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Yours Cruelly, Elvira

Cassandra Peterson

Warwick’s, in partnership with Hachette Books, presents
Cassandra Peterson
in conversation with Peaches Christ

Yours Cruelly, Elvira

Thursday, September 23, 2021 - 6:00pm PDT

Yours Cruelly, Elvira
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This is a ticketed event on Crowdcast. For event access, click the green button above to purchase your copy of YOURS CRUELLY, ELVIRA - you'll also receive an AUTOGRAPHED bookplate, while supplies last!

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.

Books purchased through our Eventbrite link will include a bookplate AUTOGRAPHED by Peterson, while supplies last! 
$29+tax & fee: Includes event access and one copy of Yours Cruelly, Elvira, with AUTOGRAPHED bookplate, held at Warwick's to be picked up at your convenience after the event.
$32.50+tax & fee: Includes event access and one copy of Yours Cruelly, Elvira, with AUTOGRAPHED bookplate, shipped to your home after the event (48 contiguous states only).

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 built 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 group, 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.

Peaches Christ is a filmmaker and cult leader living in San Francisco. 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. The award-winning dark comedy gore film stars Natasha Lyonne, Thomas Dekker, Cassandra Peterson, Mink Stole, and Peaches Christ herself. Peaches Christ has been featured in the films Milk, I Am Divine, Diary Of A Teenage Girl, Mansfield 66/67, Tura!, Scream Queen: My Nightmare On Elm Street, You Don’t Nomi, and more.

Please note: no one other than Hachette Books will be permitted to record the event.  

Yours Cruelly, Elvira: Memoirs of the Mistress of the Dark Cover Image
$29.00
ISBN: 9780306874352
Availability: On Our Shelves Now
Published: Hachette Books - September 21st, 2021