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Monsters of the Week

The Complete Critical Companion to The X-Files

Zack Handlen, Emily Todd VanDerWerff, Chris Carter (Foreword by), Patrick Leger (Illustrator)


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Digital Audiobook (10/15/2018)
Paperback (9/3/2019)


In Monsters of the Week: The Complete Critical Companion to The X-Files, TV critics Zack Handlen and Emily Todd VanDerWerff look back at exactly what made the long-running cult series so groundbreaking. Packed with insightful reviews of every episode—including the tenth and eleventh seasons and both major motion pictures—Monsters of the Week leaves no mystery unsolved and no monster unexplained. This crucial collection includes a foreword by series creator Chris Carter as well as exclusive interviews with some of show’s stars and screenwriters, including Carter, Vince Gilligan, Mitch Pileggi, James Wong, Robert Patrick, Darin Morgan, and more. Monsters of the Week is the definitive guide to The X-Files—whether you’re a lifelong viewer or a new fan uncovering the conspiracy for the first time.

Praise For Monsters of the Week: The Complete Critical Companion to The X-Files

"This rich critical companion provides what evert X-Files fan deserves"
— Entertainment Weekly

The X-Files is my favorite show and Zack and Emily are my favorite reviewers of my favorite show and this is my favorite quote about it.”
— Kumail Nanjiani

“If Mulder and Scully had access to this terrific book, they would’ve solved every mystery of The X-Files in a single season. . . .The truth is in here!”
— Damon Lindelof

Abrams Press, 9781419732478, 512pp.

Publication Date: October 16, 2018

About the Author

Zack Handlen is a freelance writer whose work regularly appears online at The A.V. Club. He has also written for io9Inverse, and the Toast and is the author of If You Like Monty Python . . . (Limelight, 2011). He lives in Portland, Maine.

Emily Todd VanDerWerff is the critic-at-large for Vox and the first TV editor of The A.V. Club. Her work has also appeared in the Los Angeles TimesSalon, and Grantland. She lives in Los Angeles.