Randy Russell is the Edgar-nominated author of five published novels for adults and two books of short stories. He and his wife, Janet Barnett, coauthored two volumes of southern Appalachian folklore and the highly popularGhost Dogs of the South. Russell's first young-adult novel, Dead Rules, was published by HarperTeen in June 2011. Russell presents ghost-lore programs to groups large and small across the south. He and his wife live outside of Asheville, North Carolina.