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.

XFN will also be giving away 3 copies of the book (including signed bookplate) to a few lucky Philes. To enter, you must submit a description of an ORIGINAL monster that could have been in The X-Files. Send a maximum of 250 words to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. before 11:59pm PT on October 16th to enter. One entry per Phile.

 

Happy Anniversary, Philes! Can you believe it's been 25 years since The X-Files debuted on FOX? Who knew on a Friday night in 1993, something was happening that would change so many lives for the better. Back in July when we asked you, the fans, to tell us what the show means to you, we knew you would have a lot to say. But we were truly overwhelmed by the moving, thoughtful responses we got. One thing became very clear while watching your stories. It doesn’t matter if you’ve been a Phile since Day One or you found the series recently, The X-Files is not just something you watch. It’s a story that becomes a part of you.

It’s a show that inspires us to make new friends and experience new adventures. It’s a show that brings out the most creative and artistic parts of us. It’s a show that inspires women and girls around the world and gives them a new role model. For some of us, the hope we found in The X-Files was life-saving.

Fandom can be a tricky thing. Many of us may have nothing in common besides our shared love of these characters. And that’s part of what makes this bond so beautiful. We can come together over shared appreciation and put aside our differences to share a laugh or even a tear or two. There’s nothing like time spent with another fan, to know that person understands when you sing a chorus of “Jeremiah was a bullfrog” or mention that cerulean blue is a gentle breeze. That knowing look you exchange if somebody gets light cream cheese on their bagel. From Lake Okobogee, to Skyland Mountain. To the depths of the Oregon forests and the deserts of New Mexico, to Russian gulags and even the reaches of space. We've explored so many places together, had our hearts broken together, and picked up the pieces together. 

We’re a community that knows no one gets there alone, and we rally in support. We know that when things seem impossible, we don’t give up. And that the Truth, whatever that truth may be to you, is always worth fighting for.

Now it’s time for me to let the fandom do the talking. XFN is proud to present “25 Years of X-Philes: A Tribute to the Cast, Crew, and Fans of The X-Files.” We’ve got four parts to share throughout the day. Thank you to everyone who contributed! We hope you enjoy watching as much as we’ve enjoyed creating this.

It's not every day your favorite show turns 25! In celebration of the premiere of The X-Files in 1993 several members of the cast and crew shared memories of their time spent on the show. Frank Spotnitz, Vince Gilligan, Robert Patrick, Annabeth Gish, Shannon Hamblin, and Kristen Cloke Morgan all spoke about their experiences. And Karin Konoval brings one of her amazing characters back for a visit. You know you've missed Chucky Poundstone! Check out all the videos below. We also gave the fans a chance to tell their stories with our four-part documentary "25 Years of X-Philes." If you haven't had a chance to watch that yet, check it out here. 

Are your Fight the Future Barbies looking a little lonely on the shelf? You can get them some company now. FOX has teamed up with Mattel and created these new Agent Dana Scully and Agent Fox Mulder Barbies in honor of the show's 25th Anniversary on September 10th. FOX says the dolls "celebrate the influential series that went from breakout sci-fi favorite to massive global hit, becoming one of the most successful television dramas of all time." 

The dolls will be released on Amazon on September 1, but you can pre-order Scully and Mulder now. Or find them at Mattel's official Barbie website, or at the FOX Shop where they've added some other 25th anniversary gear.

Check out some more of the doll details below.

This handshake on our TV screens on a Friday night was the start of something amazing. TV critics didn't give it much of a chance, but little did they know how big this new show called The X-Files would become. It was September 10th, 1993, when Mulder and Scully first came into our lives when the Pilot aired on FOX. 218 episodes and 2 films later, this year marks the 25th anniversary of our beloved show. To celebrate, we want to hear from you! We are putting together one last fandom video hurrah and we want to include as many people as possible. We want to know, what does 25 years of The X-Files mean to you? Tell us about a favorite moment, why you became a fan, why you've stayed with the show all these years. Did the show inspire friendships? Marriages? Did you find your career because of Mulder and Scully? Do you simply want to say thank you to the cast and crew? That works too! Record yourself on video and share it with us! Here are a few guidelines.

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