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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 percent 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 heartbreaking tale of a Midwest farm girl's long, strange trip to become the world's sexiest, sassiest Halloween icon. 

PLEASE NOTE: When you purchase this title, the accompanying PDF will be available in your Audible Library along with the audio.

©2021 Cassandra Peterson (P)2021 Hachette Books

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Chapter 14 cut off

This is an amazing book, and the audiobook is performed by Cassandra which is a major plus. The only issue is that the end of chapter 14 is cut off mid sentence. Hopefully this will be corrected soon and updated. I’ve contacted Audible support to make them aware of it. Thankfully I also have the hardback version so I can see what happened.

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Outstanding

Cassandra Peterson has had a crazy,fascinating life.Greatly narrated by Peterson.Highly recommend for any fan of the horror/comedy icon

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I love this.Touched my heart as a fan

This audio was amazing and a biography I needed to hear. Probed what is on the outside their is Soo much more. I loved Elvira (Cassandra Peterson) since teen-hood. From film to music compilations.
Her story has showed me that growth is key. Growth takes time and we all can heal from the pains of life. She will probably never see this review, but this audiobook has given me the inspiration to start over. My new chapter in life begins today. Thank you Elvira...and oh yeah Unpleasant Dreaaammzzz.

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I love her

If you're a fan, you'll love it.
If you aren't currently a fan, maybe you'll learn something.

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The Queen of Halloween

An amazing life told with Elvira's trademark wit. Hilarious at times, heartbreaking at others. It's not a trick, this book is a real Treat!

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Elvira is my hero !

As if I didn’t love Elvira enough! Her story is absolutely amazing. What a life she has lived ! Definitely worth listening too. I couldn’t turn her story off . Just amazing!

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left clutching for ending of chapter 14

end of chapter 14 skips out to chapter 15. maybe audible issue? over all 100% the best storytelling I have heard.

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Charming, Touching, Cassandra Peterson Doesn’t Hold Anything Back in This Fascinating Tale of her Entire Life

As someone who met Cassandra as a child and looked at her as a mother-like figure, I couldn’t stop myself from pre-ordering this book from Premiere Collectables, but of course, I lack patience, so I also downloaded the audio book to listen to until the physical copy arrived. She went into such detail about her life, relationships with others, and feelings that it felt like she was sitting here just talking to me, as a friend. I’d knew of some details presented, but so much was suddenly coming to the surface, it made me realize how Cassandra was shaped as a human being, and explained why she likely showed such kindness to me every time I ran into her throughout the years. She’s truly an amazing individual, and I know she’s been working on this book for over a decade, and I can safely say that the wait was beyond worth it. It made me tear up, laugh, and smile, all while reminding me why I’d come to love Cassandra and the Mistress of the Dark, Elvira. I whole heartedly recommend this book. 💞

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Gurl, You Need to Hear This One

Cassandra Peterson spills the tea on her personal life and career and it's a wild ride of rebelliousness, determination, heartbreak, perseverance and stories that will have you hitting pause more than once because whoa, wait...seriously??

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Beautiful book from a beautiful woman.

I grew up watching Elvira on tv. Hearing her story from her own lips made me feel so close. Like she was in the room with me, personally telling me her secrets. Thank you so much for sharing.

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