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Dating the Wrong Men


Geek in Disguise
Co-author of Night of the Living Dead

Kelly Rossi is a bright, clever, personable young woman, easy on the eyes and easy to talk to if she’s sure you understand and appreciate her wit and intelligence. She does not suffer fools gladly. When I first met her, at a convention called Scarefest in Lexington, Kentucky, I was amused by the business card she handed me, showing that she’s the webmaster for the Maloof Skateboarding Company and displaying her facetious self-chosen moniker: “The Geek in Disguise.” Smitten by her good looks and her wry sense of humor, I promptly acknowledged that it was “the best geek disguise I’d ever seen!” We both laughed. Then we enjoyed comparing notes about the zany, offbeat, slightly shady characters that populate our Italian heritage.

Each year, as the co-creator of NIGHT OF THE LIVING DEAD and the writer/producer/director of a string of terror-suspense novels and horror movies, I appear as a featured guest at quite a few horror conventions, and Scarefest will always rank as one of my favorites because it was where I met Kelly, who was there promoting Aaron Goodwin and his hit TV show, Ghost Adventures.

The three of us had a lot of fun that night, attending a party honoring George Romero, and then getting to know each other over cocktails, running gags, off-color jokes and interesting conversation. It was a kick to discover that Kelly, Aaron and I are on the same wavelength about a lot of things, and that we share an unabashed zest for the good things in life spiced up with a ribald sense of humor.

Kelly and I kept in touch by email and by phone after that, and I was greatly amused by her flippant blogs about men and dating that she posts on the Internet. Her blogs are witty, honest and self-revelatory — as charming as they are daring. I suggested that she should write a book. And now, to my great satisfaction, she has done so.

DATING THE WRONG MEN is written boldly in her own inimitable style, and I assure you that it is unfailingly entertaining and enlightening — a true guide to love and romance for women working their way through the murky world of personal relationships. It tells all about Kelly’s adventures and misadventures on her way to realizing her dreams. It doesn’t pull any punches, but unsparingly explores her struggles to understand herself and what’s best for her, even as she fights against the machinations and manipulations foisted upon her by others.

I often have said that it’s almost a hazard to be a woman in today’s selfish, male-ego-driven society, and what Kelly has gone through certainly tends to prove that. But it also shows that an indomitable spirit and an emerging sense of self-worth can overcome bad experiences that may stretch all the way back to early childhood.

This is your chance to let Kelly show you how you can conquer your own demons — even the ones who may be sleeping alongside you.

June 24, 2014

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