Jason Colavito is an author and editor based in Albany, NY. He is internationally recognized by scholars, literary theorists, and scientists for his pioneering work exploring the connections between science, pseudoscience, and speculative fiction. His investigations examine the way human beings create and employ the supernatural to alter and understand our reality and our world.
He has published several books including The Cult of Alien Gods: H.P. Lovecraft and Extraterrestrial Pop Culture (Prometheus Books, 2005); Knowing Fear: Science, Knowledge, and the Development of the Horror Genre (McFarland, 2008); and Jason and the Argonauts through the Ages (McFarland, 2014). In 2011, Colavito launched his own line of print-on-demand books collecting rare texts about alternative history, the occult, and speculative fiction.
Colavito appeared on Codes & Conspiracies on the American Heroes Channel in 2015 to offer expert commentary on the ancient astronaut theory and its impact on science, pseudoscience, and popular culture. Colavito's research on extraterrestrials and H. P. Lovecraft was also featured on the History Channel in 2009, and he has provided research assistance and consulted on such programs as Secret History of UFOs (NatGeo), Monster Quest (History Channel), Ancient X-Files (NatGeo UK), and William Shatner’s Weird or What? (History Television Canada/NatGeo UK).
Colavito began debunking fringe science and revisionist history in the web-based magazine Lost Civilizations Uncovered in 2001. Since then, his work has appeared in Skeptic magazine, Humanist Network News, Swift, The Canadian, and TVTome and other outlets. Colavito has also worked as a consultant for major museums, both public and private.
In addition to nonfiction writing, Colavito has also authored several short stories. Colavito’s speculative fiction has appeared in a number of outlets, including the anthologies 2012 AD (Severed Press, 2010), Elements of Horror (Elements of Horror Press, 2010), and Letters from the Dead (Library of the Dead Press, 2010), as well as magazines such as Twisted Dreams.
Colavito holds a Bachelor of Arts from Ithaca College in Ithaca, New York where he majored in both anthropology and journalism. A summa cum laude graduate, Colavito was recognized as the Distinguished Graduate in the Social and Behavioral Sciences, and he was made the Jessica Savitch Communications Scholar for his work in journalism. In 2004, Colavito placed his first professionally published article, "Charioteer of the Gods," in Skeptic magazine. Shortly thereafter he sold his first book, The Cult of Alien Gods, to Prometheus Books.