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Zachariah Jones is a longtime lover of books, lover of mysteries, and lover of everything that has to do with the world unseen by most. He lives in Stillwater, a small historic town in eastern Minnesota with his husband and dog. Visit him online at or on Instagram: @the_zachariah_jones. 


Horror Writers Association


Winner: Best Regional Fiction - Midwest


Chasing Shadows 

After solving the case of Sarah O’Connell’s death in Saint Paul, Jarek Videni is back and ready to work on his next assignment. He has been summoned to Deadwood to seek out a woman named Ulrika Johnston. However, it doesn't take long for Jarek to realize there is more at play in this small western town than just the single case. Jarek uncovers a far more sinister mystery of almost fifty young women gone missing.

The town is shrouded in darkness, and Jarek's abilities are threatened as his questionable past is soon brought to light. Haunted by his inner demons, Jarek soon understands that he may not have the strength to fight this fight alone. With the help of new friends and allies, he must navigate a violent mystery and stop the forces that stalk him before it's too late.

Will he succeed, or will the shadows finally consume him?



In 1924, Sarah O’Connell, a socialite and spiritualist, is brutally murdered. The local authorities do not have a single suspect. After receiving an anonymous letter, Jarek Videni, a young intuitive from New York City, travels to the American Midwest to help solve the case. However, Jarek learns quickly that there is no single suspect in the case because everyone in the house is a suspect… even the spirits. 

This unsolved case is surrounded with mystery, horror, and a dark presence that fills the family’s home and calls out to Jarek. This presence is watching… waiting… and listening.

Jarek must use his gifts to read the cards, reach beyond the veil, uncover the many secrets that haunt the O’Connell mansion, and find the killer before they strike again. But will he be able to solve this case before it’s too late?




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