E. RANDALL FLOYD, a former journalist and history professor, is author of several bestselling books, including the nationally acclaimed novel about the Civil War, Deep in the Heart.


AFTER GRADUATING from the U.S. Army Defense Information School, his journalism career began as an Army Combat reporter for Stars & Stripes newspaper during the Vietnam era, based in Mannheim and Darmstadt, Germany. He later worked for United Press International, based in Bonn, Germany, the Florida Times-Union, Valdosta Daily Times and the Atlanta Journal-Constitution. After completing advanced degrees in German Studies and History, he taught at Georgia Southern University, Augusta University and the American University of Iraq, based in Kurdistan.


GROWING UP IN THE GLOOMY SWAMPLANDS near Savannah greatly influenced Floyd's  interest in the legends and mysteries of the Old South. He has written extensively about unexplained phenomena, ranging from ghosts and hauntings and strange disappearances to scientific mysteries and historical oddities. He has lived and worked in Europe and the Middle East, but continues to call Georgia his home.

HE AND HIS WIFE, Anne Shelander Floyd--a specialist in Southern decorative arts and former curator-director of the Lighthouse Museum at St. Simons Island, Georgia--live in Augusta, where he is working on his next book. Their son, Rand, attends medical school at Georgetown University.