Pictures from the Dover Public Library Event

A big thanks to everyone who made it to Pale Highway event on Monday night. It was an amazing time! Hope to have many more like it in the near future.

Check out some images down below!

Pale Highway: Book Trailer

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Hey all! Hope everyone had a great Halloween, and that you’ve all successfully recovered from any haunted trees (like the terrifying one pictured above), ghost stories, black magic, werewolf encounters, serial killings, possessed trick-or-treaters, and post-Halloween hangovers that you may have encountered. After another week packed full of busy happenings, I know that I now need to catch up on some Walking Dead episodes.

Red Adept Publishing has released a book trailer for Pale Highway. Check it out below:

Pale Highway: Links, Reviews and More!

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Greetings, everyone!  It’s now been a week since the ebook edition of Pale Highway was released on Amazon, and the ensuing whirlwind of activity has been a lot of fun.  So far, Pale Highway has climbed up in the Amazon Kindle Store to a rank of #12 in the “Alzheimer’s Disease” section.  Since then it’s slunk back down, but with an upcoming blog tour in November, reviews starting to come in, and the print release still a month away, I look forward to seeing it bounce back up there again soon!

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Reviews are starting to appear on both Amazon and Goodreads.  On Examiner.com, Misti Pyles writes the following:

“Pale Highway is a fast-paced ride into the mind of a man struggling against one of the most horrible diseases on the planet. Gabriel’s past is told in flashbacks to his youthful brilliance that contrast sharply with his Alzheimer’s symptoms. The enclosed world of the nursing home is his reality, and the other residents are vibrant characters who don’t understand Gabriel, or his struggles to save them. Even Gabriel doesn’t fully understand himself, but he wants to. Pale Highway brings his struggles for survival along with his fierce desire to hold off his symptoms long enough to save everyone around him to brilliant, beautiful life.”

 – Misti Pyles, Examiner.com

Also on Examiner, I was recently interviewed by John Valerie.  In the interview, we discuss Pale Highway, Alzheimer’s, and my inspiration behind the novel:

Hartford Books Examiner: “Pale Highway” is a sci-fi novel that holds cross-genre appeal. Who do you envision as the book’s audience — and in what ways can such broad appeal both help and hinder marketing?

Nicholas Conley: I feel that the audience for this kind of story is diverse, as the subject of Alzheimer’s is something that impacts an enormous number of people. Since I started writing about Alzheimer’s, I’ve been astonished by just how many people have passionately written to me, to tell me their story, to talk about how Alzheimer’s has changed their lives in one way or another: people with Alzheimer’s, their family members, caregivers, healthcare professionals. And at the same time, while witnessing such a genuine response, it’s then rather shocking to watch how just little attention our popular media gives to people with Alzheimer’s. The media generally looks away from dementia, jokes about it or makes it into a minor subplot, when it’s a condition that’s fully worthy of being front and center.

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Believe it or not, but there’s still more! On SFFWorld.com, I wrote a guest post where I discuss the value of speculative fiction, and why the battle between it and literary fiction should be put to a rest. To check it out, follow this link: The Value of Speculative Fiction

There’s this strange idea that literary fiction and speculative fiction are in fierce opposition to each other, but in reality, both forms of literature are nothing but different techniques in which to tell a story. There’s this even stranger idea that speculative fiction—call it genre fiction, sci-fi, horror, fantasy, you get the gist—is somehow “lesser” than literary fiction, and thus that it must be looked down upon, and put on a lower shelf. This attitude leads to bizarre developments, such as how Kurt Vonnegut—who is clearly a science fiction author, considering all his writings about Tralfamadorians, timequakes, and more—is not generally regarded by the literary establishment as a writer of science fiction, mainly because the cultural importance of his work means that if they were to admit such a thing, they would also have to acknowledge that sci-fi can be just as significant as literary fiction.

In addition, we still haven’t discussed the upcoming blog tour in November. Pale Highway‘s tour will be hosted by Sage’s Blog Tours, and so far is set to include reviews from such excellent blogs as Book to the Future, Stalking Shelves and Big Al’s Books and Pals.  For more information on the Pale Highway tour (or contact details for any bloggers who might be interested in joining up!) check it out over at Sage’s Blog Tours.

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More updates coming soon! Cheers to all of you who’ve been here since the early days of Writings, Readings and Coffee Addictions, and also to the many others who have joined up along the way. If it were possible for me to send all of you a digital cup of celebratory coffee, I would.

Pale Highway on Amazon

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“Steeped in suspense, Conley’s novel delves into the darker recesses of the medical establishment. Gabriel is a sympathetic character, and the reader is pulled into his private struggles.”

– Publishers Weekly

“Pale Highway brings his struggles for survival along with his fierce desire to hold off his symptoms long enough to save everyone around him to brilliant, beautiful life.”

– Examiner.com

“Pale Highway by Nicholas Conley is at once a tautly written sci-fi/fantasy novel, a probing character study, a medical thriller, and a literary gem that explores the complexities and nuances of the human condition.” 

– Michael Fedison

With a growing elderly population, this book serves as not only a character study on one man’s fight against his own mind and body but also to highlight the continuing need to help the older generation and try to understand before it is our turn.

– Steve Johnson

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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?

 

Release Day: Pale Highway

After all this time, it’s finally here.  I’m proud to announce that, as of today, Pale Highway is finally available on Amazon.
“Steeped in suspense, Conley’s novel delves into the darker recesses of the medical establishment.”
– Publishers Weekly
“Pale Highway brings his struggles for survival along with his fierce desire to hold off his symptoms long enough to save everyone around him to brilliant, beautiful life.”
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What I’m feeling right now is so surreal that I can’t quite put my finger on the right word to describe it. I wrote Pale Highway because I believe that people with Alzheimer’s—people who suffer from a neurodegenerative disease that cannot be prevented, cured or slowed down—deserve recognition. It’s crazy to look back on that first day I began typing this story, or the first day that I set foot in a nursing home and met the many residents who lived there, amazing human beings would have such an unexpected impact on my life. Pale Highway is a book inspired by my connection with these courageous people, conceived during my experiences in healthcare, and finally born here, now, today, in the form of this book that I’ve spent the last few years pouring my heart into.
And so now, here it is, and I hope you all enjoy the read.

 

New Alzheimer’s Article on HeadStuff

I’ve written a new article about Alzheimer’s, this time for the Brain/Body section of HeadStuff.org.  Whereas my last piece was a personal essay, this one is a technical analysis of what Alzheimer’s is, what Alzheimer’s does, and where it comes from.  Check it out below:

HeadStuff.Org: 10 Surprising Facts About Alzheimer’s

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Enjoy the read!

Plenty of news coming up in the near future, as Pale Highway‘s \release is now only a few short days away! Hard to believe that it’s almost here after all this time. In any case, I’ll see you all on Tuesday, as Gabriel Schist meets the world.

Have a great weekend!

Prepare for TWO Different Release Dates

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As Pale Highway gets closer and closer to seeing the world, I wanted to give you guys a quick heads-up regarding the release dates–yes, two of them! Basically, the ebook and print versions of Pale Highway will be released on different days.

  • Ebook (Kindle, ePub, et cetera): October 20th
  • Paperback: December

Now, there will be a limited number of paperback copies available before December, but those will only be available at book signings, readings, and so on, and will not be online.  The official paperback version of Pale Highway will pop onto Amazon just in time for the holidays.

Apologies to those who are primarily print readers—I’m one of you, I understand!—but this is simply a technical concern, and I promise that the extra month will fly by.

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Art by Marco Chiu

The Proof has Arrived

Though Pale Highway is still a little ways from release day, the first prototype copy of the book finally arrived on my doorstep yesterday, direct from Red Adept Publishing. It’s impossible to describe what a cathartic feeling it is to see the story fully realized; what was once just an idea in my mind is now a physical object, a gateway to a world that has moved beyond the grasp of its creator and will soon belong to the readers far more than it belongs to me.

Out of everything that I’ve ever written, Pale Highway has been the story that has impacted me the most. It’s truly amazing to be able to share it with the world this way, and I can’t wait until it’s finally available for others.

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Pale Highway Has a Release Date

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Greetings, everyone! Though we knew that Pale Highway was going to be revealing itself to the world sometime this fall, I’ve received word from Red Adept Publishing that Pale Highway now has an official release date:

October 20th, 2015.

Still a couple months off, but not so long!  Expect to see more and more information as the date draws nearer.  In the meantime, feel free to check out the book on Goodreads, or join Red Adept’s Facebook event page!

Goodreads

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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?

COVER REVEAL: Nicholas Conley’s PALE HIGHWAY

Here it is, guys!

As you all know, I’ve been hinting about the mysterious “Novel #2” for a long time.  Now, it’s time to pull back the shroud of secrecy and show you what I’ve been working on.

So, let’s cut through the curtains and see what’s waiting on the other side:

My next book, PALE HIGHWAY, will be coming to you this fall, from Red Adept Publishing!

PALE HIGHWAY

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?

Coming Fall 2015