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Nicholas Conley

Nicholas Conley – Pale Highway


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 & Editors Award for Best Science Fiction & Fantasy Novel, was influenced by his real life experience working with Alzheimer’s patients in a nursing home. He has written for Vox, Truthout, The Huffington Post,, SFFWorld, and Screen Rant, and his original radio play Something in the Nothing was performed live on the radio station WSCA 106.1 FM in 2016. He is a member of PEN America, the writers organization dedicated to human rights and freedom of expression.

In order to better establish himself on the planet Earth, Nicholas has currently made his home in New Hampshire. 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.



Pale Highway - Nicholas Conley - Winner of Preditors & Editors Award for Best Science Fiction and Fantasy Novel


Pale Highway

Winner of the 2015 Preditors and Editors Award for Best Science Fiction & Fantasy Novel

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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?




Clay Tongue novelette Nicholas Conley fantasy

Clay Tongue: A Novelette

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From the author of the award-winning Pale Highway and the radio play Something in the Nothing comes a short fantasy of love, shyness, and the secrets of human communication.

Katie Mirowitz is a small little girl with an even smaller little voice. She possesses a deep love for her grandfather, who suffers from aphasia after a bad stroke cuts loose the part of his brain that processes verbal language. When Katie uncovers a miraculous secret inside the pages of her grandfather’s old journal, as well as an ancient key, she goes out into the woods in search of answers — hoping to uncover a mythical being that, if it exists, may just have the ability to grant wishes.


9 thoughts on “

  1. Nicholas – Thank you so much for liking our post on Director’s Cuts Blog. Ordering you book now!! Can not wait to read it!

  2. Nicholas, thank you for the like on DamascusRoad News. Looking forward to reading your book – alzheimers, and the convolutions of the medical establishment are two subjects close to my heart!

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