“An estimated 5.4 million Americans of all ages have Alzheimer’s disease in 2016. Of the 5.4 million Americans with Alzheimer’s, an estimated 5.2 million people are age 65and older, and approximately 200,000 individuals are under age 65 (younger-onset Alzheimer’s).”
On March 12th, 2015, the writing world lost one of its greatest contemporary heroes – Sir Terrence “Terry” Pratchett. To honor his life, a group of writers published an anthology of stories that showcased his influence on their writing, and which also helped bring awareness of the disease that contributed to his end, Alzheimer’s Disease. That anthology was The Longest Night Watch, volume 1.
It was a success, and the group–now known as “The Longest Night Watch” Volume 1–went on to enter a writing competition, coming in second by fractions of a point. The submissions from that writing competition are in this volume, along with original short stories and poems from many of the contributors to the first volume, and a slew of new authors. Contributors to this volume are: Amanda Parker Adams, Andrew Barber, AR Harlow, Becca Bachlott, Brittany Tucker, Carol Gyzander, Cayleigh Stickler, D.R. Perry, Debbie Manber Kupfer, Fiona Teh, Georgette Frey, Janet Gershen-Siegel, Jennifer Stibbards, Joshua L. Cejka, Kate Post, Katelyn Scarlett, L. Anne Wooley, Michael J. Medeiros, Michael Walton, R.R. Virdi, Ryn Richmond, Skye Hegyes, Thomas E. Harper, Trine Jensegg, Virginia Carraway Stark and the team of The Longest Night Watch.
The statistics are frightening. 5.4 million Americans have Alzheimers. Worldwide, nearly 44 million people have Alzheimer’s or a related dementia. (Alzheimer’s Disease International) Only 1-in-4 people with Alzheimer’s disease have been diagnosed.
Chances are pretty much everyone knows of someone, perhaps a relative, who has it or has died from it. The stories in this anthology range from humorous Terry Pratchett-eqsue tales, to intimate looks into the lives of Alzheimer’s patients and their families.
Announcing Volume 2 of The Longest Night Watch. 50% more aliens, 700% more heart!
Preorder the ebook here, or click the cover image above. A paperback version will go live in October.