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True Tales: Past the Horizon Line

Back in February of 2016, I was honored to have the opportunity to share a true story on the radio station WSCA 106.1 FM, and in front of a live studio audience.

That story, which I called “Past the Horizon Line,” was about my real life experiences working in a nursing home, and how my friendship with one particularly amazing Alzheimer’s patient had a profound impact on my life.

As longtime readers know, much of my writing — including my novel Pale Highway (which deals with Alzheimer’s), as well as Clay Tongue: A Novelette (which deals with post-stroke aphasia) and my upcoming book, Intraterrestrial (which deals with traumatic brain injuries) — has been based on my experiences working in healthcare, but it’s not often that I get to share too much about what those real experiences were like, and how they shaped the person I am today. For that reason, I’d like the share this clip with you all, where I tell my story, “Past the Horizon Line.” Thank you for watching.

 

 

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Special Deal: Get Pale Highway Today for Only $.99 Cents!

From today through Saturday, Red Adept Publishing will be running a special deal on the e-book edition of Pale Highway, and it’s a good one. If you get in fast, you can pick up Pale Highway for as little as $.99 cents.

A killer deal, if I do say so — and as the coffee obsessive that I am, I can’t help but point out that $.99 cents is less than a cup of coffee.

So, if there was ever a time to feed your Kindle with Pale Highway, now is it. Pick it up on Amazon today, get a coffee to go with it, and then enter the Alzheimer’s-afflicted world of Gabriel Schist, Victor, Bright New Day, and all of those weird little talking slugs that everyone keeps mentioning.

Pale Highway - Nicholas Conley

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?

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Happy Birthday Pale Highway

After all of the time I spent putting this book together, thinking about it, talking about it… it’s hard to believe that as of today, Pale Highway – a novel about life, death, and Alzheimer’s disease – is now celebrating its first birthday. Seriously, it’s been a year already? Crazy!

Though my essays on Vox, Huffington Post, Alzheimers.net, and so on have described my own personal experience working in the dementia unit of a nursing home, Pale Highway is the work that most fully encapsulates everything I believe about the importance of honoring those with Alzheimer’s, not just as patients, but as human beings.

For those of you who have been along with me on this wild, wacky ride since the beginning, thank you for your support, and thank you for taking the time to read my rather strange tale of a demented old genius, an incurable disease, a search for identity, and some talking slugs.

For those newcomers out there who haven’t yet hopped aboard “the pale highway”… when could be a better time than now, on its first birthday? Trust me, you’re in for a unique trip.

Cheers, everyone. And happy birthday, Pale Highway!

 

PALE HIGHWAY – Winner of the 2015 Preditors & Editors Award for Best Science Fiction & Fantasy Novel – now one year old, and still available on Paperback and Kindle!

Pale Highway - Nicholas Conley

Pale Highway – Nicholas Conley –

Something in the Nothing: Listen Now!

I’m happy to say that the world premiere of Something in the Nothing on WSCA was a rousing success! From beginning to end, it was an exceptional production, with fantastic ambiance, sound effects, and the talented cast of Erika Wilson, John Pearson, Jessica Rainville, Jessie Duthrie, David Phreaner, and Suzy Manzi.

Something in the Nothing - Nicholas Conley

Something in the Nothing – Nicholas Conley

But don’t just take my word for it: listen to it yourself!

For those of you who weren’t able to tune in during the premiere, don’t worry: you can now listen to Something in the Nothing online. Either listen to the Audio Theater archive for 08-23-2016 on WSCAFM.com, or just use the video file below:

 

Huge thanks to everyone at WSCA for putting this show together, particularly directors John Lovering and Jon Nash, the latter of whom is pictured here on the right.

Something in the Nothing - WSCA - Erika Wilson, Nicholas Conley, Jon Nash

Something in the Nothing – WSCA – Erika Wilson, Nicholas Conley, Jon Nash

 

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The cast of WSCA’s premiere of Something in the Nothing: A Radio Play includes John Pearson, David Phreanor, Jessie Duthrie, Suzy Manzi, Jessica Rainville, Erika Wilson

 

 

 

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Something in the Nothing: A Radio Play

Something in the Nothing Nicholas Conley Alzheimers radio play dementia nursing home new hampshire

From the author of Pale Highway comes a radio play that aired live on WSCA 106.1 FM in New Hampshire, on August 23rd, 2016. Set in a nursing home, Nicholas Conley’s Something in the Nothing tells the simple story of a conversation between an Alzheimer’s patient and his caregiver — a conversation that will have a dramatic impact upon both of their lives, forever.

Something in the Nothing stars the voices of John Pearson, Erika Wilson, Jessica Rainville, Jessie Duthrie, David Phreaner, and Suzy Manzi. The play was directed by John Lovering from an original script by Nicholas Conley.

Listen to Something in the Nothing below:

 

Something in the Nothing: A Radio Play about Alzheimer’s – Premiering Next Tuesday on 106.1 FM!

Next Tuesday, August 23rd, Portsmouth Community will air a live performance of my radio play, Something in the Nothing, on 106.1 FM in New Hampshire.

Drawn from the same experiences that fueled my novel, Pale Highway, Something in the Nothing is set in a nursing home, and tells the story of a conversation between an Alzheimer’s patient and his caregiver — a conversation that will have a dramatic impact upon both of their lives, forever.

Something in the Nothing - Nicholas Conley

Something in the Nothing – Nicholas Conley

Something in the Nothing will star the voices of actors John Pearson, Erika Wilson, Jessica Rainville, Jessie Duthrie, David Phreaner, and Suzy Manzi. Fellow New Hampshirities can tune in at 6:30 PM Eastern Time on Tuesday, August 23rd to hear it live – and those of you who are outside New Hampshire can listen to it live on the WSCA website, or if you aren’t available on the night of the broadcast, just give it a listen later on in the site’s Audio Theater archives!

I went to see the rehearsal on Wednesday night, and all I can say is that it blew me away: the sound design, the ambiance, and the performances of these actors have taken my script and created a truly heartfelt, beautiful production out of it. The people involved in making this are dedicating all of their tremendous talent to put together something truly remarkable, and I can’t wait to see the final production.

The Huffington Post: The Reality of Nursing Homes

For today’s update, I’m thrilled to share some exciting news with everybody: this morning, I have a piece up on The Huffington Post!

Read it here: The Reality of Nursing Homes

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My feature, “The Reality of Nursing Homes,” is a new examination of a subject that, as you all know, is very close to me, and I’ve taken this opportunity to write about my personal experience, the many serious problems with the nursing home system, and where we go from here.

But the truly agonizing thing about nursing homes is the facelessness of the system that all of these residents live in, locked into a bureaucratic structure where the bottom dollar matters more than human individuality, and where countless people spend the rest of their lives inside tiny shared rooms, hoping for a day where they can finally go back home. A day that, for too many, will never come.

The reality of nursing homes in the 21st century is something we should face as a society, together, and find productive solutions for. Especially as an aging society, with a massive wave of Baby Boomers racing toward a point where huge decisions will have to be made sooner instead of later.

I’m excited to have the chance to share my thoughts on The Huffington Post, and with all of you as well. As always, thank you for your support, reading, and comments; I can never express how much I appreciate all of it.

Cheers,

Nicholas