Maryellen Skulski Mitrano '00

Which dorm(s) did you live in?
McKean for the first two years, then Rooke in my senior year. I spent my junior year in London.

Which staff/faculty member inspired you most?
Donna Berghorn. She made me aware of my talents, and challenged and encouraged me at the same time. If it wasn't for her Desktop Publishing class I might not be a graphic designer today!

How do you think your classmates remember you?
As that strange girl who liked the Backstreet Boys, probably.

Where do you live now?
Medford, Mass. My husband is from there, and we met doing a play together with the Medford community theater group.

What are you doing these days?
During the day I'm a graphic designer for an engineering company. In my free time I have an online store called "le magasin des morts," which is French for "shop of the dead." About six years ago I realized I had a lot of ideas for greeting cards, buttons, t-shirts, etc. So I thought, why not make them and see if people will buy them? And they did. And since I love horror and all things macabre (I have a horror-themed room in my house!) that's where most of my inspiration comes from.

Okay, we're intrigued. Tell us more.
I sometimes go to horror conventions to peddle my wares, and those are fun because I'm totally in my element and surrounded by other horror freaks! I've also become friendly with people in the horror biz and design items for horror celebrities –- people like Bill Moseley from "House of 1000 Corpses" and Gaylen Ross from "Dawn of the Dead" -- who in turn autograph them and sell them for much more than I can. Most of my business is wholesale to stores throughout the country, including Newbury Comics and the Lizzie Borden Bed & Breakfast. My greeting cards were even a featured "must have" in Rue Morgue Magazine's "Needful Things" page, which was a great honor! To check out my designs, go to

So, as a horror buff do you look forward to Halloween?
Yes! Costumes, candy and carnage! Any holiday where fake blood is an acceptable decorative accessory is fine by me.

Any favorite Halloween costumes from your college days?
Definitely the kick-butt, light-up Queen Amidala costume I handmade senior year.

Favorite scary movie?
Although it's not that scary "American Psycho" holds a special spot in my dark little heart.

Least scary horror movie to watch this Halloween?
"The People Under the Stairs" was pretty lame.

Favorite quote?
Oh, yes, there will be blood. -- "Saw II"

They say there are ghosts at Colby-Sawyer. Ever see one?
Sadly, no. Although I was always bugging Officer Terry to take me to the old academy building to look for them.

Take a blood-curdling trip, if you dare, to see all the tricks and treats at Maryellen's Web site,

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