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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.

  • Book cover of Yours Cruelly, Elvira  (Photo Credit: Courtesy of Cassandra Peterson)
    Book cover of Yours Cruelly, Elvira (Photo Credit: Courtesy of Cassandra Peterson)
  • Transforming from Cassandra to Elvira (Photo Credit: Courtesy of Cassandra Peterson)
    Transforming from Cassandra to Elvira (Photo Credit: Courtesy of Cassandra Peterson)
  • Cassandra Peterson Author Photo, Credit to Alan Mercer (Photo Credit: Courtesy of Cassandra Peterson)
    Cassandra Peterson Author Photo, Credit to Alan Mercer (Photo Credit: Courtesy of Cassandra Peterson)
  • First day on the job as Elvira,1981  (Photo Credit: Courtesy of Cassandra Peterson)
    First day on the job as Elvira,1981 (Photo Credit: Courtesy of Cassandra Peterson)
  • Cassandra Peterson with her hero, Vincent Price (Photo Credit: Courtesy of Cassandra Peterson)
    Cassandra Peterson with her hero, Vincent Price (Photo Credit: Courtesy of Cassandra Peterson)
  • Cassandra Peterson and her Girlfriend T (Photo Credit: Courtesy of Cassandra Peterson)
    Cassandra Peterson and her Girlfriend T (Photo Credit: Courtesy of Cassandra Peterson)

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.

  • Dana Gould (left) sits across from his friend and fellow comedian, Bobcat Goldthwait (right) (Photo Credit: Courtesy of Dana Gould)
    Dana Gould (left) sits across from his friend and fellow comedian, Bobcat Goldthwait (right) (Photo Credit: Courtesy of Dana Gould)
  • Dana Gould (right) share the stage with fellow Bobcat Goldthwait for their show and documentary, Joy Ride. (Photo Credit: Courtesy of Dana Gould)
    Dana Gould (right) share the stage with fellow Bobcat Goldthwait for their show and documentary, Joy Ride. (Photo Credit: Courtesy of Dana Gould)

Guests:

Cassandra “Elvira” Peterson

Dana Gould

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