More artwork inspired by The Cage Legacy

The train to Pale Highway, my upcoming novel from Red Adept Publishing, is now rushing forward. But looking back for a second, I recently received this amazing, beautiful piece of art inspired by The Cage Legacy, created by Shelley Custer.  It was an unexpected gift, and I think it really captured the book’s tone and personality in a fantastic way, so I wanted to take this chance to share her work:

Nicholas Conley's The Cage Legacy. Artwork created by Shelley Custer

Nicholas Conley’s The Cage Legacy. Artwork created by Shelley Custer

To see more artwork inspired by The Cage Legacy, check out this earlier post, containing pieces by such artists as André Levi Machado Chasqueira.  Also, if anyone else out there is interested in sending any artwork inspired by my books, I’d love to see it!


Pictures from the 2014 New England Authors Expo

First of all, here’s a photographer by the amazingly talented Joey Walker:

Photograph taken by Joey Walker.

Photograph of Mr. Nicholas Conley, taken by Joey Walker.

And then, my own meager efforts via cell phone:




As you can tell, this is actually a “blurograph,” certainly not a photograph.


The Cage Legacy-Inspired Artwork

As a writer, there are few things quite so amazing as watching the world that one has created – the world that began as a small idea in one’s head – spread outward and become something real, tangible and outside of oneself.  Reading interpretations of your work, hearing discussions on the characters, knowing that all of these people are now sharing the experience that was once trapped inside of you, fighting to get out, it’s an amazing thing.

…not to mention, it’s incredibly cool to see what happens when talented artists create visual depictions of your work!   And on that note, here are a few excellent The Cage Legacy-inspired pieces, for your viewing pleasure.  Which art pieces do you guys think capture the story the best?  Which are your favorites?


The Cage Legacy - Art by André Levi Machado Chasqueira.

The Cage Legacy – Ethan Cage – art by André Levi Machado Chasqueira.


The Cage Legacy - art by BloodyHorsey

The Cage Legacy – Father and son – art by BloodyHorsey


Art by StrongStronger

The Cage Legacy – Ethan and Whitney – art by StrongStronger


Ethan Cage - art by Zamurai

The Cage Legacy – Ethan Cage – art by Dazg.


The Cage Legacy - art by Ahmed Shaltout.

The Cage Legacy – art by Ahmed Shaltout.



The Flores Factor interviews Nicholas Conley


I recently was interviewed by Richard Flores IV for an author feature on his website, The Flores Factor.  We discussed a variety of subjects – including writing, The Cage Legacy, embarrassing author mistakes, and even a little bit about Iceland.  To read the full interview, click on the following link!

Author interview: NICHOLAS CONLEY

Enjoy the read, guys!

EDIT:  On a side note, WordPress has just informed me that this blog entry is officially the 50th post on Writings, Readings and Coffee Addictions.  A big thanks goes out to all of you reading this, following, liking, commenting and so on.   Here’s to the many more posts yet to come!


Mark Rothko’s Black on Maroon, over at the Tate Modern in London.

This Weekend: AnthoCon 2013 in Portsmouth!

That’s right, I’ll be attending AnthoCon this weekend, November 9th and 10th- the Anthology 2013 Conference in Portsmouth, New Hampshire!

Held at the Holiday Inn, AnthoCon is celebrating its third year this time around.  Access to the dealer room is FREE (!!!),  a day pass for all panels and readings is only $20 and as usual, there will be a literary ocean full of terrific horror/sci-fi/genre authors swimming all over the place.

I’ll be there on Saturday and Sunday with my publisher, Post Mortem Press.  More information on the convention can be found on its official website,


-Nicholas Conley

Happy birthday, THE CAGE LEGACY!

It’s pretty surreal to think that a year has already gone by so fast.  So much has changed, so many things have happened, but it still feels like it was just yesterday that I was steadily putting Ethan Cage’s story together, still preparing the book that would end up being my debut novel.  The thrill I felt at its publication is hard to describe, but easy to remember, easy to relive.  It was an overwhelming kind of excitement, an amazing sense of wonderment that still hasn’t quite faded, even all of this time later.

So, why am I posting this?  Because as of tomorrow, October 18th, The Cage Legacy officially turns one year old.

Happy birthday, Ethan, Carter, Mary, Chief Johnson and all.  Happy birthday.

And hey, by the way!  Cheers to all of you guys, my WordPress and Facebook followers.  Thank you for sticking around.  My interactions with all of you have become a regular source of joy, and I always look forward to logging in and seeing what’s happenin’.  Here’s to the future!


As always, The Cage Legacy is available on!

-Nicholas Conley

The Characters of THE CAGE LEGACY


Photo taken by Jason Harris.

At its core, The Cage Legacy is a story about a single character.  It’s a story about a quiet, self-conscious teenager with a horrifyingly dark, brutal past.  A teenager named Ethan Cage – a kid who just happens to be the son of a brilliant serial killer dubbed “the Mutilator.”

Yes, The Cage Legacy is a psychological thriller.  It’s a novel that is primarily concerned with the fragile mental status of its protagonist, a novel that ruthlessly tears away all of Ethan’s defenses, forcing the wounded adolescent to face the very things that he fears the most.    Because of this psychological focus, most of what I’ve written about the novel – including my essay, Why I wrote The Cage Legacy – has  examined the nature of this conflicted character, opening up his back story, holding a magnifying glass to the remarkably painful situation that Ethan has grown up in.

However, although Ethan is the central focus of The Cage Legacy – and although he is certainly quite an introvert – it’s important to recognize that, like any human being, Ethan doesn’t operate out of a void.  He has loved ones.  Friends.  A community.  Enemies.  He has an entire world around him, a small town full of people who are constantly watching his every move, waiting for him to exhibit the same dangerous traits as his father.  There are many important figures in Ethan’s life, and it’s time to take a brief glance at just who these people are.

So, who are the characters of The Cage Legacy? Let’s take a look.


Ethan Cage – A quiet loner.  A troubled rebel.  A kind-hearted older brother, and a devoted boyfriend.  A surprisingly intelligent kid who sits in the back of the high school classroom making sarcastic comments – and as a result, falls in and out of suspension every other week – instead of applying himself.  Seventeen-year-old Ethan Cage, the protagonist of The Cage Legacy, is like any other teenager; he doesn’t know who he is.  He doesn’t know how he fits into the world.  He struggles to create his own identity.  He feels lost. Powerless.  But Ethan has other problems; he’s haunted by the knowledge that his adoring father, Carter Cage, was secretly a violent serial killer.  In The Cage Legacy, Ethan will be forced to piece together the shattered fragments of his past – and hopefully not lose himself in the process.

Carter Cage – Professionally, Carter Cage was once a respected cryogenic engineer.  At home, he was a loving, protective family man – a hero to his son Ethan, and the best husband that his wife Evita could’ve ever asked for.  But when the truth was revealed – the sinister, brutal truth – it all came crashing down.  Behind the scenes, Carter Cage had been operating as a ruthless serial killer, a twisted scientist nicknamed “The Mutilator,” who performed sadistic science experiments upon his helpless victims.  Since then, Carter was been locked up in prison, and none of his loved ones have ever quite recovered from the shock.

Whitney Dyson – Whitney, Ethan’s girlfriend, is a girl who wants to make a difference.  She wants to help people, she wants to save the outcasts, and she wants to prove her worth to the world…but this devotion is often undermined by her own vulnerability.  Whitney is surprisingly fragile, with deep scars inflicted on her by a painful upbringing with an abusive stepfather, and a mother that was always too scared to speak up.  She has a history of dating troubled outcasts, but she’s never dated a boy quite like Ethan Cage…

Evita Cruz – It’s not easy being the ex-wife of a psychopath.  Evita, Ethan’s mother, is a woman who has never really learned how to stand on her own two feet. She’s always felt scared.  Lonely.  Vulnerable.  So instead of fixing herself, she’s learned to cope, and she’s turned to a reliable crutch: prescription drugs.  She loves her two children, but she can’t handle them.  She can’t handle herself.

Mary Cage – Ethan’s little sister Mary is too young to remember her father.  She’s lived her whole life in the aftershock of tragedy, often bearing the brunt of her mother’s frustrations.  Mary almost never talks.  She doesn’t have many friends.  But she loves her older brother; Ethan is the only person in her life who’s always loved her, unconditionally.

Chris Vong – Chris is a hyper-sensitive outcast who desperately wants to fit into the mainstream; if the popular kids smoke, he smokes.  If they wear saggy jeans, he wears saggy jeans.  If they drink, he drinks.  Like a starving child, he clings to the affections of his best friend, Ethan Cage, hoping that Ethan will lead him down the right path.

Anthony Keyes – Ethan’s other best friend, Anthony completes the trio of teenagers.  But unlike his friends, Anthony is actually fairly happy with his life.  Smart, observant and remarkably understanding, Anthony has the keen instincts of a future journalist – and a dry, sarcastic wit that allows him to get through every day with a cocky smile

Police Chief Lando Johnson – Chief Johnson is a man with a brain like an encyclopedia, a man who has used that brain to memorize the names, addresses and personal histories of everyone in his entire town.  He’s a man with connections, connections that can get him anything and everything he needs.  Chief Johnson doesn’t need to look up your information; if you dare to venture into his territory, he already knows everything about you.  And lately, he’s been taking a lot of interest in a certain seventeen-year-old with father issues…

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The Cage Legacy is available on  Thanks for reading, and I’ll see you guys next week!

-Nicholas Conley