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THE BASEMENT BOOK SHELF: “The X-Files: The Official Archives: Cryptids, Biological Anomalies, and Parapsychic Phenomena” by Paul Terry

During a recent visit to Barnes and Noble, I came across this interesting book in the entertainment section. I was always a fan of the television show The X-Files, which ran from 1993 until 2002. I was fascinated with the exploits of Fox Mulder and Dana Scully, especially when it came to flying saucers and aliens. When I saw the book “The X-Files: The Official Archives: Cryptids, Biological Anomalies, and Parapsychic Phenomena,” I was just as fascinated. This was of course until I saw the price of $50.00.

One thing I have found myself doing now in these situations, is looking the price up on Amazon. Though there have been times where Amazon’s price was higher, this wasn’t the case here. At the time of this writing Amazon’s price was $28.04 and with Prime, I actually got it the next day! Say what you will will about Amazon, their prices and shipping times are hard to beat.

When an X-Files fan opens up “The X-Files: The Official Archives,” they are gaining access—for the first time—to Agents Mulder and Scully’s notes, records, and visual evidence from actual X-File reports. Designed to mimic a collection of FBI case files and packed with such items as autopsy reports, mug shots, lab results, handwritten notes, newspaper clippings, pages ripped from antique books on the occult, and security camera printouts, this fully authorized book is the only one of its kind.

Detailing the agents’ investigations into 50 cases of cryptids, biological anomalies, and parapsychic phenomena—from the Flukeman to The Great Mutato to Pusher—”The X-Files: The Official Archives” showcases some of the show’s greatest villains (some dastardly, some just misunderstood), and instructs future agents on how to successfully investigate the paranormal.

The X-Files: The Official Archives” was released in September of 2020 and it’s a great book to have in your library. Though a complete work of fiction, the 304 pages are presented in a realistic fashion. It really is like having Mulder and Scully’s case files at your disposal. This book is a lot of fun and I have been finding myself going back to it over and over again. There is just so much to take in. It also makes for a nice trip down memory lane. It’s easy to remember these cases and want to watch them again. I would love to see a follow-up to this book, concentrating on the alien mythos.

I truly enjoyed this book. It’s well put together and very informative. After reading it, you may find yourself pulling out your X-Files DVDs! If you would like to buy a copy, please click on the image below. Don’t forget to read the other blogs in my BASEMENT BOOK SHELF series.

~David Albaugh

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