Born and raised in Spartanburg County, South Carolina, Tally is a graduate of Spartanburg Methodist College and Wofford College with degrees in history. He attended graduate school in history at Winthrop University, but did not complete his thesis. He has written several articles on both local history and hauntings for the Chester News and Reporter and Yorkville Enquirer newspapers. He is currently the Special Services Manager at the Chester County Library focusing on IT and local history/ genealogy. He is a member of the OSCAR artists’ roster through the SC Arts Commission, PALMCOP, SC Library Association, the American Library Association, Palmetto State Hangers, and both the Chester Civitan Club and South Carolina District of Civitan International. He is a long-time guest and moderator at ConCarolinas, AtomaCon, Fandom Fest, and MystiCon on both the paranormal and writing tracks. Tally has consulted with several paranormal teams on various cases, most recently serving as lead researcher for State Paranormal Investigations. He is also a storyteller of ghost tales from throughout the Carolinas and is willing to travel anywhere in the Southeast. He currently lives in Chester South Carolina with his wife and fellow author, Alexandra Christian.
He is the author of four books on South Carolina ghosts , the following published by the History Press of Charleston; Ghosts of the South Carolina Upcountry (2005), Ghosts of the South Carolina Midlands (2007), and Ghosts of the Pee Dee (2009) as well as his newest, Civil War Ghosts of South Carolina published in 2013 by Post Mortem Press. He is currently working on several projects, both non-fiction and fiction.