassandra Peterson was born in Manhattan, Kansas. At age seventeen she became the youngest showgirl in Las Vegas history, then travelled the world as a singer and actor before settling in Los Angeles and being cast for the part of “horror hostess” on a Los Angeles television station. Her show, Movie Macabre and her newly created character, Elvira, became an overnight sensation.