Can you believe it’s the 25 anniversary of The X-Files this year?
With Season 11 bringing back the old vibes, and the strong phile phandom, these complex characters have a lot of life in them yet. (Note: This sentence was written before My Struggle 4 and may no longer be relevant, but be assured that the ancient fanfic here is a seemingly endless source of lovingly crafted stories featuring the Mulder and Scully we fell in love with, and even at their most out-of-character they aren’t as out-of-character as we saw them in the series finale.)
The aim of this project is to resurrect some of the X-Files Fan Fiction from the Wayback Machine without compromising the privacy of authors who no longer want their fics archived under their original names. A pseudonym is allocated for any authors who no longer want their names associated with their “youthful indiscretions”,or authors who used what appear to be uncommon real names and can’t be contacted. This can be an established pen name that they’ve provided before, or we may make slight changes to the spelling of a name or use/remove initials to make a name more common. This is in no way an attempt to remove the rights of the original author, but to protect their right to privacy while keeping their masterpieces out where they can be enjoyed.
Whilst these stories are generally available via the Wayback Machine Internet Archive, and many are on Gossamer, they’re not searchable there, and can’t be linked to at Gossamer. Any author or site resurrected here is one we love, and we think they deserve to be exhumed and returned to life a’la Mulder after the time and effort that was put into creating them.
Where possible we try to retain as much as we can of the original pages and layouts, especially where entire sites or parts of sites are recreated, as we want them to be close to the author’s original creations as possible. This means a lot of old .txt files, and some ancient HTML (we intend to update the code when time permits). However, images are often missing and have to be recreated, usually without knowing what the originals looked like. If anyone has access to the originals, please send them our way, we can guarantee they’d look better.
Also, in the interest of a more pleasurable browsing experience, we may remove or dull down some elements to avoid contributing to seizures and eye strain. We apologise if you came for the full 90s experience of distracting backgrounds and flashing gifs. We also remove non-working elements such as web rings, counters, and links which can no longer be accessed. Embedded .wav files will be automatically removed because we never could stand those.
It’s important to recognize that the majority of these works are being resurrected without the permission of the original authors. Despite a low success rate, an attempt is always made to contact the owners/authors of the original sites (but not the author of each story within archives where multiple authors are featured), but with contact emails often being from the last millennium our emails usually remain unanswered. If you’re an author featured here and have stumbled across your work, please appreciate that it’s here because it’s still bringing happiness to new generations of fans. If for some reason you want it allocated a different pen name or removed, please contact us.
Feel free to link directly to any works on this site as long as your link is done under the assigned pseudonym. You may be aware of the original author name, but the intent is for their real names to not pop up on Google under a search by name only. Any pages uploaded prior to being fully reviewed are blocked from Google until maintenance is complete, and linking to a page can compromise this so a note will appear on that page asking to contact us prior to linking. We are experimenting with the exclusion of .txt files from search engine indexing so the author’s original details can remain there, and so far those files have stayed off search engines but we’ll look at that further if the situation changes. Thanks for your co-operation with this; we understand that it’s not the best way to operate, but we want to prevent any issues for those authors who don’t want to be associated with their long lost fics, and there are probably more authors who’d like to distance themselves since the Season 11 finale! 😉 We’ve learned now to avoid uploading anything until it’s ready to go, which means sites are slower to get up but we don’t waste as much time trying to remove things from search engines when their creepy crawlies overlook our instructions.
If you have any questions or concerns, please don’t hesitate to contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org.