|Education||Bachelor of Arts|
|Alma mater||Ithaca College, Ithaca, New York|
|Notable work(s)||The Cult of Alien Gods: H.P. Lovecraft And Extraterrestial 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.
Colavito's work has largely focused on debunking "alternative archaeology" via his web-based magazine Lost Civilizations Uncovered, his newsletter The Skeptical Xenoarchaeologist, as well as books, articles and documentary work. His investigative research has been cited in The Atlantic and The Huffington Post, and featured 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 (Chariots of the Gods?) and Graham Hancock, as well as its overall influence on "extraterrestrial pop culture".
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 has stated that this interview took place several weeks before his 21st birthday.
- The Cult of Alien Gods: H. P. Lovecraft and Extraterrestrial Pop Culture (2005)
- Knowing Fear: Science, Knowledge, and the Development of the Horror Genre (2008)
- A Hideous Bit of Morbidity: An Anthology of Horror Criticism from the Enlightenment to World War I (2009)
- 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.
- Joshi, S. T. (2006). Icons of Horror and the Supernatural: An Encyclopedia of Our Worst Nightmares. Greenwood. p. 126. ISBN 978-0313337802.
- Colavito, Jason (19 August 2011). "My Alien Afternoon with Giorgio Tsoukalos". JasonColavito.com. Jason Colavito. Retrieved 14 February 2014.
- 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.