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Cassandra Peterson on Elvira, Elvis, and endurance as a horror icon

Plus, comedian and horror aficionado Dana Gould shares the legend of Vampira and her gothic powerhouse presence during the Golden Age of Hollywood.


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Mistress of the Dark.

Queen of Halloween.

The one-and-only… Elvira.

The woman behind the horror icon is actress Cassandra Peterson.

Her recent memoir, Yours Cruelly, Elvira, is now a New York Times bestseller.

Today, Peterson joins us with stories from her life and career- from dating Elvis to meeting Jimi Hendrix, and her thoughts on being an icon in the LGBTQ community.

Then, Dana Gould talks about his love of horror, about his friendship with '50s horror host, Vampira, played by the late Maila Nurmi, and creating a graphic novel adaptation, Planet of the Apes Visionaries, from Rod Serling’s original script.

In a surprising moment of horror knowledge, Gould also instantly answered listener Robert’s 40 year-long movie mystery with the movie Quatermass and the Pit.

His new movie, Joy Ride, is a documentary with a long-time friend and fellow comedian, Bobcat Goldthwait.


Cassandra “Elvira” Peterson

Dana Gould

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