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 localhistory 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, and the Chester Civitan Club. He is a long-time guest and moderator at ConCarolinas, Fandom Fest, and MystiCon on both the paranormal and writing tracks. He is also a storyteller of ghost tales throughout the Carolinas and is willing to travel anywhere in the Southeast. He currently lives in Chester South Carolina with his wife, Rachel.
He is the author of four other 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 nonfiction and fiction.