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“Opening The X-Files” is Now Available on Amazon Kindle and Google Books!

Hi guys!

Just a quick update to let you know that my new book, Opening The X-Files: A Critical History of the Original Series, is now available as an eBook from Amazon and Google Books. Links available below.

There will also be a print book available, and that will be released in a few weeks. But if you absolutely, positively have to read it now, you can pick it up for your eReader of choice at that links below.

The book has been a labour of love. It is basically the distillation of all of my reviews of The X-Files into a singular linear narrative that charts the show from its origins and influences through to the release of I Want to Believe. It includes sidebars and tangents for particular creators of interest and for the various other tie-ins, spin-offs and other interesting thematic divergences.

(It does not include the revival series, but if it is popular enough, a second edition or follow-up could always be possible.)

It has been a fun project, and I am hugely indebted to those who offered their support along the way. The book was published by McFarland Books and comes with an introduction by actor and comedian Kumail Nanjiani. With a bit of luck, if this project goes well, I might attempt something similar in the near future.

If you need the book right now, here are the links to the places where you can purchase the eBook online:


You are willing to wait a little longer, you can order a hard copy of the book from many of the same places:

If you’d like to support the book, there are a number of things that you could do:

If you want a sample of what the book will cover, in a much more organised manner, there are some sneak peaks online:

If you’re still on the fence, here are come very nice things that some very nice people said about the book:

A welcome, and well-written addition to X-Files lore, by an author who knows his stuff.

John Kenneth Muir, author, The X-FilesFAQ

I get excited about watching the episodes, but I get just as excited about reading Darren afterward.

Kumail Nanjiani, actor, comedian and writer

The truth is in here! If The X-Files were a college class, Mooney’s book would be the essential text. It not only supplements, but greatly enhances one’s enjoyment of the groundbreaking series.

Rod Lott, FlickAttack.com

A massive thank you to everybody who has supported the book so far. If you have any questions, feel free to leave them in the comments and I’ll try to answer all of them.

8 Responses

  1. Congratulations on this being published! The X-Files is an awesome series and I have enjoyed reading your reviews here on your site. I am eager to read what else you have to say. Can’t wait to read it.

  2. Reblogged this on It Rains… You Get Wet and commented:
    Frequently cited on my Year of Bests series, blogger and now author Darren Mooney has just released a compendium of his thoughts on the seminal TV series of the ’90s — The X-Files. To be on my reading list shortly (via my Kindle app)…the analog form, i.e., paperback, lands on October 15, 2017 here in the U.S. Either way, so looking forward to this.

  3. Started from the bottom now we’re here ♪

    This is fantastic news, Darren, congrats. On a side note, Amazon seems to think that since w’re fans of your work, we’d be interested in downloading some Garth Brooks. (The hat, no doubt.)

    • Thanks Ed.

      That is a very strange correlation… I was chuffed when mine recommended Chris Knowles’ X-Files book.

      • Love Chris Knowles!

        (Though the presidential election seems to have melted his brain a little. I used to link people to him all the time. Now I’m embarrassed to.)

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