Sunday, April 22, 2018

Three short stories that will rock your world


An illustrator at an ad agency creates a drawing of a woman taking a selfie for a smart phone ad campaign.Then, he comes across a real-life, living version of the exact same woman and image.What happens next is beyond anything he could have possibly imagined.

In the tradition of "The Twilight Zone", "The Outer Limits", and "Amazing Stories", "The Selfie" is a bold, shocking, romantic, unforgettable short story from the lurid imagination of James J. Caterino, author of “The Last Neanderthal” "Watch the Skies", and “Caitlin Star: The Trilogy.”





When they decided to bring back a new, re-imagined version of “The Battle of the Network Stars”, writer James J. Caterino knew he had to find a way to get into the competition. And when he did, it became the adventure of a lifetime.

“Battle of the Network Superheroes” is another wild, wickedly entertaining tale from the fevered imagination of controversial author James J. Caterino, creator of “Steel Phantom”, “Among the Stars”, “The Last Neanderthal”, and the “Caitlin Star” series. 




Alycia is on the trip of a lifetime. She is deep in the rain forest of the Congo Basin, conducting field research for her doctoral thesis in Anthropology. She leads a team of fellow students and a professor. All is going well until they come across a murderous group of poachers who hold them at gunpoint, determined to torment the group of academics before leaving them for dead. Things get ugly and all appears lost, until, a mysterious bare-chested man appears, giving the poachers more than they bargained for.

They say he lost someone in one of the countless American mass shootings. They say he snapped, hoisted a NRA stooge Senator over his head, tossed him like a rag doll, and was sent to jail. They say he came to the Congo to escape humanity, and protect the last patch of paradise on Earth. They call him the Eco-Warrior.

John Kregar is, the Eco-Warrior.

Monday, April 9, 2018

John Kregar is 'The Eco-Warrior' in new action-packed short story



Exciting new short story now available on Amazon Kindle.

Alycia is on the trip of a lifetime. She is deep in the rain forest of the Congo Basin, conducting field research for her doctoral thesis in Anthropology. She leads a team of fellow students and a professor. All is going well until they come across a murderous group of poachers who hold them at gunpoint, determined to torment the group of academics before leaving them for dead. Things get ugly and all appears lost, until, a mysterious bare-chested man appears, giving the poachers more than they bargained for.

They say he lost someone in one of the countless American mass shootings. They say he snapped, hoisted a NRA stooge Senator over his head, tossed him like a rag doll, and was sent to jail. They say he came to the Congo to escape humanity, and protect the last patch of paradise on Earth. They call him the Eco-Warrior.

John Kregar is, the Eco-Warrior.

Wednesday, March 28, 2018

'Watch the Skies', exciting and emotional UFO epic



My new book "Watch the Skies" is now available in paperback and on Kindle

If you like stuff like "Close Encounters of the Third Kind", "E.T.", and "The X-Files", I promise you are going to love "Watch the Skies".

“Watch the Skies” is a wild, exciting, epic tale of UFOs and alien abduction, spanning fifty years and told through the eyes of three woman who must find a way to endure all that happens to them until the very end, when all will finally be revealed.

From the back cover copy:

On December 9th 1965 a strange, other-worldly craft crashes into a ravine in Kecksburg, a town south of Pittsburgh. It becomes known as Pennsylvania’s Roswell. The crashed UFO is witnessed by scores of local residents, including ten year-old Eliza Straight, a curious and intelligent young girl who is forever changed by the horror and wonder of what she experiences that night.

On July 2nd 1993, fourteen year-old Shelly Stevens and her two friends have a close encounter with a glowing craft that descends down from the night sky, hovering above them. They awake three hours later with no memory of what transpired during that missing time.

Dr. Sally Ludwig is the daughter of a former Nazi scientist who was recruited by the U.S. Army Intelligence as part of Operation Paperclip. He is put in charge of dealing with the Roswell Crash and becomes a founding members of Majestic. Now, many years later, Sally picks up the mantle, maniacally obsessing over the power and technology of these strange craft, desperate to possess it for herself.

“Watch the Skies” is a wild, exciting, epic tale of UFOs and alien abduction, spanning fifty years and told through the eyes of three woman who must find a way to endure all that happens to them until the very end, when all will finally be revealed.





Tuesday, March 27, 2018

My top five Steven Spielberg films (and top runners-up)




In honor of “Ready Player One” opening this week, I took on the impossibly herculean task of trying to list my top five favorite Steven Spielberg films. Keep in mind Spielberg is my favorite director and I will argue till the end of days (as I have been since 1977), that he is hands down the greatest director of all time. But he certainly doesn’t need me to make the case. His body of work speaks for itself.

A couple of points to keep in mind. “Schindler’s List” (1993), the film that finally got Spielberg the Oscar he was robbed of for “E.T”, “The Color Purple”, and “Empire of the Sun”, is not on this list. It is a staggering cinematic and historic achievement on so many levels, I consider it to be in a separate category, almost a docudrama. Plus this is a favorite film list, and so matter how gorgeous Janusz Kamiński’s cinematography is and how achingly beautiful the John William’s music is, “Schindler’s List” is tough going and often difficult viewing—as it should be.

Anyway, so here it is—my five favorite Spielberg films, and a brief mention of some of my runner-ups.



1.  E.T. The Extraterrestrial (1982)

If you were there on June 11, 1982, sitting in the hallowed hall of a darkened theater when this emotionally gut-wrenching, bittersweet, character-driven masterpiece first opened…then you know exactly what I’m taking about.





For most of the film-buffs and science fiction fans of my generation, “Star Wars” was the movie that changed everything. For others it happened five years later with “Blade Runner”. But for me, it was that other science fiction film of 1977, Steven Spielberg’s epic, breath-taking masterpiece “Close Encounters of the Kind”. Here is a review I did of the film upon its 2017 re-release on the big screen.







3. A.I. Artificial Intelligence (2001)

This is a dark, complex, sentimental, and haunting film that polarized critics and turned off audiences who were expecting a feel good movie in the spirit of "E.T.". It is also a brilliant, deeply affecting film with an emotionally devastating final fifteen minutes. “A.I” is tragically underrated and hopefully will be rediscovered one day in a way that the next film on my list has been.







4. Empire of the Sun (1987)

I remember seeing "Empire of the Sun" at a 10PM showing on the Friday night it opened. I literally staggered from the theater breathless from the haunting dreamlike imagery and the soul stirring score by John Williams. 

Today, Spielberg films routinely get lots of nominations and rave reviews. This was not the case back in the mid to late 80s as Spielberg’s epic and multiple successes created a massive wave of bitter backlash. Spielberg resentment overtook Hollywood. poisoning the industry, especially the Academy voters. Thankfully, “Empire of the Sun” is now at least close to being recognized as the masterwork that it is.





5. Indiana Jones and the Temple of Doom (1984)

It was the original torture porn movie that outraged critics, freaked out parent groups, infuriated the moral police, and created the PG-13 rating. Drawing inspiration from the “Weird Menace” pulps of the 1930s and the Men’s Adventure magazines of the 1960s, “Indiana Jones and the Temple of Doom” set off a firestorm of controversy when it opened on Memorial Day weekend in 1984. 

Simply put, this movie is blast—a rip-roaring wildly entertaining thrill ride. It is also one of Spielberg’s best films strictly from the standpoint of craft. It is just brilliantly directed.


Runners-up?

How about all of the remaining 32 films, plus his two episodes of “Amazing Stories”—“Ghost Train” and “The Mission”. But if I had to choose five more to round out an official top ten list…



6. “Catch Me If You Can” (2002)

So light on its feet and yet deeply touching, with absolutely endearing performances from Leonardo DiCaprio, Christopher Walken, Tom Hanks, and Amy Adams.






7. The Color Purple (1985)

Spielberg was infamously snubbed a Best Director nomination, despite the fact the film received eleven Academy nods, including three for actors who never acted before! That’s like saying “yeah we know you made a great film and did an amazing job with these first time actors, but we are going to fuck you anyway because E.T. made so much money.”



8. Jaws (1975)

Sure, it could be higher on this list, but the competition is fierce.







9. Jurassic Park (1993)

It still blows my mind that Spielberg made this and “Schindler’s List” in the same year.





10.  1941 (1979)

Call it a guilty pleasure if you wish. but there is so much for me to love in this film. The impeccable miniature work, the breathtaking cinematography, the knockout John Williams score, a very sexy Nancy Allen, and most of all, the scene with Robert Stack watching “Dumbo”.

Thursday, March 15, 2018

If you like 'Tomb Raider', you will love the 'Caitlin Star' series




Part animal. Part legend. All woman. 


Caitlin Star: The Trilogy, is a collection of the first three action-packed books in the controversial Caitlin Star series, collected in one volume for the first time ever. All three books are newly edited and contain brand new, never before read scenes. Also included is a ten page sketchbook of illustrations by the author, all exclusive to this special-edition collection.

Caitlin Star (book 1) 

Gunner Star takes on Caitlin as his protégé and trains her in the ways of the Bull Mongoni, a mythic species of hominids that lived long ago. An exciting, brave new world opens up for Caitlin as she discovers a new philosophy, and begins to see the world around her from a new perspective. This is the origin story you have been waiting for.

Caitlin Star and the Guardian of Forever (book 2)

Caitlin is called into action by Azrael—a.k.a. the Black Knight—a fellow Bull Mongoni warrior with roots in the Congo. Now she must defeat the White Hand, battle the militia of a ruthless Uganda dictator, and face down a mysterious figure who is manipulating everything behind the scenes for a devious purpose that will threaten every living thing on earth.

Caitlin Star and the Rise of the Barbarians (book 3)

Caitlin now lives a life of peace and tranquility deep in the rain forests of the Congo among her ape friends, free from the evil and destructive species known as Homo sapiens. All is well until one day a massive cruise ship shows up on the shore carrying hostile invaders commanded by an old arch enemy of Caitlin’s who will stop at nothing to destroy her and the last remaining paradise on earth.

Caitlin Star: The Trilogy is an addictive, riveting, hard-edged, YA dystopian action adventure that will blow you away and leave you begging for more.



Caitlin Star and the Hand of God (Caitlin #4)

Caitlin Star was once a beaten down but fiery thirteen year-old orphan trained by Gunner Star in the ways of the Bull Mongoni—a mythic species of ancient hominids. Caitlin fought in the Stadium Games and became the leader of a revolution that defeated fascism in the culture civil wars of North America in the days before the apocalypse.

But those days of training, Stadium Games with fights to the death, and revolutions, were a long time ago. Now the Bull Mongoni are not mythic. They are real and living in the Congo rain forest with Caitlin and her human, chimpanzee and gorilla friends. And for the past several years, Caitlin has been less of a warrior and more of a stateswoman as she and her friends have worked hard to build a new world—one of peace where both they and the Earth itself could finally heal from all of the trauma of the past decade.

But across the Atlantic a new evil has been brewing in the tattered remnants of America. An evil that has other plans. An evil being stoked and inspired by an orange-faced ex-TV reality star conman named Mack and his cult leader sidekick Frank Aries, a sadistic religious psychopath who is known as the Hand of God.

“Caitlin Star and the Hand of God” is a smashing, stand-alone sequel to “Caitlin Star: The Trilogy” from neo-pulp master storyteller James J. Caterino.


Friday, March 9, 2018

About the author

About the author (updated 03-09-2018)








Published works
The Eco-Warrior (2018)Watch the Skies (2018)
Caitlin Star and the Hand of God (2017)

Technicolor Dreams (2017)
Battle of the Network Superheroes (2017)
Just Imagine: The Sketchbook of James J. Caterino (2017)
Among the Stars (2017)
The Last Neanderthal (2016) 
The Selfie (2016)
Caitlin Star: The Trilogy (2016)
The B Girl (2016)
Caitlin Star and the Rise of the Barbarians (2015)
Caitlin Star and the Guardian of Forever (2014)
Caitlin Star (2013)
Sword of the Bull Mongoni (2012)
Rise of the Bull Mongoni (2010)
Action Figure (2008)
Video Noir (2007)

All About Amy (2006)
She (2005)
Gunner Star (2004)
Steel Phantom (2002)

Non-profits


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Favorite stuff

Films

Dawn of the Planet of the Apes (2014)
E.T. The Extraterrestrial (1982)
Videodrome (1983)
Falling Down (1993)
Rise of the Planet of the Apes (2011) 
JFK (1991)
Close Encounters of the Third Kind (1977)
War for the Planet of the Apes (2017)
Enchanted (2007)
Robocop (1987)
A.I. (2001)
The Age of Adeline (2015)
Indiana Jones and the Temple of Doom (1984)
Exotica (1994)
The Empire Strikes Back (1980)
Love Actually (2003)
The Abyss (1989)
The World, the Flesh, and the Devil (1959)
Back to the Future (1985)
The Girl in the Gold Boots (1968)

TV

24 – FOX (2001-2010, 2014)

The X-Files – FOX (1993-2002)
Unsolved Mysteries – NBC (1987-1997)
Mad Men – AMC (2008-2015)
Star Trek – NBC (1966-1969)
Homeland – Showtime (2011-present)
The Simpsons – FOX (1989-present)
The Walking Dead – AMC (2010-present)
Fringe – FOX (2008-2013)
Bewitched – ABC (1964-1972)




Writers

Robert E. Howard
John Jakes

Edgar Rice Burroughs
Joan Ellis
D.C Fontana
Harlan Ellison
Kristin Hannah
Sloan Brittain

Richard Matheson
James Wong & Glen Morgan

Music

John Williams
Jerry Goldsmith
James Horner
Michael Giacchino
Hans Zimmer
Garbage
Charli XCX
Lana Del Rey
Chvrches
Ellie Goulding
Giorgio Moroder


Songs

So Close - Alan Menken and Stephen Schwartz performed by Jon McLaughlin (2007)
Gods and Monsters – Lana Del Rey (2013)
Love Me like You Do - Ellie Goulding (2015)
Viva La Vida - Coldplay (2008)
Live and Let Die – Paul McCartney and Wings (1973)
Push it – Garbage (1998)
Edge of Seventeen – Stevie Nicks (1981)
Kokomo – The Beach Boys (1988)
American – Lana Del Rey (2013)
Make That Move – Shalimar (1981)
I See You (Theme from Avatar) – James Horner and Kuk Harrell performed by Leona Lewis (2009)
Take On Me – ah-a (1985)
What's Going On – Marvin Gaye (1970)
Temptation Waits – Garbage (1998)
Love Lives On –   Bruce Broughton, Cynthia Weil and Will Jennings, performed by Joe Cocker (1987)
Summertime Sadness – Lana Del Rey (2012)
Love Theme from Flashdance - Giorgio Moroder (1983)
Summer Days - Tony Romeo, David Cassidy, performed by David Cassidy (1971)
Break the Rules – Charli XCX (2014)


Film Scores

Total Recall (1990) - Jerry Goldsmith
A.I. Artificial Intelligence (2001) - John Williams
Poltergeist (1982) - Jerry Goldsmith
Deep End of the Ocean (1999) - Elmer Bernstein
Indiana Jones and the Temple of Doom (1984) - John Williams
Obsession (1976) Bernard Hermann
Legends of the Fall (1994) - James Horner
King Kong (1976) John Barry
Dawn of the Planet of the Apes (2014) Michael Giacchino
Batteries Not Included (1987) James Horner
Young Sherlock Holmes (1985) Bruce Broughton 
Body Double (1984) Pino Donaggio