Monsters of the Week
The Complete Critical Companion to The X-Files
By Zack Handlen, and Emily Todd VanDerWerff
Foreword by Chris Carter
Illustrator Patrick Leger
  • Imprint: Abrams Press
  • Publication Date: September 3, 2019
  • Price: $20.00
  • Trim Size: 6 x 9
  • ISBN: 978-1-4197-3803-6
  • EAN: 9781419738036
  • Page Count: 512
  • Illustrations: 12 black-and-white illustrations
  • Format: Paperback
  • Rights: WENG ex*
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The complete critical companion to The X-Files

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

"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, writer and star of The Big Sick; creator of The X-Files Files podcast
“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, cocreator of Lost and The Leftovers

About the authors

Zack Handlen is a freelance writer whose work regularly appears online at The A.V. Club. He is also the author of If You Like Monty Python... He lives in Maine. Emily Todd VanDerWerff is the critic at large for Vox and The A.V. Club’s first TV editor. Her work has appeared in the Los Angeles Times, Salon, and Grantland. She lives in Los Angeles.