Elvira on Elvis, Vincent Price, and Her New ‘Coffin-Table’ Book

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Editor's Note:

Elvira, Mistress of the Dark, has something new on offer – and it’s not just a new book. This and more in today’s Daily Blunt.

Over the years, horror hostess Elvira (also known as Cassandra Peterson) has become even more iconic than many of the classic movies she introduced on TV. Now the Mistress of the Dark is hoping to introduce fans to a new “coffin-table” book devoted to her character’s timeless look. In an interview promoting the book, Elvira opens up about her date with Elvis, the fish recipe she learned from Vincent Price, and having no memory of anything from the 1970s. Embodying a fictional character has opened up many bizarre experiences. Peterson recalls: “Maybe one of the strangest opportunities was I got to ring the closing bell on the New York Stock Exchange.”

A rare first-edition copy of Kenneth Grahame’s The Wind in the Willows is at the heart of a murder case in England, where prosecutors say a book dealer was stabbed and beaten by someone attempting to steal the coveted item, worth an estimated $64,000. In addition to e-books with titles like “Opening Locks Without Keys,” spreadsheets were recovered from the alleged killer’s computer that listed Kate Moss, Simon Cowell, and novelist Jeffrey Archer as other potential robbery targets.

It’s hard to see an upside to the increase in civil unrest resulting from all the clashes between police departments and the communities they are meant to serve and protect, but it may prove to have a serious impact on higher education. Historically black colleges are seeing an uptick in enrollment, attributed in part to the racial unrest that has settled over the nation in the past years. According to an expert cited by PBS, students “are feeling they need a place to go that has them in mind.”

Imagine the plight of poor Barbara Remington in 1962, tasked with illustrating a cover for an edition of The Hobbit, but unable to get her hands on a copy to read and draw reference from. Tolkein himself found the result quite bewildering: “I do not understand how anybody who had read the tale… could think such a picture would please the author.Remington’s is just one of ten covers unearthed for Nerdalicious’s compendium of weird Hobbit covers, none of which can seem to agree on what an actual hobbit might look like. Or a dragon, for that matter: the Russian anthology version features Smaug carrying a teapot and a bouquet of flowers.