Raymond van Over is the author and editor of over thirty books with mainstream publishers (Harper&Row, Penguin, Macmillan, New American Library, etc.). His books range from novels and general fiction (including mysteries, true crime, books of short stories for children, and fiction for young adults), to folk tales, biography, psychology, and scholarly studies of myths. He has also been a ghostwriter for half a dozen books, including academic studies, memoirs, and general fiction.
His writing credits include screenwriting--both feature films and documentaries (including the Academy Award nominated "Giselle" and "Tosca" for ABC-TV/Wishupon Productions). For years he was a script-doctor and story analyst for independent and major film studios (Universal, Fox, and Columbia Pictures).
During more than twenty-five years as a freelance writer, he has written magazine and newspaper articles, brochures, annual reports, advertising print copy, headlines, and book jacket blurbs. He was also Executive Editor of the national magazine "Inner Space," published by Mercury Press, and Editor of "The International Journal of Parapsychology."
For several years, Raymond van Over taught at New York University and Hofstra University. He has traveled extensively across the U.S. and Europe, Latin America, Africa and Asia, spoken before many audiences and professional societies including MENSA, The New York Psychological Association, and the World Congress of Religions. He has also appeared on numerous television and radio programs, such as The Dick Cavett Show, Straight Talk, PBS-TV Specials, The Barry Farber Show, Margaret Truman's Radio Show, etc.
In addition to a traditional education in the U.S., he has lived and studied in Spain, England, and France. He received a certificate in Ancient History and Early Literature from Wolsey Hall, Oxford, and studied French Civilization and Literature at the University of Paris, Sorbonne.
His varied interests include the Japanese game of GO, flying single engine airplanes, painting, and baroque music. He lives in Washington, DC.