Tag Archives: MC1964

JFOUND: Nicholas, Douglas (MC1964) does Woodstock on 2014-04-19


Hi Folks,

I’m going to be reading from my second novel, The Wicked, and signing copies, at The Golden Notebook, 29 Tinker St., Woodstock, NY, on Saturday, April 19, at 2 p.m. Please join us if you can! 


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JEMAIL: Nicholas, Douglas (MC1964) signing New Paltz 04Apr@1900


Hi Folks,

Just a gentle reminder that I’ll be reading from and signing copies of The Wicked, the sequel to Something Red, at Inquiring Minds Bookstore in New Paltz on Friday, April 4, at 7 p.m.

Inquiring Minds Bookstore
6 Church Street
New Paltz, NY 12561

(845) 255-8300

Optional: You can sign up for the event on Facebook:


See the attached for the cover.

Hope you can make it!



Nicholas, Douglas (MC1964) 

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JEMAIL: Nicholas, Douglas (MC1964) does an interview


Hi Folks,

I did a nice interview with The Qwillery; it’s just gone online today. Take a peek!


(If you’d prefer not to receive these emails, just let me know by replying.)



Nicholas, Douglas (MC1964) 

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JEMAIL: Nicholas, Douglas (MC1964) book signing


Hi Folks,

I’ll be reading from and signing copies of The Wicked, the sequel to Something Red, at The Inquiring Mind Bookstore in Saugerties on Saturday, March 29, at 3 p.m.

The Inquiring Mind
65 Partition Street
Saugerties, NY 12477

See the attached for the cover.

Hope you can make it!



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JEMAIL: Nicholas, Douglas (MC1964) has a preview


Hi Folks,

A FREE e-short story, The Demon, will be available for your Kindle, Nook, or stone tablet tomorrow, March 18, at:


or at Amazon:


It’s set in the castle featured in Something Red, although the action takes place before that novel’s story begins. There’s a bonus: The first chapter of the forthcoming novel, The Wicked, is included.

The Wicked itself debuts in a week, on March 25!

Regards to all,


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Nicholas, Douglas (MC1964) 

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JEMAIL: Roche, John J. (MC1964) responds “hung by our own petard”


12:03 AM 

The Catholic Church gave the UN credibility by associating with it. Popes have addressed the General Assembly. The UN is mentioned in official documents as a potential instrument of world peace.

It is now difficult to challenge its diktats. We are hung by our own petard.

Why did the hierarchy not recognize the obvious, i.e., that the UN was founded as, and continues to be, an instrument for world secularism and socialism?

It is not too late to say: “We do not consent. We withdraw from the UN and we will speak the truth about it.”

John J Roche ’64A

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Roche, John J. (MC1964)

[JR: (1) Holy Mother Church is run by idealistic socialists that’s why they like the “UN”. They think that it will make everything right in an imperfect world. When you look at the UN’s track record, it’s about “control”. Strategically, look who chairs their Human Rights Commission. Tactically, look at the corruption. (2) The USA politicians are just as stupid. We pay for a venue that does nothing, but when it does it’s against our national interest. And, it makes a mess of New Your with all the “diplomats”. I’ve long supported withdrawal. (3) Thanks for reading and responding. Sometimes a monologue makes me think I’m wasting my time and everyone’s electrons. Dona Nobis Pacem  (but it ain’t gonna come from the UN.]

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JNEWS: Nicholas, Douglas (MC1964) Reviews of his book “THE WICKED”




The 13th-century traveling troupe of players from Nicholas’s debut, Something Red, returns in another meticulously plotted and researched blend of horror and historical fantasy. Irish queen-in-exile Molly and her granddaughter Nemain learn of a supernatural entity preying upon those living along North Sea coast. The two, with help from strongman Jack and 15-year-old Hob, must stop a local nobleman who seems able to drain the life force from people and leave them as either withered corpses or mindless slaves. More suspenseful and gothic than the gorier first novel, this sequel also shows readers more of Molly’s pagan powers as she pits them against the vampiric Sir Tarquin. VERDICT An almost Dickensian level of detail transports readers to medieval England in poet Nicholas’s gorgeously written novel. The players, especially point-of-view character Hob, are nuanced and interesting, but it is the setting and tense action that make this a gripping read.

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Review from the Historical Novel Society:
The Wicked
By Douglas Nicholas

In this sequel to the well-received Something Red, travelling entertainers Molly, Jack, Nemain, and Hob are in 13th-century northern England at Castle Blanchefontaine. Molly is actually a mystical Irish battle queen, Nemain is her powerful granddaughter, and Jack, a former Crusader, is helping Hob learn warrior skills. They have defeated a great evil, but are asked to fight a bigger and even more dangerous supernatural enemy. The quartet must deal with many dangers, such as a nefarious noble couple, fearsome, glowing-eyed familiars, weirdly spell-bound knights, and grotesque corpses of murdered unfortunates. The fate of the world is at stake, and they may not be victorious.

This book is harsher and more violent than Something Red. While it has elements of history, mystery, and romance, they are overshadowed by the horror theme. The faint-hearted may want to sleep with the lights on after finishing this book. Still, by the end of the story Nicholas is writing evocative, poetic scenes for Nemain and Hob that are a joyful contrast to all the terror and violence that went before. Recommended with reservations.

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Review from Kirkus Reviews:

Author: Douglas Nicholas

Review Issue Date: February 15, 2014
Online Publish Date: February 6, 2014
Publisher:Emily Bestler/Atria
Pages: 368
Price ( Paperback ): $16.00
Publication Date: March 25, 2014
ISBN ( Paperback ): 978-1-4516-6024-1
Category: Fiction

Nicholas’ sequel to his historical saga, Something Red (2012), continues the haunting tale of exiled Irish queen Maeve and her cohorts in medieval north England.

Maeve’s troop rests at the castle of the Sieur de Blanchefontaine, Sir Jehan, the place where she defeated an evil presence, one appearing as a fox “the size of a small horse.” Maeve is with her granddaughter, Nemain; former crusader Jack Brown; and the orphan Hob, now Squire Robert under Sir Jehan’s patronage. Word of trouble comes from lands of the Sieur de Chantemerle, Sir Odinell. A Northumbria newcomer, Sir Tarquin, is “secretive,” “barely civil,” and soon after his arrival, “affairs began to go awry.” Knights are spellbound. Peasants disappear and are found as corpses, “horribly wizened…skin…brown and harsh as bark…interior collapse along fault lines deep in the flesh.” Sir Jehan persuades Maeve to help Sir Odinell. After the journey to castle Chantemerle, Maeve glimpses evil emanating from Sir Tarquin and realizes “there’s a fell being that haunts this coast: something dire, something vast.” Nicholas is a marvelously descriptive writer, littering the narrative with images of table fare at inns (“cruppy-dows, cakes made of oatmeal and fish”), medieval dialects (“a few miles tae t’sooth, sithee”) and battledress (“mail hauberks and coifs, armored gloves, greaves, and helms”). Major character development comes as Hob matures into the future-queen Nemain’s worthy betrothed and warrior-protector, and the dark, violent tale moves rapidly as Maeve’s troop journeys through desperate adventures and into Northumbria, meeting charcoal makers, slaying bandits and staying a “sennight” at Abelard Inn awaiting the summons of Sir Odinell to confront Sir Tarquin. And much like a more profound Harry Potter for adults, Nicholas’ fantasy-laced knights-of-old saga ends with opportunity for more to come.

Nicholas weaves the magic of wizards and sorceress—buidseach and cailleach phiseogach—so naturally into the medieval milieu that Maeve’s tale reads as entertaining historical fiction rather than a fey supernatural tale.

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JEMAIL: Scarlata, Richard M. (MC1964) reports Annunziata, Frank [MC1964 RIP]



Frank Annunziata, MP’60 and MC’64 passed away a few days ago. No further details:

Condolences may be sent to:

Paul and Jessica Annunziata

390 1st Ave

Apt 14G

New York, New York 10010

Richard M. Scarlata, MP’60, MC’64


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Scarlata, Richard M. (MC1964)

Annunziata, Frank [MC1964 RIP]

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JEMAIL: Nicholas, Douglas (MC1964) throws a teaser

Hi Folks,

Here’s a New Year’s Day present from the 13th century to start your year!

Simon and Schuster asked me to write a short story to serve as a teaser for the Something Red novels: Something Red, The Wicked, and the as-yet untitled third volume of the trilogy. S&S will use it in some fashion to promote the books.

Here is the result: The Demon, which takes place before the events of Something Red. The four protagonists of the novels are not present, but it features several major subsidiary characters of those novels.

I hope you enjoy it.

Happy New Year!


Nicholas, Douglas (MC1964) 

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JFOUND: DiPiazza, Philip S. [MC1964] co-author Introduction to Wireless Systems



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Introduction to Wireless Systems

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Philip S. DiPiazza received a B.E.E from Manhattan College in 1964, an M.E. in electrical engineering from New York University in 1965, and a Ph.D. (electrical engineering) from the Polytechnic Institute of New York in 1976. His career spans more than 40 years of professional experience in industry, academe, and private practice. During the first ten years of his career, he was a systems engineer engaged in the development of advanced airborne radar systems at the Norden Division of United Technologies. He joined Bell Laboratories (AT&T) in 1977, where, as a systems engineer and technical manager, he was engaged in the development of cellular mobile telephone (AMPS) and later wireless PBX systems. Dr. DiPiazza was responsible for the system integration and test of the first North American deployment of AMPS. SInce retiring from AT&T Labs in 1998, he has served as an industry management consultant, Executive Director at Rutgers WINLAB, and Vice President and General Manager of the Melbourne Division of SAFCO Technologies, Inc. As a Visiting Professor at the Florida Institute of Technology, he was founding director for its Wireless Center of Excellence and developed graduate programs in wireless. He is currently an Adjunct Professor at the Rose-Hulman Institute of Technology and a Senior Consultant with Award Solutions, Inc. Dr. DiPiazza is an advisor and member of the al Consortium and a member of the IEEE.

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DiPiazza, Philip S. [MC1964]

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