There’s always been a very succinct way that we as fans identify our favorite parts of The X-Files: whether it be Shippers or Noromos, or we use abbreviations like MSR, or DRR, and then Mythology and MOTW.
The latter is the center of the newest critical companion written by Zack Handlen and Todd VanDerWerff. Monsters of the Week presents itself as the most complete one, with a foreword by Chris Carter and interviews with Vince Gilligan, Howard Gordon, Darin Morgan, Robert Patrick, Mitch Pileggi, Frank Spotnitz and James Wong. This isn’t just a book about reviews, but it is one that is a very well placed balance of opinion and history.
We had the opportunity to speak with both Todd and Zack about their motivation for writing this collection of reviews.
If your X-Files collection could use a little more filling out, Abrams Books has just what you’ll need. On October 16th, the publishing company is set to release “Monsters of the Week: The Complete Critical Companion to The X-Files.” Here’s what you can expect:
"In 1993, FOX debuted a strange new television show called The X-Files. Little did anyone suspect that the series would become one of the network’s biggest hits—and change the landscape of television in the process. Now, on the occasion of the show’s 25th anniversary, TV critics Zack Handlen and Todd VanDerWerff unpack exactly what made this haunting show so groundbreaking. Witty and insightful reviews of every episode of the series, revised and updated from the authors’ popular A.V. Club recaps, leave no mystery unsolved and no monster unexplained. This crucial collection even includes exclusive interviews with some of the stars and screenwriters, as well as an original foreword by X-Files creator and showrunner Chris Carter. This complete critical companion is the book about The X-Files, the definitive guide whether you’re a lifelong viewer wanting to relive memories of watching the show when it first aired or a new fan uncovering the conspiracy for the first time."
XFN will be bringing you a full review of the book, but in the meantime, you can pre-order the book on Amazon. And for those who pre-order before the October 16th release, you can sign up to receive a free bookplate in the mail. Signed by Chris Carter and authors Zack Handlen and Todd VanDerWerff, the bookplate sticker can be placed in the front of your book. Simply fill out this form and upload a copy of your pre-order receipt to receive the bookplate.
Leaves are crunching, cider is flowing, and pumpkins are popping up all around. Halloween is just around the corner, and given that this is the spookiest time of the year, it’s time for XFN’s 9th annual pumpkin carving contest. This will also be our final carving contest, so the time is now to show us why your kung fu is the best.
The rules are simple:
What are the perks of entering this contest? Well the winner always receives a special X-Files prize, plus your pumpkin will be judged by an XF expert. We're delighted to share that Frank Spotnitz has agreed to be our judge this year. Previous judges have included Gillian Anderson, Mitch Pileggi, Annabeth Gish, and Chris Carter. So time to get carving, Philes! We're excited to see what you come up with.
If you’d like some inspiration, check out the entries from 2017, 2016, and 2015.
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