“I always tell people when I became Elvira, things got normal,”

As read in her memoir – Yours Cruelly, Elvira, now out in paperback via Hachette Books –

Cassandra’s life was bordering on stranger than fiction long before she donned

the skin-tight velvet gown and black beehive wig to become Elvira, Mistress of the Dark

In the first fifth of the book alone, she details making out with Jimmy Page,

getting a fatherly lecture from Frank Zappa after running into The Mother of Invention,

and having a deep, political conversation with Jimi Hendrix.

And all this happens thirty pages before she details a

life-changing evening spent with the King of Rock himself, Elvis Presley.

“It was one of the most fun parts of writing my book,”

“finally being able to talk about music and what it was like back then, to be kind of a groupie