Monday, February 27, 2017

About the author

James J. Caterino is a freelance writer based in South Florida. The wildly controversial scribe is a graduate of the University of Pittsburgh and the Action/Cut school of directing. He is the author of "Technicolor Dreams", "Battle of the Network Superheroes", "The B Girl", the "Caitlin Star" series, "Steel Phantom", "The Selfie", "The Last Neanderthal", "She", "Action Figure", "All About Amy", "Video Noir", "Among the Stars", hundreds of essays, movie, television, and music reviews, screenplays, short stories, and much more. Please visit for more 

Published works

Technicolor Dreams Battle of the Network Superheroes 
Just Imagine: The Sketchbook of James J. Caterino
Among the Stars
The Last Neanderthal
Steel Phantom
The Selfie
Caitlin Star: The Trilogy
The B Girl
Caitlin Star and the Rise of the Barbarians
Caitlin Star and the Guardian of Forever
Caitlin Star
Sword of the Bull Mongoni
Rise of the Bull Mongoni
Action Figure
Video Noir
All About Amy
Gunner Star


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Favorite stuff


Rise of the Planet of the Apes (2011) 
E.T. The Extraterrestrial (1982)
Videodrome (1983)
Falling Down (1993)
Dawn of the Planet of the Apes (2014)
JFK (1991)
Close Encounters of the Third Kind (1977)
Enchanted (2007)
Robocop (1987)
The Age of Adeline (2015)
Indiana Jones and the Temple of Doom (1984)
Exotica (1994)
Love Actually (2003)
The Abyss (1989)
The Fury (1978)


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)


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


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


So Close - Alan Menken and Stephen Schwartz performed by Jon McLaughlin (2007)
Gods and Monsters – Lana Del Rey (2013)
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)
Let the rivers Run – Carly Simon (1988)
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 
Friday the 13th (1980) Harry Manfredini

Friday, February 24, 2017

'Just Imagine: The Sketchbook of James J. Caterino"

James J, Caterino, the acclaimed and wildly controversial author of lurid and action-packed works of imagination such as "Caitlin Star: the Trilogy", "Steel Phantom" and "Among the Stars", allows us inside his personal sketchbook for the first time ever as we get a glimpse into the author's personal obsessions with pop culture, fashion, and femme fatales.

Now available in paperback and Kindle.

About the author

James J. Caterino is a freelance writer based in South Florida. The hirsute scribe is a graduate of the University of Pittsburgh and the Action/Cut school of directing.The musclebound storyteller is the author of "The B Girl", the "Caitlin Star" series, "Steel Phantom", "The Selfie", "The Last Neanderthal", "She", "Action Figure", "All About Amy", "Video Noir", "Among the Stars", hundreds of essays, movie, television, and music reviews, screenplays, short stories, and much more. Please visit for more information.

Thursday, February 9, 2017

The story behind ‘Among the Stars’

“Among the Stars”, the brand new, just published, exciting sexy space opera adventure, is written for the same target audience as all of my work—my thirteen year-old self. In other words, me as I am right now, forever trapped in a perpetual state of exuberant adolescence.

I write books that I want to read, but nobody else has written. So I am compelled, obsessed, and destined to write them because I desperately need to experience these stories.

The initial creative spark for “Among the Stars” literally comes straight out of my adolescence, because it is based (loosely) on a short story I wrote in circa 1977-78 at the age of thirteen. At the time I was placed into something called the GATE program (that later became the ACE program). It was a “special needs” program according to the state, and in this case the special need was having an I.Q. above 135. Yeah, yeah, well bleep you, because that was a long time ago and whatever capacity I once possessed for higher intelligence has long since vanished.

At any rate, “Among the Stars” was my homage to the science fiction TV shows I had grown up on, mainly classic “Star Trek”, “Space 1999”, and “Lost in Space” (the first season when it was serious, before descending into buffoonery).

“Among the Stars” was my first official work of fiction, (typed out in proper manuscript form by my poor Aunt who had the thankless task of deciphering my handwritten chicken scratch), so I have always wanted to revisit it in some fashion. So in 2015 I was watching film critic Peter Travers interviewing Quentin Tarantino about his then upcoming film “The Hateful Eight”, and Quentin talked about how the inspirations for the film were the endless series of mysterious stranger guest stars who came to town each week on shows like “Gunsmoke”, “Bonanza”, and “The Big Valley”.

That was the spark. Why couldn’t I write my own movie inspired by the TV shows that I grew up on? And I could write the movie as pilot film for a new series (be it film or television). Plus I now had an additional four decades of genre material and forty years of life experience to draw from. Thus, “Among the Stars” version 2017 was born—a wickedly exciting, wildly imaginative new published screenplay that draws inspiration from my love of space opera, pulp fiction, and film noir.

From the back cover:

The year is 2042. The return of fascism, war, and raging climate change have left the Earth on a path toward inevitable destruction. But there is one industry that thrives as people look for an escape—space tourism—lead by Brenda Bakke, the CEO and designer of the Aphrodite, a cruise ship to the stars.

Brenda offers a scholarship ticket to Stanford astrophysicist student Ariana Green, hires Captain Rochelle Blair to helm the Aphrodite’s maiden voyage, and invites former space fighter turned rogue gambler Von Sky to join the ship’s elite stunt team, the Space Angels.

They sail off for Saturn, and the celebrated space cruise is all Brenda could have hoped for, until, sabotage strikes, sending the Aphrodite and its eleven-hundred passengers and crew straight into an anomaly of dark energy where they become—lost "Among the Stars".

Written in the screenplay format, "Among theStars" is the original pilot script for an exciting new science fiction series from the lurid imagination of James J. Caterino, author of "Caitlin Star: The Trilogy" and "Steel Phantom".

This exclusive special edition contains a bonus section of "Among the Stars" concept art from the author’s personal sketchbook.