BOOKS FEATURING ME
Invented Knowledge: False History, Fake Science and Pseudo-Religions by Ronald Fritze (Reaktion Books, 2009).
Ronald Fritze discusses alternative history movements and the reasons many have accepted false claims about history.
He says that in The Cult of Alien Gods I "plausibly credited some of H. P. Lovecraft's horror tales from the 1920s
and '30s about primeval aliens visiting earth and creating life with inspiring the theories of Erich von Daniken and others
that space-travellers visited earth in prehistoric and historic times and were viewed as gods" (p. 14).
Starstruck: Cosmic Visions in Science, Religion and Folklore by Albert A. Harrison (Berghahn Books, 2007). Albert
A. Harrison, an emeritus professor of psychology, writes about the intersection of myth, religion, and science in the search
for meaning in the cosmos. In so doing, he draws frequently on my Cult of Alien Gods to describe the history of the
ancient astronaut movement and its frequent intersection with science fiction and fantasy fiction.
Icons of Horror and the Supernatural: An Encyclopedia of Our Worst Nightmares,
ed. S. T. Joshi (Greenwood Press, 2006).
S. T. Joshi, the best-known Lovecraft scholar, writes that I present "convincing evidence that such proponents of the
theory of extraterrestrial visitation as Erich von Daniken and Graham Hancock were directly or indirectly inspired by Lovecraft's
tales..." (p. 126).
The Da Vinci Mole: A Philosophical Parody by Ian Browne (Ben Bella Books, 2006).
This parody of The Da Vinci Code cites me in the bibliography, so I apparently have something to do with the
book's humorous take on the ancient "mystery" of the gods from outer space.
PAPERS FEATURING ME
The Nature of Horror and Modern Theorists, paper presented to the 2009 conference of the Classical Association
of the Midwest and South, by Edmund P. Cueva (Xavier University).
Cueva cites Knowing Fear
as a major work of horror theory that he used to help drive debate at a panel discussion
on horror literature in classical antiquity. "Interestingly for this panel, [Colavito] notes
that the ancient world did not develop the horror tale in the modern sense," Cueva wrote. "He is careful to point out that
the fear felt in the horror genre is not the fear one has in a real-life fright, rather it is an 'artistic emotion.'" The
abstract can be read here.
The Attraction of Sloppy Nonsense: Resolving Cognitive Estrangement in Stargate through the Technologizing
of Mythology, a master's thesis by Sandra (Sonny) Whitelaw (University of Queensland, 2007).
The thesis is an exegisis of Whitelaw's own Stargate
tie-in novel, explaining its background in terms of
the ancient astronaut movement and the blurring of boundaries between science fiction and fantasy, supported by my Cult
of Alien Gods.
Read it here
STORIES ABOUT ME
Praise in The Journal of the Fantastic in the Arts vol. 20 (2009).
In "The Science of Horror, the Horror of Science" D. Harlan Wilson takes an extended and excellent critical look at my
Knowing Fear. Wilson praises my book: "This is among the finest introductions to the horror genre I have read."
Review in Science Fiction Studies vol. 36 (2009).
Rebecca Janicker of the University of Nottingham praises my Knowing Fear: "[T]his is an accessible and thought-provoking book [that] usefully sets an agenda for debate in charting
the changing societal and fictional emphases in horror fiction through time and cultural change."
Praise in H. P. Lovecraft's Magazine of Horror (Spring/Summer 2007)
In "Kudos for Cthulhu," a summary of recent books about H. P. Lovecraft, Peter Cannon devotes the first half
of his essay to me and says that "Jason Colavito makes a convincing case in his highly readable study from Prometheus Books,
The Cult of Alien Gods."
Review in Science Fiction Studies vol. 33 (2006)
Rebecca Janicker of the University of Portsmouth praises my Cult of Alien Gods
in Science Fiction Studies
"The observations about the place for a pseudo-scientific belief in extraterrestrials in an increasingly-decadent Western
world sit nicely with existing Lovecraft scholarship." Read it here
Skeptical Inquirer Reviews Me
The September-October 2006 Skeptical Inquirer features a review
of The Cult of Alien Gods.
Skeptic's Dictionary Takes Me On
Robert Todd Carroll's Skeptic's Dictionary
newsletter discusses my take
on supernatural television. (Be sure to note the correction at the end of the article.) Read it here
Praise from Archaeology Magazine
Magazine praised Lost Civilizations Uncovered
in its March/April 2006 issue, singling
out my "smartly written" articles: "The next time you hear someone favorably cite Hancock or von Däniken, send them to Colavito."
You can read the full review here
Jason Colavito on Los Angeles' Air Talk
Listen to a radio interview award-winning host Larry Mantle did with me
on Air Talk, a public affairs radio program airing on Los Angeles' KPCC 89.3 FM in January 2006. I discussed The
Cult of Alien Gods, the influence of H. P. Lovecraft, and more. Listen here.
Sending the Saucers Spinning
Read a November 2005 interview with me in the Syracuse, NY Post-Standard here
Far Out: Where Went the Ancient Astronauts? by Nathan Schneider / The Smart Set
Read about the history of the ancient astronaut movement and its decline from its 1970s heights in this insightful October
2008 article that draws on my Cult of Alien Gods
and quotes me about the ancient astronaut craze. Read the article
Atlantis Ho! by Mike Sula / Chicago Reader
Read about controversial author David Hatcher Childress's unique views. The article features a quote from me about Childress's
use of the conditional tense to hedge his claims, as well as Childress's claim that I don't know anything about him because
I relate his work to the ancient astronaut/alternative archaeology movement. Read the article here
Dave Explains It All by Dan Allison / ArticlesGratuits.com
Read about controversial author David Icke's unique world view. The article features a discussion of The Cult of
Alien Gods and applies it to Icke. [No longer online as of 9/15/06.]
The New Shoggoth Chic by Amy H. Sturgis / Apex Science Fiction and Horror Digest 1, no. 4 (December
Sturgis explores the convergence of Lovecraft-themed literature, cinema, and other products in 2005 with mention of my
Cult of Alien Gods
among many others. Read it here
Was the First Queen of Denmark a Man? by Morten Monrad Pedersen / Skeptic Report