"I was first acquainted with Death as a youth, but it wasn't until my teenage years that we really began to hit it off. I was attracted to the dark themes of gore and violence portrayed in music, film, and literature; I listened to metal, watched horror movies, and read true crime books. My lust for Death grew stronger after I completed an archaeology course on the subject during my last semester at University of Illinois. It was an overview of burial practices and funerary customs amongst different cultures throughout history. I continued reading on my own, and fell in love with Death to Dust by Kenneth Iserson. It covers a vast array of topics ranging from anatomical dissection to premature burial to necrophilia. Feeling enamored and wanting to further enhance my relationship with Death, I enrolled in a mortuary science college in Fall 2013 and accepted a job at a local funeral home. Working with the bereaved is rewarding, but the embalming aspect excites me the most. I seemingly cannot get enough of this; Death will always be my mistress."