“Would my fans hate me for not being what they expected me to be?” Cassandra Peterson AKA Elvira, Mistress of the Dark shares in her new memoir. “I’m very aware that there will be some who will be disappointed and maybe even angry, but I have to live with myself, and at this point in my life, I’ve got to be truthful about who I am.”
Peterson’s Yours Cruelly, Elvira is now out and takes us deeper into the private life of our favorite Mistress of the Dark. Peterson had a 25-year marriage to (singer turned manager) Mark Pierson and a relationship with a woman was something new for her.
Peterson and her close friend Teresa “T” Wierson were at a movie together when things seemed to escalate. She shares in her book about her sudden desire to kiss Wierson.
“I think I was even more surprised. What the hell was I doing? I’d never been interested in women as anything other than friends. I felt so confused. This just wasn’t me! I was stunned that I’d been friends with her for so many years and never noticed our chemistry,” she writes. “I soon discovered that we connected sexually in a way I’d never experienced.”
This was the beginning of her falling in love with Wierson.
Now the two have been together for 19 years, not an easy feat. The love birds kept their relationship quiet in fear of what coming out would do to the Elvira brand. However, the world has come a long way and Peterson now feels that living her most authentic self is the best thing she can do.
We applaud Casandra Peterson for allowing herself to be vulnerable and letting us all into her private life. The number of people who will find strength in her words, I imagine, will be huge.