We are so happy to partner with Hachette Books and four amazing indie bookstores from across the country to present Cassandra Peterson, aka Elvira, as she joins us to talk about her new book, Yours Cruelly, Elvira: Memoirs of the Mistress of the Dark. 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.
Elvira will be joined on the virtual stage by conversation partner Peaches Christ. Her infamous movie events are self-produced at the Castro Theatre and regularly draw over 1,000 attendees to each new production before they tour. Events have featured special guest stars John Waters, Cloris Leachman, Patricia Quinn, Nell Campbell, Linda Blair, Bruce Campbell, Apollonia, Barry Bostwick, Pam Grier, and more. Peaches is the alter- ego of Joshua Grannell, the writer and director of the feature film "All About Evil."
This is a ticketed virtual event. Each ticket includes an exclusive link to the Zoom Webinar program as well as a copy of Yours Cruelly, Elvira: Memoirs of the Mistress of the Dark, with an autographed bookplate enclosed. Sales tax, shipping, and handling are included. Buy your ticket HERE.
**Note that this offer is only good in the US. We regret that we our "Distant Attendee" ticket does not include international shipping.
***Note that this program may not be recorded.
We offer two ticket options:
1. Distant Attendee. ($36.60) This ticket includes US domestic shipping ONLY. This ticket admits one household to the event and includes a copy of Yours Cruelly, Elvira: Memoirs of the Mistress of the Dark." Your book will be shipped to you on or just after Sept. 23rd.
2. Local Attendee. ($31.60)This ticket admits one household to the event and includes a copy of Yours Cruelly, Elvira: Memoirs of the Mistress of the Dark ." Ticketholders must pick up their copy at The Book Stall, (811 Elm Street in Winnetka, IL) and can do so during our normal hours, 10 AM to 5 PM, Monday - Saturday, and Sunday 11 - 5. Pick-up must be within 20 days of the event. Your book will be available on Thursday, Sept. 23rd.
More About the Book: 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. 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. Always original and sometimes outrageous, her story is loaded with twists, travails, revelry, and downright shocking experiences.
**Instant New York Times Bestseller, Los Angeles Times Bestseller, USA Today Bestseller, Publishers Weekly Bestseller**
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, told by the bombshell herself.