You’ve reached the official website of award-winning author Nicholas Conley. Grab a cup of coffee, browse around, and enjoy yourself.
Nicholas Conley is a novelist, world traveler, playwright, and coffee vigilante. His passion for storytelling began at an early age, prompted by a love of science fiction novels, comic books, and horror movies.
His novel Pale Highway, the winner of the 2015 Preditors and Editors Award for Best Science Fiction and Fantasy Novel, was influenced by his real life experience working with Alzheimer’s patients in a nursing home. His work in healthcare also inspired his essays for both Vox and The Huffington Post, as well as his Alzheimer’s-themed radio play Something in the Nothing, which was performed live on the radio station WSCA 106.1 FM in 2016. When not trying on new Hawaiian shirts, reading, drinking coffee, or flying off to distant locations, Nicholas is currently working on his next novel, which will deal with traumatic brain injuries.
Winner of the 2015 Preditors and Editors Award for Best Science Fiction & Fantasy Novel
Gabriel Schist is spending his remaining years at Bright New Day, a nursing home. He once won the Nobel Prize for inventing a vaccine for AIDS. But now, he has Alzheimer’s, and his mind is slowly slipping away.
When one of the residents comes down with a horrific virus, Gabriel realizes that he is the only one who can find a cure. Encouraged by Victor, an odd stranger, he convinces the administrator to allow him to study the virus. Soon, reality begins to shift, and Gabriel’s hallucinations interfere with his work.
As the death count mounts, Gabriel is in a race against the clock and his own mind. Can he find a cure before his brain deteriorates past the point of no return?