Jason Colavito (born 1981) is an American author. Colavito has written a number of books, including The Cult of Alien Gods (2005), Knowing Fear (2007), and Jason and the Argonauts Through the Ages (2014). His work has also appeared in Skeptic magazine.
|Education||Bachelor of Arts|
|Alma mater||Ithaca College, Ithaca, New York|
|Notable works||The Cult of Alien Gods: H.P. Lovecraft And Extraterrestrial Pop Culture|
Colavito attended Auburn High School, in Auburn, New York, and graduated summa cum laude from Ithaca College in Ithaca, New York, where he received a bachelor of arts degree in anthropology and journalism in 2003. In the spring of 2002, Colavito and two of his classmates from a television journalism class at Ithaca College interviewed ancient astronaut theorist Giorgio A. Tsoukalos in the living room of Tsoukalos's Ithaca home.
Colavito's work has largely focused on debunking "alternative archaeology" through his website Lost Civilizations Uncovered, his newsletter The Skeptical Xenoarchaeologist, his website JasonColavito.com, books, and the media. His work has been cited in The Huffington Post and on the History Channel.
In 2005, Colavito authored The Cult of Alien Gods: H. P. Lovecraft and Extraterrestrial Pop Culture, published by Prometheus Books. In the book, Colavito explores the influences of H. P. Lovecraft's Cthulhu Mythos on the popular works of Erich von Däniken (author of Chariots of the Gods?) and Graham Hancock, as well as its overall influence on "extraterrestrial pop culture". Through his website, Colavito also offers out-of-print works about alternative history, the occult, and speculative fiction.
- As author
- The Cult of Alien Gods: H. P. Lovecraft and Extraterrestrial Pop Culture (2005). Prometheus Books.
- Knowing Fear: Science, Knowledge, and the Development of the Horror Genre (2007). McFarland & Company.
- A Critical Companion to Ancient Aliens Seasons 3 and 4: Unauthorized (2012). Lulu.com.
- Faking History: Essays on Aliens, Atlantis, Monsters, and More (2013). CreateSpace.
- Unearthing the Truth: An Unauthorized Commentary on America Unearthed Season One (2013). CreateSpace.
- Cthulhu in World Mythology (2014). Atomic Overmind Press.
- Jason and the Argonauts Through the Ages (2014). McFarland & Company.
- The Mound Builder Myth: Fake History and the Hunt for a "Lost White Race", 2020 University of Oklahoma Press
- As editor
- A Hideous Bit of Morbidity: An Anthology of Horror Criticism from the Enlightenment to World War I (2009). McFarland & Company.
- Unseen Horror: 15 Tales of Invisibility and the Macabre (2011). JasonColavito.com Books.
- The Faust Book: And Other Early Stories of Dr. Faustus (2011). JasonColavito.com Books.
- Moon Men!: A Lunar Anthology of Proto-Science Fiction, A.D. 200–1835 (2012). JasonColavito.com Books.
- Theosophy on Ancient Astronauts (2012). JasonColavito.com Books.
- Pyramidiots: Outrageous Theories about the Great Pyramid (2012). JasonColavito.com Books.
- Foundations of Atlantis, Ancient Astronauts and Other Alternative Pasts: 148 Documents Cited by Writers of Fringe History (2015). McFarland & Company.
- As translator
- The Orphic Argonautica (2011). JasonColavito.com Books.
- The Xipéhux (2012). JasonColavito.com Books.
- Beth Beer, Cuddy (November 21, 2005). "New Book Sends The Saucers Spinning; Author Rebuts Claims Extraterrestrials Created Civilizations On Earth". Syracuse, NY. The Post-Standard.
- Colavito, Jason. "Jason Colavito Biography". Jason Colavito. Retrieved March 25, 2013.
- "Cult of Alien Gods". California Bookwatch. April 1, 2006. Retrieved March 25, 2013.
- Callahan, Tim (June 22, 2005). "Dawn of the Aquarian age". Skeptic.
- Cowie, Jonathan. "The Cult of Alien Gods: H. P. Lovecraft and Extraterrestrial Pop Culture". Non-Fiction Reviews. Science Fact & Science Fiction Concatenation. Retrieved March 25, 2013.
- "Achievers". Syracuse, NY. Post-Standard. August 7, 2003.
- Colavito, Jason (19 August 2011). "My Alien Afternoon with Giorgio Tsoukalos". JasonColavito.com. Jason Colavito. Retrieved 14 February 2014.
- Winick, Stephen D (July 8, 2014). "Killer Legends Available on DVD and iTunes". The Huffington Post. Retrieved June 9, 2015.
- Al-Atraqchi, Firas (December 5, 2012). "Let's Not Omit History Because It Is Convenient". The Huffington Post. Retrieved June 9, 2015.
- "AAD Podcast – Jason Colavito Interview" Archived 2016-03-05 at the Wayback Machine. Retrieved 2015-05-20.
- Joshi, S. T. (2006). Icons of Horror and the Supernatural: An Encyclopedia of Our Worst Nightmares. Greenwood. p. 126. ISBN 978-0313337802.
- Colavito, Jason. "JasonColavito.com Books". Retrieved April 19, 2017.
- External links
- Book reviews
- Janicker, Rebecca (November 2006). "Myth Maker". Science Fiction Studies. 33 (3): 553–554. doi:10.2307/4241482. JSTOR 4241482.
- Kattelman, Beth A. (1 December 2008). "Knowing Fear: Science, Knowledge and the Development of the Horror Genre". The Journal of Popular Culture. 41 (6): 1087–1088. doi:10.1111/j.1540-5931.2008.00565_10.x.
- Harlan, Wilson D. (January 2009). "The Science of Horror, the Horror of Science". Journal of the Fantastic in the Arts. 20 (1): 109–116.
- Janicker, Rebecca (March 2009). "What We Don't Know Won't Hurt Us". Science Fiction Studies. 36 (1): 155–157. JSTOR 25475216.
- Ransom, Amy J. (March 2010). "Delightful Horrors". Science Fiction Studies. 37 (1): 115–117. JSTOR 40649592.