Slugs in Real Life

When real life starts to resemble the books you write, well…

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… Pale Highway fans will understand my amusement.

No, this little guy didn’t start talking to me, and definitely didn’t mention anything about a “Sky Amoeba,” but when I happened upon him in the backyard, I couldn’t help but take notice.

Hope you’re all doing well!


REBLOG: Something in the Nothing: A Radio Play

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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:

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True Tales Live: “Day One” (Video)

This past month, I was honored with the opportunity to appear on the second season premiere of the local NH television program, True Tales Live.  As with the True Tales radio program that preceded it, True Tales Live seeks to give storytellers the opportunity to share actual stories from their life.

For this episode of True Tales Live, I shared my story, “Day One,” where I delve back into my early days working in a nursing home, as a nursing aide on a longterm care unit, and how that experience changed my views, my perception, and my way of trying to be there for other people.

Though the series can be watched on local TV in the NH area, everyone else can check it out here on the official True Tales YouTube! My section begins around 46:50, in the video below:


Other storytellers in this episode include Arnie Alpert, Emilie Spaulding, Gail Licciardello, Joanne Piazzi, and Annette Slattery. Definitely worth watching, and to everyone behind the scenes, thank you for putting this program together.

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.



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?

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,, 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, 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



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