Elvira, Mistress of the Dark, comes out as gay in new book; hosts Chicago virtual book talk on Sep. 23

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Cassandra Peterson, popularly referred to as Elvira, Mistress of the Dark, is going to be making a special virtual appearance within the Chicago area to share her new memoir, Yours Cruelly, Elvira. Peterson is going to be hosted by The Book Stall for a virtual book talk on Thursday, September 23 from 8 to 9 p.m. Tickets are on sale through the Eventbrite website. The event has often enjoyed a reception on a computer or mobile device.

The Book Stall, 811 Elm St., Winnetka, Ill., is that the preferred independent bookseller for the memoir, though it’s available on Amazon, Barnes and Noble, and other retailers. “Always original and sometimes outrageous, Cassandra’s story is loaded with twists, travails, revelry, and downright shocking experiences,” her publicist says of the new book. “It is that the candid, often funny, and sometimes heartbreaking tale of a Midwest farm girl’s long strange trip to becoming the world’s sexiest, sassiest Halloween icon.”

The book has caught the eye of LGBTQ fans as Peterson reveals an almost two decades’ long relationship with another woman, Teresa Wierson. She calls her “T.” Peterson reveals that she met Wierson at a Hollywood Gold’s Gym, having thought Wierson was the most well-liked guy within the room. She later acknowledged he was a she within the women’s room. They developed an in-depth friendship in the first encounter. The Halloween idol divorced their husband Mark Pierson while Wierson was also ending her own relationship. Their friendship developed into a romance as both needed one another to grieve their losses and advance.

Yours Cruelly, Elvira delves deep into Peterson’s past, sharing a few freak accidents in rural Kansas at 18 months old. Boiling water left her with third-degree burns covering 35 percent of her body. The residual effects of that turned her into a touch of a misfit which led to her eventual love of the horror genre.

Peterson also shares about leaving home at 14 years old and working at the legendary Dunes Hotel in Las Vegas, Nev. at 17 years old. then an encounter with Presley changed the trajectory of her life, ending up performing in Europe which for a few reasons led to a comedy stage in l. a. with the improv troupe, The Groundlings. There she worked alongside Phil Hartman and Paul Reubens, popularly referred to as Pee-Wee Herman. The book then moves on to an audition, hoping to be the local television host of the channel’s late-night vintage horror movies.

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